You might have seen on some news sites that Anita Sarkeesian has been subjected to yet another barrage of trolling - this time enough for her to contact the authorities and spend the night elsewhere.
It’s incredible really. People angry that she’s raising the issue of violence towards women in games respond by… Oh, look. Threatening violence against a woman. Congratulations on proving her point?
I just can’t get my mind round how these trolls are so angered by what she does. If you disagree with her viewpoint, the simplest thing to do is not watch her videos; end of problem. Of course, the educated response would be to acknowledge that her opinion exists and that she’s allowed to have it, even if you don’t think she’s right. But apparently that’s too hard for some people. It’s much better to create burner Twitter accounts and send her threats in 140 characters or less. Genius.
Gaming isn’t an all-male preserve. Anita isn’t trying to wreck your favourite hobby and turn everything into kittens, rainbows and shoes. She’s just pointing out that there’s a bit of discrepancy where the roles and depictions of men and women are concerned. And maybe we should have a think about that.
Anonymous troll rage is not required.