Anita Sarkeesian “Staying With Friends” After Threats

Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of Tropes vs. Women in Games, had to contact police authorities after receiving “scary threats.”

Sarkeesian reported these threats on the Twitter account for Femenist Frequency, the video web series she created and hosts. The threats were preceded by the release of a new episode of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, a series that Sarkeesian crowdfunded via Kickstarter back in 2012. The new episode was entitled “Women as Background Decorations” and dealt with the tendency of games to treat women as “sexual playthings” as well as “perpetual victims of male violence.”

While Sarkeesian has received a good heaping of praise for her work in this second video, many male gamers have also come at her with disdain and threats, the latter of which apparently became so bad that she felt the need to contact police and even vacated her home.

“Some very scary threats have just been made against me and my family,” Tweeted Sarkeesian.Staying with friends tonight. I’m not giving up. But this harassment of women in tech must stop.”

Sarkeesian would go on to share a screen capture of a series of threats that struck her as more disturbing than the usual diatribe she receives. Be warned that it is, in fact, on the upsetting side of things.

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16 Comments on Anita Sarkeesian “Staying With Friends” After Threats

Franklin

On August 28, 2014 at 1:19 am

“While Sarkeesian has received a good heaping of praise for her work in this second video, many male gamers have also come at her with disdain and threats, the latter of which apparently became so bad that she felt the need to contact police and even vacated her home.”

With no actual real proof other than things that could be doctored and besides this come from a charlatan.

But for the video which of course this lady seems only gives two examples of games set in modern time which is hardly a moot point for a game or series of games that are striving for some authenticity of the history and period settings.

and as for many male gamers well the truth is not much actual real proof has ever been given by her.

and of course we simply can not take the word of a proven charlatan or a video game website especially in recent events

Balance? What's That?

On August 28, 2014 at 1:30 am

Ah, for a while I thought maybe GameFront had learned its lesson about pushing a half-baked decades-stale agenda onto its audience wasn’t a good thing, especially when Phil Hornshaw’s tongue-bathing of this ignorant sexist hack was correctly criticised as liberal pandering by every single commenter on this site. Alas, not enough clickbait at the moment.

The funny thing is, Stew perfectly explains WHY Sarkeesian is derided so much. “Perpetual victims of male violence” is as much evidence as you need that this woman has no idea how the world works, she’s still deluded into her childish one-dimensional mindset that men are vicious and women are virtuous. This sort of asinine reasoning isn’t reflecting in, say, domestic violence statistics (you know, the things that are actually factual instead of opinion-based) which shows over a third of victims are male and over a fifth of perpetuators of physical violence are female. Not to mention that men make up the victims of violent crime in over 90% of all cases, something that this attention-seeking misandrist moron has no interest in.

Obviously the threats are not acceptable, not least because they just give this vile woman and her blinkered supporters more confirmation bias to convince them that what they’re doing and saying in advocating gender apartheid is somehow justified. However, Stew once again sticks his foot in his mouth and shows that he’s not interested in reporting fact as much as shoving his beliefs onto us by claiming her views are mostly well-received (they’re not) and that’s it’s only men who are against what she’s saying (it’s not – there are many ACTUAL feminists who have called her out on her lies and ridiculous claims). You only have to look at any of her videos to see what an uninformed, uneducated woman Anita really is, doing no research on any of the games she plays or on their audiences, and just using it as fuel for rants. You also only have to look at how reasoned most of the critical comments about her are and how rambling and ad hominem her retorts are. She is not an ambassador for women in the games industry, she is exactly why there is still distrust towards them. She is setting the feminist movement back by decades, and you people should be ashamed of yourselves for giving her a platform for doing so. You claim to be all about female empowerment, yet you give airtime to someone who’s clearly doing this for herself and out of a loathing towards men, NOT for what’s actually right and good for women.

Anita Sarkeesian is an irrelevance. Everyone else has noticed this. The sooner GameFront gets off its high horse and recognises this as well, the better for everyone.

AxΣtwin

On August 28, 2014 at 4:58 am

I wont get into it again on the topic of this person. All I want to say is the only reason GF is posting this is because Kotaku has a much larger article making Anita out to be a martyr and the next Mother Teressa.

Shluraffa

On August 28, 2014 at 5:34 am

The only upsetting thing is that she managed to find and screencap a 12 second old tweet by a burner account that was directed @femfreq, although she was apparently logged out at the time. Use your brains, sheeple.

King

On August 28, 2014 at 7:04 am

Feminists have destroy our society for the last 50+ years! They only get a voice cause they feed the corporate machine which is against healthy family values! People fear terrorism when we should be fearing the destruction of Feminism values instead! There is a reason why 80-90% of criminals come from broken families which is due to dysfunctional Feminism valves that break up families!

People like Anita should have their throats cuts for poisoning our great country!

SXO

On August 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

When people grief a popular youtube streamer, everyone is all hearts and sympathy. When people grief a polarizing figure like Sarkeesian, it’s all vitriol and hate for sites even reporting it.

Crazy Slobbering Thing

On August 28, 2014 at 7:59 am

Hey ummm King…? Lemme just, uh, lemme just quote ya here:

“King

On August 28, 2014 at 7:04 am

Feminists have destroy our society for the last 50+ years! They only get a voice cause they feed the corporate machine which is against healthy family values! People fear terrorism when we should be fearing the destruction of Feminism values instead! There is a reason why 80-90% of criminals come from broken families which is due to dysfunctional Feminism valves that break up families!

People like Anita should have their throats cuts for poisoning our great country!”

Which nut bush you picking these nuts from? Thems crazy nuts. If you eating these nuts in public, you be careful, coz those kinda ummm threatening violent type nuts are the kind where you tend to choke your own darn self or mebbe get a real bad allergy.

But you know, stay ing insane you weirdo. x

Hemlock

On August 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

*shakes her head at King*

I’m going to assume that was ‘tongue in cheek’ but if not….dude, take your meds.

Also, attitudes in some of these posts are the problem.

So you don’t like her or her message.
It doesn’t give you the right to harrass and threaten someone (or to support the harrassment).
Man-up and 1) ignore it or 2) have a reasoned articulate response
Otherwise you’re just a moron.
Also, not calling out morons for their moronic behavior also makes you a moron.
(What was that quote….”All it takes is a few good men to do nothing?” I’ve probably mangled it)

SweetPea

On August 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

@Shluraffa

Hahaha, good call. She really is a manipulative *****.

Beth

On August 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

I must say I am absolutely stunned by this news. Who would have guessed that aggressively attacking 50% of all people on the planet based on nothing but their gender would provoke a negative reaction? This is the most unexpected turn of events since the LA riots.

Are you kidding me? You’re still trying to portray this woman as an equal rights campaigner? She’s now more interested in equality and fairness as Bill O’Reilly. She’s what’s known as a professional victim, someone who looks for reasons to complain and makes completely baseless statements in order to solicit angry responses, thus proving her correct in her own eyes. She preys on the damaged and the delusional, and her views are largely ignored as dogmatic nonsense, even by the majority of female commentators on her videos. The only people that seem to think she has anything to say are mostly male socialists who want to engender liberal guilt for entirely selfish reasons.

In other words, Anita does not speak for most women, game players or not. She speaks for a thankfully depleting minority of neo-fascist bigots using the blanket term of feminism as a veil to get away with spewing the most hate-filled vomit imaginable. It speaks volumes of how ignorant the likes of Anita, as well as her supporters on this site, truly are about women and society in general that they think this useless sack of bile is a credible mouthpiece for feminism.

The only surprise in all of this is that she has any friends to stay with, although it’s not surprising that she’s a complete and total coward who needs to hide behind other people when things get too heated for her.

AxΣtwin

On August 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

There’s two aspects of this that sadden me.

The first is the fact she was receiving threats. Once again members of this wonderful (he said sarcastically) community take it upon themselves to start dolling out threats of violence (and probably death, let’s not kid ourselves here) to someone who happens to have a difference of opinion. Sure, if this were any other medium or even any field of academia everyone would have stopped taking her seriously long ago. Her facts would have been so thoroughly refuted that people would start to question what back-ally Guatemalan college she got her title of “expert” from. What was I saying? Oh right, violence. It saddens me that people have to resort to threats of violence in matters like this. Seriously, despite my personal opinions, this response never ceases to bewilder me. And people continue to wonder why the gaming community is rarely ever taken seriously and why many dev companies have to hide behind big ugly publishers for protection. Naturally, if these people are ever caught, they’ll back peddle so GD fast, trying to play the “freedom of speech” or “I was just joking” cards.

The second thing that saddens me about this whole thing is Anita strikes me as the type of person who thinks “if people aren’t getting angry at what you have to say, then you’re not doing your job right”. I know in a few days, we can expect a new wave of articles, complete with screenshots of her twitter where she’s talking about how she’s not letting this experience get her down. How, this has just completely revitalized her passion for the entire project because now she knows for a fact she’s on the right path. For the record, I don’t have a problem with her message. I have a problem in the way she presents it. Hyperbole, misinformation, incorrect information, evidence presented entirely out of context will always be an incorrect way to form an argument, it doesn’t matter if you happen to be right.

I know, I know. I said I wouldn’t jump in here, but if I don’t say something, then it’ll bug me all night and I won’t get any sleep.

R.J.

On August 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

@Axetwin

I couldn’t have said it any better.

tigerza

On August 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I dislike feminism and to be fair I dislike sexist guys just as much, but going this far just means she threatened your twisted views and gives credence to her views even the really stupid ones.

Tommy B Rude

On August 29, 2014 at 12:02 am

It’s sort of interesting, if a random person were in the same situation I would probably say they were justifiedin their concerns. But knowing that Sarkeesian is a professional complainer my first instinct is to rollmy eyes and dismiss it as more of her typical ovoverreaction nonsense.
I wonder if these third wave feminists are aware of just how much the cry wolf factor hurts women’s issues. If you equate insignificant offences with real harassment, then eventually people will treat your claims of actual harassment as they would insignificant offences.

Slim

On August 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

‘Staying with friends’

So I assume she’s hanging out in a gutter somewhere?

GazH

On September 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29028236

Oh great, shes made it into mainstream news…