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How Anita Sarkeesian spent her Kickstarter money

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How did Feminist Frequency spend thier money?

Not everyone likes Anita Sarkeesian, and it’s because she likes to point out fundamental flaws in some of our most beloved experiences. No one likes being told that they’re wrong about something, but Sarkeesian does that on a daily basis. Her Feminist Frequency organization started off as a modest Kickstarter but quickly grabbed netted a lot more money than initially expected. So where has that all been spent?

It’s something that critics of Anita Sarkeesian like to bring up, and something that hasn’t really been properly discussed by the activist herself until now. In an update to her Kickstarter page, Skarkeesian has outlined exactly how funds have been distributed over the two years that Feminist Frequency has been around, and how the overwhelming support has fundamentally changed the ideas she had for the project back at inception.

Initially, the entire Tropes vs. Women series was only meant to be five videos long, with each clocking in at 10-12 minutes. That set the low Kickstarter goal, but immediately changed after the $6000 was reached in less than 24 hours. The need for more meticulously combed and thought out content also became a necessity after the hate started appearing, as Sarkeesian explains.

One thing was immediately apparent, however: the harassers had made it their mission to pick apart and distort every minuscule detail of my work and even my personal life in order to try to discredit, defame, and ultimately silence me. My arguments and examples had to be airtight; I felt I could not afford to make a single mistake or error. That was, and is, a lot of pressure.

Feminist Frequency was no longer a small side project; something the end Kickstart total of $158,922 made very clear. The scope of the project was increased, meaning more games were played, more people were hired and production costs increased. Feminist Frequency also became a fully registered, fully staffed non-profit organization, with Sarkeesian taking it up as a full-time duty. That’s why the financial breakdown for the past two years doesn’t just read “video production” and “games”.

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What has that all accomplished? Over the past two years Sarkeesian and her team have released six long, in-depth Tropes vs. Women videos, with work on the next currently underway. Sarkeesian is pleased at how their work already has a marked impact on the gaming industry, with games media now questioning tropes that they never used to. She’s pleased that there’s a stronger awareness of inquiries in gaming culture, and that developers themselves are beginning to realise that. She’s already been invited to studios like EA DICE, Bungie, and ArenaNet to give talks, as game developers around the world recognise the importance of what she is saying.

Developers who were responsible for some of the games that I have critiqued in my series have graciously accepted the criticism and have promised to do better in the future.

She also doesn’t brush off the emotional toll all of her work has taken on her personal life, and acknowledges how much worse harassment became ofter the formation of GamerGate. Her, along with other partnered organisations, fight online harassment outside of the public eye, which forms just another pillar of what Feminist Frequency is all about.

But there is also work being done behind the scenes in private meetings and consultations with major social media and gaming platforms, and by partnering with other organizations to form a task force with the goal of ending online harassment.

It’s very easy to nitpick a lot of what Anita Sarkeesian fights for, but at the end of the day I consider her work to be an important part of our industry today – even if I don’t always quite agree with it. Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency have brought to light inequalities that shouldn’t really exist anymore, and awareness alone has already changed so many paradigms in the way games are made. That alone is commendable, and I’m eager to see where she and her team go next.

Last Updated: January 26, 2015

234 Comments

  1. Now she would be a nightmare if she was ginger:

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  2. Gavin Mannion

    January 26, 2015 at 09:36

    “Not everyone likes Anita Sarkeesian, and it’s because she likes to point out fundamental flaws in some of our most beloved experiences.”

    No it’s because she makes shit up and uses our industry to enrich herself while offering very little actual positive influence. She may have a vaid point here or there but when she milks the entire industry as her personal vendetta I have an issue…

    The industry would be better with her no longer in it IMO

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 26, 2015 at 09:51

      Mail me your bank details, I’d like to buy you a case of beer. Gaming gets tons more exposure than pamphlets or Change.org. She’s doesn’t even like gaming. Yes she is making us aware of the problems but for all the wrong reasons.

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      • Brady miaau

        January 26, 2015 at 09:58

        Ah yes. Sorry. What he said

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    • Brady miaau

      January 26, 2015 at 09:57

      I have researched her a bit, and it seems she attacked movies and TV series in another life, in a now removed youtube channel. Found the videos somewhere.

      What pissed me off about some of the example she uses, in games I have played, is that she removes the context completely. GTA V, you can shoot woman. Great. You can shoot men too. Point

      I do think her later videos got a bit better, in terms of understanding the content, but she still made some glaring mistakes.

      How can someone do right (bring focus to social issues) by doing wrong?

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 26, 2015 at 10:40

        You can shoot men in GTA!?!?!? *GASP

        *Yes that was sarcasm 😀

        I understand what she’s trying to say. The way woman are portrayed in some games like GTA (Prostitution etc) can be a bit over the top. But she uses it as an example to “show” how men hate woman in the industry when it simply isn’t true. GTA is meant to be over the top. Heck you can go on a mass killing spree of an entire city and you want to complain about woman in the game? Seriously? If you are ok with the all the violence except the violence against the woman, then you need to re-evaluate your life because none of the violence in GTA is actually OK if you want to really get in to it

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        • Gavin Mannion

          January 26, 2015 at 10:42

          “The way woman are portrayed in some games like GTA (Prostitution etc) can be a bit over the top”

          That I completely disagree with, how are woman portrayed any differently in GTA compared to men?

          There are prostitutes, grannies, teenagers, business ladies, celebs, yoga moms and every version in between. While men are gangsters, drug dealers, business men, kids and everything else….

          All seems pretty well balanced

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          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 26, 2015 at 10:44

            Fair enough and I agree, but that’s why I said I can understand where she’s trying to come from but she completely fails in her attempts because the rest of the game is just as bad. Hence why I said that if you are ok with the violence in the game but complain about just the woman in it, then you need to re-evaluate. Heck, you are actually being hypocritical. If you are going to hate on the game because of the way woman are portrayed you better hate on it for the rest too because the game is over the top in all aspects.

          • Brian Murphy

            January 26, 2015 at 17:17

            Indeed, and the other issue with taking aim specifically at a game like GTA, is it ignores the actual efforts to replicate the era of American culture that GTA takes place in. Like it or not, every era that GTA has covered, has it’s own ‘flavor’ of social issues, that they go through great pains to recreate in a tongue in cheek fashion.

            She may not like it, but, that’s not her call, nor is it her or anyone’s RIGHT to interfere with it. That’s America’s history. That’d be like doing a civil war era game and conveniently leaving out any kind of reference to slavery. Sorry, that shit happened, it’s part of this countries history, and pretending it didn’t won’t solve a goddamn thing.

            We have this big issue w/ people trying to rewrite history books to take a ‘softer’ tone on that whole ‘pesky’ slavery thing, not to mention the asinine attempts to interject creationism into science texts. I consider this really no different an issue.

            Are there games where pointless examples exist, that could be rectified? Absolutely. Chris Metzen at Blizzcon discussed a very obvious one w/ Alexstraza and his daughter inquiring why she was in the middle of a war, dressed in a bikini. Great point. Fix it. I have no problems with that, it’s not like I’m rubbing one out every time I head to Dragonblight to do old Dragon Soul runs. But, ultimately that’s up to Chris Metzen. His child asked him a question, the question made sense, so he rectified Alexstraza’s character model in Hearthstone (full armor). But, that’s up to the designer to do. If you can provide a logical critique about it, many of them are actually pretty reasonable individuals. But, trying to whitewash socio-political issues of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, in ‘Murica? It makes her no better than creationists, or the GoP who hates to acknowledge slavery was ever a ‘thing’.

            Now here’s where things get sticky (no pun intended). Provided laws are being followed, who has a right to interfere with another persons creative process? Who has the right to tell people what they can, and cannot dream up? Who has the right to tell people they cannot have this fantasy, or that fantasy. Personally, regardless of whether I find the content objectionable or not, I simply don’t feel anyone has that right. It’s not your call, it’s not your money being invested, and you aren’t required to buy, play, experience, watch, etc… any of that content. Deal with it. I will never, raise a finger, to censor, or edit someone’s creative process. It’s their dream, it’s their vision.

            That’s what this really comes down to. People with an idea, and the money to invest in a project, have every right to pursue that project to their own ends, provided, as I said, laws aren’t being broken.

            The speech by Andrew Shephard (played by Michael Douglas), in the movie ‘The American President’ kind of rings true here (part of a larger speech, but this is the part I felt was most relevant):

            “It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.”

            Free Speech, means free speech. Just like Sarkeesian would hate to be muzzled by any law, or group, or entity, so to would it be a shame to muzzle the creative process, just because you object to the content.

          • TheDude

            January 26, 2016 at 03:25

            The “eras” that the GTA games are “recreating” are highly fictionalized versions.
            They just keep the stuff that seems cool, rather than portraying “social issues”.
            A game set in the 80’s will have people doing cocaine, but no one will have aids.

            While it might be realistic to have characters who live in a more sexist and racist time period behave accordingly, having everyone being a stereotype is not.
            In a city the size of the ones in GTA, there WOULD be at least a few female drug dealers but a lot of video game creators prefer male characters and hookers instead.

          • Vinzenz Stemberg

            February 19, 2015 at 23:44

            Not to mention all the ‘problematic’ content she finds in GTA, where the hell does she think it originates from? THEY’RE SATIRISING HOLLYWOOD PORTRAYALS
            So if she truly wanted to ‘fight sexism’ she would actually go back to her old job.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 08:52

            nobody cared when she reviewed movies, and since she’s in it for attention she switched to something more incendiary and attacked gamer culture, trying to sell us the idea that “gamer” is a bad word and all game devs are misogynists.

          • TheDude

            January 26, 2016 at 02:26

            It’s been a while since I played GTA, but I don’t remember any male strippers or prostitutes.

            Maybe there was a female gangster or drug dealer (that didn’t wear a bikini instead of normal clothes), but I’m PRETTY sure you couldn’t pick up guys in the street and fuck then in your car.

            So…yeah, I’d say they’re portrayed different.

      • Elenath

        April 29, 2015 at 07:04

        Sure, if by “removing the context” you mean “talks in length about that very issue and discusses the difference”.

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        • Brian Hull

          February 10, 2016 at 08:53

          she hasn’t actually played any of the games she reviews. case in point: she rants about treatment of women in Bioshock, blissfully unaware of the “torture carnival” area where all the victims are men. because she never played it.

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    • Allykhat

      January 26, 2015 at 10:05

      My god… the high fives you deserve for that statement are uncountable… I say well played to you sir! 😀

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    • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

      January 26, 2015 at 10:07

      Like I said. She is essentially an emotional terrorist. Forcing her view
      onto others by using sleazy tactics and misdirection. I mean if you are
      going to criticize things like Bayonetta then at least play the game
      instead of watching a trailer.

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    • Craig Deubler

      January 26, 2015 at 10:55

      Your comments make me a sad Panda. As a parent watching girls get alienated by sexist crap in gaming, and watching guys not give a crap, or worse, it infuriates me that when someone takes the time try and explain the issue clearly and succinctly, instead of listening, you grab your balls and put up a middle finger.

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      • ToshZA

        January 26, 2015 at 10:57

        The problem isn’t that women want equality – the problem is that what Anita is doing is creating hate for male gamers, instead of equality for all gamers.

        It’s vitriol, it’s underhanded, and it’s not doing anyone any favours.

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        • Craig Deubler

          January 26, 2015 at 11:32

          You illustrate my point beautifully. From your response I have my doubts you actually watched the clips. Nowhere does she ever hate on male gamers. She discusses the objectification of women and the lack of their equal representation in games. There is no illuminati / secret society/ witch coven. That’s all in your deflated sense of male privilege.

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          • ToshZA

            January 26, 2015 at 11:34

            Thanks for the laugh mate. Whatever, go back and report to your Anita gods or whatever.

            Really, the hate is there, don’t be so blind. Go watch the clips again, then go see what her effect on the industry actually is. Hope the paycheck is worth it. 🙂

          • Craig Deubler

            January 26, 2015 at 11:47

            Which effect is that? The one where 99% of the industry agrees with her? Where she’s been invited to speak at the top dev houses and universities?
            I maintain my statement – you obviously haven’t watched them.

          • Frank and beans

            May 26, 2015 at 05:13

            Craig, you are talking nonsense and making yourself look like a moron. Also 99% of the industry does not agree with her, hence the reason she has not achieved anything.

            If anything she has lost 60% of her fan base, thats why her twitter post only get around 400-700 reply’s and shares now.

            She was not ask to speak at any Dev’s houses. You make up more bullshit then she does. She was asked to speak at one uni and that had a turn out of about 20 people.

            But please link all your evidence to back up your comment and the stats you have posted.

            You can check mine by looking at her twitter account and the link below.
            http://www.portalcelebrinando.com/2014/11/anita-sarkeesian-loses-more-than-50-of.html

          • bingbingwa

            October 5, 2015 at 02:49

            Yeah, invite to LEFTIST universities who seem hell bent on censorship.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:01

            yeah she’s been invited to do all that- because we live in a world where AUTHORITARIAN political correctness had a stranglehold on this country for several years. But the honeymoon is over; Anita’s opponents have buried her in subscriber numbers, and she is leaving FemFreq to join Twitter’s new “trust and safety” censorship police lol… which is why Twitter stock is still dropping like original sin.

            you seriously cannot make this stuff up.

          • FSR

            January 26, 2015 at 12:25

            Too… bright… all… the… shining… light… you… glorious… knight…..

          • Gavin Mannion

            January 27, 2015 at 08:53

            Bullshit, she even went so far as to blame school shootings in America on masculinity. That is entirely made up crap and is blatantly anti-male.

          • Craig Deubler

            January 27, 2015 at 10:53

            Firstly, citation needed, because I’m 100% sure you’re cherry picking. Secondly instead of knee jerking to everything, take a second to actually process what you already know. As stated elsewhere, male culture is dominated by solution by violence. It’s the foundation of our patriarchal society.
            Lets talk about school shootings, how many of them were by guys? All of them? That sounds like a bit more than a coincidence. 90% Of domestic violence is committed by men. I think I’m seeing a pattern….
            Male culture celebrates violence, you can’t deny it.

          • Thidran

            February 19, 2015 at 23:57

            http://pastebin.com/GVQH1qBG She also plugged a book. Also, she ended up sharing her CP nuke to her followers on september 5th because apparently she couldn’t report the account. She ended up causing hundreds to end up seeing it for no good reason. http://archive.today/166kN

            Does she have good points? Occasionally, but she’s not even remotely qualified to handle it. The team steals content from let’s play videos(and stole art from an artist to promote her kickstarter), Is years late with their content at this juncture, and is prioritizing media tours rather than completing their work. My advice? Do your own research.

            Here’s a couple refutations of her work so far: https://medium.com/@cainejw/dishonesty-feminist-frequency-part-1-fe937f6a791e

            http://metaleater.com/video-games/feature/why-feminist-frequency-almost-made-me-quit-writing-about-video-games-part-1

            Come on back whenever you actually research rather than “listen and believe”.

          • Frank and beans

            May 26, 2015 at 05:15

            You really are nothing more then a sheep. Guess that’s why all of your posts have one vote, yet everyone else has more.

          • Dong

            August 12, 2015 at 18:50

            All of them?

            please see Brenda Spencer, Laurie Dann, Jillian Spencer, Latina Williams, and Amy Bishop.

            All are female school shooters. In addition, accurate representation has indicated that the percentage of domestic violence is approximately equal between the genders. If anything, female on male abuse is acceptable and even humourous, in contrast to its opposite.

          • Craig Deubler

            August 13, 2015 at 04:00

            Only 5 female shooters since 1979. 70+ school shootings since Sandy Hook in 2012. Sorry, but there is no equivalence there.

            As for Domestic Violence, 1 in 3-4 victims are men, but 75% of the perpetrators are men. Of that abuse, abuse by women is more likely of an emotional or psychological nature, abuse by men is typically physical – assault, rape or murder.

            In Australia, around 2 women are killed a week. Men killed by women is closer to that per year.
            Here are stats for the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_in_the_United_States

            Men have a cultural problem with violence. Instead of trying deflect the issue, maybe it’s worth taking a critical look at what you perceive as acceptable, and what you can do to make things better for everyone.

          • Joe Public

            October 23, 2015 at 17:15

            gtfo sexist

            Anita is dying from lack of attention. Her histrionics are recognized now by many. She is a dishonest pot-stirrer looking for a quick buck, and pseudo-intellectuals fall for it.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:06

            Violent crime has dropped by over 50% in the US since 1993. Sex crime by more than 70%. There is no rape culture, there is no wage gap, and video games do not make people sexist. Women earn more money to age 40 now lol; she has no platform at all. She should have presented her opinions AS personal opinions, because the idea that she has any sort of mandate in the industry is laughable. I am a developer myself and I can tell you real people describe her quite differently than the lip service she is given at functions. She is the very definition of femnazi-crazy. No one wants to touch that.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:03

            she thinks the word gamer is sexist because it excludes women. please come out of your bubble lol.

          • The Truth Hurts

            April 19, 2016 at 01:30

            The fact that most school shootings are by men is not an example of “privilege” or “power”, it’s an example that males are suffering more and have fewer outlets to be heard or helped. Our gynocentric society caters to women and allows women to express themselves — men on the other hand are seen as expendable, less important than women, and are told to suppress their issues. You are an enabler of this very same facet, whether you are aware or not. You are a blind individual who views things through a lens that suggest men are always at fault, always the villain, and always “privileged” and “powerful” regardless of circumstances.

          • ginmar

            November 25, 2015 at 01:35

            Pay no attention to Craig, he or she is a troll. Craig actually had daughters who tried to play video games, he would know that it is not any of the images in the video games that alienate them, but the complexity of the controls them selves. Anyone with any experience knows that trying to incorporate their girlfriends/wives/daughters into playing games knows that they lose interest quickly with complex controls such as those involved with Halo or COD. There are women who do enjoy these games, and are good at them, but the average woman does not. I even bought “Little big planet” to try to spend time with the women in my life on a video game that is a bit more complex than the Wii. They preferr the Wii. Sure, anyone who wants to get offended by everything they see can call these statements misogynistic. However, it is just biological differences, just like I do not see the point in spending hours on end scrolling through eBay for clothes, purses, shoes, and jewelry interesting or fun. Sure, I am a privileged male because I do not find “House hunters international” interesting but I am forced to watch it. A real man who is married with daughters would know that married men are not privileged, we are part of the only form of legalized slavery on the planet. We go to work while the women spend the money that is earned and contribute nothing in return. I did my own laundry, the dishes, and, picked up dinner on the way home from work every day. I was pathetic. Then I realized that I did not need to be guilted into staying in a life that had me fantasizing about ways to kill myself for years. I bit the bullet and accepted that I was inevitably going to lose half my stuff anyway but had a chance of being happy. The clichés are true: How many divorced men does it take to change a lightbulb? Doesn’t matter, they never get the house anyway. Why are divorces so expensive? Because they are worth it. If Craig actually is married with children, then I feel sorry for him and his pathetic life. For anyone other man not married, don’t do it. You do not have to anymore. Women no longer require a commitment to sleep with you, in fact the more resist it, the quicker they will put out. In fact I guarantee Craig’s wife is running around with a “real man” and letting the SJW White Knight pay for her lifestyle in the meantime. Protest all you want Craig, but it’s true.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:08

            Exactly, I have found in the business that the women who are hardcore gamer enough to excel at games like GTA, Street Fighter, or Fallout do not give a rat’s behind about sexy characters. The people who whine about them are not in fact playing those games, they are raising the issue in a political manner for attention.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 08:59

            horseshit. This is a woman who said “everything is sexist, everything is racist, everything is homophobic, and its our job to point that out”. She also said “women sometimes choose careers that are damaging to other women.”

            The reason she has never risen above the level of hot air, is that she presents her OPINION as though it were fact, cherry picks her examples and deliberately misrepresents them. She says it’s not that men are “encouraged” to attack women in Hitman, it’s that they “can” attack women. in other words she wants an electric fence to protect women on their pedestal.

            the only people who take her seriously are allergic to doing any actual research (and since she herself is not a gamer it makes sense).

            female devs have DOUBLED since 2009. Crime in the US has PLUMMETED like never before in history since 1993- exactly the same time video games have exploded. Studies have been done over and over and over that clearly indicate games do not promote violence, or sexism- in fact they tend to make people LESS racist, less sexist, and even out perform depression medication on many occasions.

          • Jessica Lindsay

            September 23, 2016 at 19:40

            Speaking as a FEMALE gamer, Anita rarely if ever actually plays the games she discusses. I myself have caught her out in a flat out LIE several times (for example; in one video, she tells you that a certain game encourages players to murder a group of strippers. I have played this game. It PENALISES this act, and ninety percent of people don’t even go PAST the strippers). She makes claims about video games that are simply not true, and ignores any data that doesn’t fit her narrative. She’s also a hypocrite; she wants strong female characters – but her first example of a positive female character (and this comes after years of NEVER coming up with any solutions to the problems she presents) is a blank slate with no emotion, no drive and no story. This is after saying, repeatedly, that exactly this is sexist. She then backflipped and said it was a good thing. A positive role model for young girls to look up to. This is the woman you are defending – a liar, and a hypocrite who doesn’t know what she wants. One minute a female character has to be well rounded, the next she’s touting the blankest, emptiest female character she can as a positive role model. One minute she’s saying there shouldn’t be violence against women in video games – in the next breath, she says she wants more female protagonists (most video games are violent. Therefore, more female protagonists naturally means more violence against women). She has decried literally every type of female character it is possible to write as sexist for SOME reason or other, often directly contradicting herself.
            And mentioning YOUR point, about people who don’t want to have a rational discussion – Anita doesn’t. Even people who make calm, rational disagreements with her are flat out called sexist and trolls and bullies. She doesn’t take a single second to listen to ANYONE who does not immediately agree with her. As a female gamer, I feel more oppressed by HER and people like her than by the gaming industry. She’s constantly telling me who I can and can’t be. What I’m allowed to like and dislike. And if I dare disagree with her, it must be because I’m so brainwashed I don’t know what’s good for me (I have had feminists say this to me). Because how could a person with rational thinking skills ever disagree with the person who has been caught out for LYING?

            My final point is in regards to the gaming industry “agreeing” with her. Most places she’s been featured and given air time are not linked with gaming. Stephen Colbert is not in the gaming industry. And whether people like it or not, websites like Twitch and Youtube are becoming a bigger and bigger PART of the gaming industry. Games are being developed by Youtubers, and even more are made with Youtubers in mind. The biggest have a platform of millions of people. Yet I have yet to see a single one agree with her views. Some have put their points politely, some have become vehemently angry. But ALL of them disagree with her. Most gamers – and as the consumers, I would say they’re just as important as ANY developer; developers make what the consumers want – disagree with her. That’s already less people supporting her than the ninety percent you claimed. Even if EVERY developer and reviewer supports her – which I doubt, since consumers don’t – that’s closer to sixty percent as a generous estimate. Since consumers vastly outnumber developers, that number still assumes a large number of consumers support her, which I haven’t witnessed in all the time I spend online. It’s probably even lower.

            You know the best part? The very culture you are defending gives me, as a woman, the power to say that if you disagree with me, you’re sexist. And there’s nothing you can do, because I’m a GIRL and you’re a MAN. But I’m not going to do that, because I actually believe in equality and not just blaming men for existing. And you are not actually being sexist. I just want you to understand the people you support and that the very rhetoric you’re defending could easily come back to bite you. But Anita?

            I could also mention the fact that you want citation, but you’re not giving ANY of your own. As part of the group who wants to make change, it’s actually YOUR job to prove your point and not ours. Innocent until proven guilty – the people trying to change the status quo are the ones who have a point to prove. You don’t have a right to demand citation until you can provide your own. Because people have been playing games for a while now; and since then we’ve seen LESS sexism in the real world.

            If your daughters have GENUINE sexist experiences with gaming, and you’re not subconsciously forcing what you THINK they’re experiencing onto them, please tell me about it in more detail so we can actually discuss this. Because I have four younger sisters, and several female friends who play games. NONE of them feel discriminated against, or alienated. I want to know what games your kids are playing and why you’re still letting them play them. There are plenty of games out there with strong female role models – Life is Strange, the Walking Dead from part 2 onwards, Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Portal, Tomb Raider, to name a few off the top of my head. There are even more unisex games out there – Minecraft, Undertale, Pac Man (I don’t count Pac Man as male, because it’s a shape and not a living creature), Tetris, Oblivion (and basically ANY rpg where you can choose the gender of your character; but I chose the Elder Scrolls because it’s a series where females are not sexualised) etc. Get your daughters playing THESE games. And most importantly, make sure they understand that a work of FICTION does not define them as human beings. As a parent, that is one of your most important jobs. Teach them that just because the protagonist in Doom is male, that doesn’t mean they can’t be kickass too! Maybe don’t encourage them to start shooting things with guns, though.

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 26, 2015 at 11:00

        Unfortunately there is sexism in gaming. But there is also bullying which incorporates everyone.
        There is racism too. Heck as a white male gamer in my 30s (Apparently I should belong to some golden boys club of the gaming world) I still to this day get told what will be done to me late at night when I am sleeping be pre-teen kids who shouldn’t even own the games they are playing.

        The fact is I know more girl gamers than men gamers (In person). None of them have been alienated because they’ve realised a harsh truth: The world is not accepting of anyone or anything outside of their little bubbles. You get sexism, racism, bullying etc the same as in school.

        You can either run from it, or learn from it.

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      • Gavin Mannion

        January 26, 2015 at 12:01

        I have 2 girls and we discuss the problems openly… Anita starts ith a valid point and then loses it.

        Your aggressive response is the problem with SJW’s now days. As soon as someone has anything but pure agreement with Anita you just lash out.

        Anita does many things except explain things clearly and succintly.

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        • Brady miaau

          January 26, 2015 at 12:14

          Win: Anita starts (w)ith a valid point and then loses it.

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        • Craig Deubler

          January 26, 2015 at 13:56

          Sure, Critiques are for criticism, but I’m afraid all I see here is a bunch of shallow crap flinging. I seriously doubt anyone here actually watched any of the videos, unedited, themselves.
          I just see a bunch of bros looking for an outrage. Even more so if someone dare challenge male privilege.
          I’ve heard ad nauseam the comments about hookers in gta, versus killing guys and its just a big flag of “dumbass hasn’t watched it” because, well, watch it.
          (not saying you specifically, I’m just not posting twice)
          The industry needs more voices, I’m sick of 99% of if being “YOU’RE SPECIAL, KILL CRAP, win!”

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          • Brady miaau

            January 26, 2015 at 15:19

            Was with you till the last line “YOU’RE SPECIAL, KILL CRAP, win!”. What does that mean?

            For the record I have watched many of her videos, including older ones from before the Tropes vs Woman. Some interest, sure, but I still maintain that some of the points made were twisted too far to fit the mould desired.

          • Craig Deubler

            January 27, 2015 at 08:37

            The shouting was with respect to game design. Practically every ‘big’ game follows the same shtick.

          • Frank and beans

            May 26, 2015 at 05:16

            Being a gear of wars fan you would know.

          • Craig Deubler

            May 26, 2015 at 05:34

            You must be very lonely.

            Gears mechanics were great. Story sucked.

          • Frank and beans

            May 26, 2015 at 06:24

            Coming from the guy with an Xbox avatar pic, who seems to be monitoring 4 month old threads ha ha ha. You reply almost instantly.

            Maybe you should go back to posting more comments, that no one agrees with lol.

          • Craig Deubler

            May 26, 2015 at 07:17

            I’m sorry you don’t know how to use disqus. Stick to crayons.

          • Frank and beans

            June 8, 2015 at 17:44

            Coming from the guy who fails at basic grammar ha ha ha.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:14

            you really don’t know many “big games” then do ya. Another thing that may factor in is the idea of a free market, where products that will sell to a certain audience tend to include things that audience likes. young men like hot women in games.

            Besides it never occurred to her that the “damsels” she hates are put into games to play on men’s natural desire to protect women. You rescue the girl, and you feel powerful, and fulfilled as a male who was able to help the female character. Nah, let’s turn it into something pure evil- instead of wanting to PROTECT females, let’s turn it around and call it HATRED for women!

            Sure that makes sense in Women’s Studies class at Smith, but the rest of the country is rolling their eyes.

          • AfricanTime

            February 10, 2016 at 09:29

            Necro?

          • Thidran

            February 20, 2015 at 00:01

            The industry needs more COMPETENT voices. She can’t handle that. She’s good at one thing: selling a message. Wanna know how? She used to work as a multi level marketer. You know, the sort that sells timeshares, and works on infomercials. She’s a good saleswoman, but that doesn’t mean she’s capable of handling proper critique.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:11

            Are you kidding? her video about BUTTS plays out like a spoof on herself. OF COURSE we watch the videos hell i wouldn’t miss em!

            But you’re late to the party now anyway, she’s giving up on her video series due to “stress” and maybe due to companies like Rockstar, Capcom, and American McGee turning a deaf ear to her, and she is literally joining the Twitter police. Again… lol. you can’t make this stuff up.

      • Brady miaau

        January 26, 2015 at 12:20

        I give a crap. I cannot stand sexism, racism and the ilk in any form.

        You need to be sure of your facts and motivations. Terry Pratchett has an amusing joke: the Campaign for Equal heights (for dwarves and shorter people) only has tall, well meaning humans in it. The dwarves do not understand the fuss.

        Now that is an extreme example, but as a piece of satire it makes a pretty compelling point.

        How you present is equally as important as the message. If how you present dilutes the message, then I think you need to revisit what you are doing. And I think, to a degree, the young lady has done so.

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      • ginmar

        November 25, 2015 at 03:06

        Sorry Greg, that you are a “sad panda”, but Trigger warning: life isn’t fair. I’m not mad at Anita. If she truly believes in this cause, it will be at an uphill battle. People already tried to censor the Venus de Milo and many other works of art as objectifying women. Not only did those movements fail, but so did every other feminist movement following in the same vein. In trying to censor video games she battles not only the patrons of these games, the companies who make money from them, and free speech; but also women who WANT to be objectified. Any idea how many women want nothing more than to be a trophy wife for a financially successful man? Since Craig makes up percentages like 99%, we will just say that 67.853% (roughly) do. When you add in women making money from pornography and strip clubs, that number increases to 89.765% (this is taking into account the overlap). Anita found a trendy cause to fight against for money and notoriety. considering that she is not going against other entertainment mediums, such as the porn industry, TV, radio, magazines; I am pretty sure that she is not in fact a feminist Crusader, but attempting to make money. I do not fault her for this either. In using online funding to get money she is directly separating fools from their money. Good for her for not fulfilling the requirements that she stated on her Gofund me Account, then changing her objectives when donators insisted on seeing her follow through. These idiots need their money taken.

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      • Brian Hull

        February 10, 2016 at 08:54

        really? i have a lot of female gamer friends and they could care less about this stuff. the women who DO get offended by sexy women in games would NEVER play those types of games in the first place! (Hitman, Bioshock, GTA, they do not appeal to casual gamers).

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        • The Truth Hurts

          April 19, 2016 at 01:49

          Women who are offended by “sexy women” being portrayed take offense because it makes them feel inadequate, insecure, and threatened by the reminder that there are women more attractive than they are. Otherwise, why aren’t they also offended by grotesquely ugly women portrayed in the same games?

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      • Sara

        April 7, 2016 at 20:14

        Oh stopen. I’mean a female gamer, don’t use me as your shield.

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      • The Truth Hurts

        April 19, 2016 at 01:14

        The White Knight Rises. The fact is that the “anti-women video game culture” is largely a myth perpetuated by oversensitive individuals who hate the fact that gaming tends to be a male-dominated arena. There is no “let’s play video games because we hate women” movement. Furthermore, feminists like Anita ignore the fact that male video game figures are often designed with extremely unrealistic features — extremely muscular & ripped, strikingly handsome, etc. They also ignore the fact that while there are unsavory women depicted in GTAV, the same game is also flooded with unsavory men — men who are gangsters, drug dealers, idiots, abusive individuals, deadbeats, perverts, and more. This is why we can’t take them seriously since “unrealistic depictions” and “unsavory depictions” also target male characters, yet they ignore it.

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    • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

      January 26, 2015 at 11:02

      I’ll just leave this here:

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      • Nemo the Nihilist

        January 27, 2015 at 07:36

        You deserve more up-votes.

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      January 26, 2015 at 12:35

      I’m not a fan of Anita or her videos, but she’s done one important thing; gotten people to start talking about serious issues that do exist within gaming. The more people talk about them, the more likely we are to tackle them.

      Gaming should be a hobby that’s open to everyone, but for many, it isn’t. Better representation is key. That doesn’t mean that games like GTA , Doom and even Hatred should stop existing, rather that there should be a wide array of games and gametypes that people can play.

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      • Jivesh Hanoomaun

        January 26, 2015 at 12:39

        Video gaming is open to everyone and that wide array of gamed won’t come anytime soon because there simply aren’t enough female video gamers.

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        • Matty

          January 26, 2015 at 19:57

          More women play video games than teenage boys now. In America at least anyway. Seriously, look it up. Here in the UK 50% of gamers are now female. And 48% of the video game industry across the world is now made up of women.

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          • Jivesh Hanoomaun

            January 27, 2015 at 11:33

            Yeah…no. Firstly those studies count playing mobile games as gaming and I’m sorry but Candy Crush or Lindsey Lohan’s game shouldn’t be counted towards this. Yes the amount of women that are playing video games is increasing but it’s still not remotely close to 50/50.

          • Matty

            January 27, 2015 at 13:32

            It is pretty high in certain countries. I’m a 34yr old from the UK and many of my female friends own and play console games. My girlfriend owns PS4, 360, Wii and DS. You have the Nintendo DS to thank for the increase in female gamers. Nintendo originally aimed the DS at kids, but soon discovered adult women seemed to be playing it the most. So they started to aim the DS at all demographics. Then they created and aimed the Wii at all demographics but plugged it as a family console. This introduced an even wider demographic to games. Many of these people then moved onto more hardcore consoles like Xbox and Playstation. Since the 80’s the amount of women playing games has increased 10 fold. Back then i remember women having a “quick go” on a table top game like Pac Man or Space Invaders, or handheld Nintendo Game & Watch, Donkey Kong etc. Then the 90’s i remember “some” peoples mum’s became addicted to the original Gameboy because of Tetris and Mario. But now there seems to be female gamers everywhere. Many of the one’s i know love things like Assassins Creed and the more story driven games. Know quite a few hardcore Nintendo fans as well. Go to a games convention and you will now see just as many women there as men. Back in the 90’s it was mostly men.

          • Jivesh Hanoomaun

            January 27, 2015 at 15:16

            No doubts about whether more women are entering the video gaming world. But the stats that everyone touts up aren’t accurate enough. Most women tend to play mobile games and games on the Wii platform. I’m not saying there aren’t women who jam on PC, PS or Xbox but there aren’t as many. The market dictates what it wants and that’s the way it should be. Woman should be TREATED equally. The only thing Ani…she who must not be named has done is gotten millions of people talking about this. She’s fighting for censorship not equality. If woman want they can go start up an indie studio and work their way up just as how woman can go write a book with an empowered female protagonist. There’s nothing wrong with the industry. More of these so called feminist’s need to stop complain and realize that nobody’s is stopping them or anyone from creating games however they want. But seriously…saw the DS stats and hot damn!

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:23

            In college when you say something like “who plays video games 10 hours or more per week” it’s something like 90% male.

          • Jivesh Hanoomaun

            February 17, 2016 at 16:17

            As a college student I can vouch for this

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:22

            And women are not screaming to fall in love with games like GTA “but they can’t because of the treatment of women!!!” the argument raises a phantom spectre that doesn’t actually exist. Women LOVE video games, and by and large they play a greater VARIETY of games than the guys do. Women aren’t as attracted to shooting kill games like Hitman, so saying the presence of strippers in Hitman is offensive to women is odd- the only women hardcore enough to play Hitman could care less.

          • The Truth Hurts

            April 19, 2016 at 01:59

            Actually, more women play games when you take in to account the mobile games like Candy Crush or Farmville. We’re talking about hardcore games on the consoles and PC. Not “mobile games” you download for your phone or the Facebook apps. When it comes to genres on the consoles & PCs like shooters, sports, RPGs, strategy games, and action/adventure — the gamers are about 90% male.

      • Jonah Cash

        January 26, 2015 at 13:01

        But there is a seriously big variety of games for everyone out there!! I have met quite a few female gamers on the internet who enjoy the games I do… I still don’t get this whole thing, maybe I live in a cacoon?!
        I played First Light, The Swapper, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment, Fifa and Destiny this weekend…. oh and Hearthstone on my throne!!
        There is more than enough games for everyone and anyone!! Just play games till you find what you like and stick to it and just dip your toe into new genre’s every now and then even if just to remind you why you didn’t like it in the first place…

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        • Brian Hull

          February 10, 2016 at 09:24

          that’s why she only picks on a few games, then goes on Colbert and can’t remember any titles.

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      • Tom Krager

        January 26, 2015 at 13:37

        the issue being that those games ARE BEING MADE! not only that but they can be made more frequently then they are and we can do it without someone like Anita misrepresenting gamers and gaming . . .

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        • Jivesh Hanoomaun

          January 26, 2015 at 13:57

          What she’s fighting for isn’t equality, she’s fighting for censorship. Nobodies stopping her or any other dev for that matter from going out and creating a game where males are portrayed sexually. The reason why no devs or very few devs do that is because the game won’t sell. She tried her crap in the movies and tv industry and they booted her out because they were smart enough to realize this, the only reason she’s taken to video gaming is because it’s the only way for her to remain relevant.

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          • Tom Krager

            January 26, 2015 at 14:04

            I agree. Nobody else would listen when she tried it with other mediums but for some reason the gaming industry is listening to her. You’re right too, she is trying to get the industry to censor itself though shaming with claims of misogyny. She doesn’t just want more games to be made for woman, she wants less games to be made that people like us enjoy playing . . . less games like GTA or w/e. She is a philistine.

          • Jivesh Hanoomaun

            January 26, 2015 at 14:14

            The reason why people are listening in video gaming is people most people, parents, seem to believe that only kids partake in the glory of gaming. So when she spouts crap about how video games is teaching kids bad shit parents jump though hoops for her. The publishers cut off their balls and bend over. Eventually people will realize that gaming is an art, just like movies, tv and music are…that probably won’t happen anytime soon though.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:25

            fortunately money talks. the game industry has already learned unnecessary censorship is devastating for sales. they listen to her in public, and laugh in private.

      • Craig Deubler

        January 26, 2015 at 14:11

        FF has never campaigned for GTA not to be made, to the contrary it extols the game, but the criticism is that there is no female protagonists or point of view, the game actively alienates women.

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        • Frank and beans

          May 26, 2015 at 05:15

          You just went full retard.

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        • Brian Hull

          February 10, 2016 at 09:26

          if only there were thousands and thousands of other games that women prefer to play anyway. oh wait…

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      • Skyblue

        January 26, 2015 at 15:35

        Gaming has become simple economics, therefore, if there is a proven market for Ms Saarkesian and her supporters, I’m sure we’ll see more games targeting that demographic. As for gaming being a hobby that should be open for everyone, I agree but would argue that it has become far less so in the last 12yrs or so and is quickly becoming a first world hobby due to the costs and bandwidth requirements (Fuck you Valve #halflife2dayone #neverforget).

        PS. Don’t mention Hatred, that game turns anyone off their meds into an automatic psycho in the forums.

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      • Thidran

        February 20, 2015 at 00:02

        Disagree. She has started controversy rather than informed to line her own pockets. If she truly cared about these issues, she would be willing to stand up for her beliefs and debate them in the marketplace of open ideas. As it stands, she’d rather ride the wave for her own selfish gain, even if it means ignoring proper representation in the process.

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      • Brian Hull

        February 10, 2016 at 09:20

        exactly- she goes about it the wrong way by judging games as failures because of their hidden hatred for women. which is bullshit. you’re right we need more VARIETY in mainstream action games for females- but the current problem is that there isn’t a single feminist blogger who actually PLAYS these games lol- the women who are hardcore gamers are NOT the ones who are offended about “sexism” in games. these judgments come from people on the outside who would have no interest in GTA EITHER WAY.

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    • cloudzn

      January 26, 2015 at 13:37

      true , she is a con artist and not even a good one. Problem is because she claiming to be fighting injustice in the gaming industry i.e sexism alot of ppl believe she is trying to do good, however a simple google and youtube search how will show what she is, an attention seeking con artist who contradicts herself all the time but somehow manages to convice the game devs she is doing good

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      January 26, 2015 at 14:06

      Aaaw Gav, I was about to post something similar. Here have an upvote.

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        January 26, 2015 at 15:11

        I think a record number of upvotes?

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 27, 2015 at 09:57

          O_o my one upvote seems like nothing now.

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    • himura

      February 17, 2015 at 14:04

      but she makes shit up doe.
      many many things are or not accurate or just plain false.

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      • ewokingdead

        July 3, 2015 at 01:20

        such as?

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        • himura

          July 3, 2015 at 01:22

          Bayonetta being a single mom for example?

          Reply

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 01:48

            that’s… your big “Anita is a liar” claim… really?

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 02:08

            for starters…the whole video it is full of lies though, so much, that she deleted it from her youtube account, coincidence?

            How about they incorrect definition of the 3rd person effect, the false history of dinosaur planet.
            The skewed review of the Princess peach gameboy game, the false accusations on hitman’s NPC mechanics and the list goes on and on and on….

            how about the “I am a gamer” narrative when she clearly stated in one of her videos that she does not like videogames because of violence.

            That is not only a prove of her masking her past, it also proves that she had no idea about gaming in general as put all videogames in the box of “violence”

            All about game criticism, but please, accurate data

            There is much more posts in disquss account for you to seek and respond to them.
            All about, I am patiently waiting

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 02:36

            except its clear you never played Bayonetta.

            WHat about dinosaur planet? you think she lied about the history of it?

            What was wrong with her review of the Princess Peach game?

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 03:08

            It is clear that Ive never played Bayonetta? how is that clear.

            Funny enough, if you go through my all comments in disquss (which you seem to like a lot)

            you will find that I am a huge fan of fighting games in general. H&S as well, you can see that for my numerous post in SRK in the past, when gulty gear XRD was about to get release.

            What can I say, I love combos.

            Not only that, I own bayonetta 1 and 2 and bought the Wii U just for that game, finished it with all platinum medals in the hardest difficulty to be completely honest.

            Big Fan of Hideki Kamiya’s Work.

            Moving on.

            She avoid to comment that in Dinosaur planet there were to main characters. One female and one male. Also she forgot to mention that in Starfox Adventures, the female character was still playable after finishing the game.

            That is intellectually dishonest, because conveys the idea that the game only have a demale protagonist to start with and that when that was changed the character was not to be seen.

            Princess peach game have a mechanic that your powers were your feelings.

            Funny enough that is not a bad thing, as feminist theory embraces the idea of femininity being tied to strong feelings, and degrades the concept of masculinity being in control of them.

            Out of the box it goes against the very basic fabric of classic feminism.

            2nd she decide to rename the feelings mechanic as “mood swings”( an abrupt and apparently unaccountable change of mood), that was deliberately made in order to create an inflammatory statement.

            Binding Mood swings, which is commonly used to name the sudden changes of mood of pregnant women or women in their periods due to hormonal imbalance, change the narrative of the game from “the power of feelings” to mocking them.

            Very, very intellectually dishonest

            anything else?

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 04:45

            because you think she lied about Bayonetta bieng a single mom. She is a single mom hence the major events of Chapter 2 of Bayonetta 1.

            yeah… you missed the point of Dinosaur Planet. Nothing she was was wrong, the game was taken away from her and adding her as a playable character AFTER you beat the game is kind of the point.

            once again you miss the point of Princess Peach. Its wrong because its playing to a stereo type of women.

            Do you even know what Intellectually dishonest means?

            because you keep using those words incorrectly

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 04:59

            Pardon me? she is a single mom? A single mom of the representation of herself in the past? hmmm….er…nope.
            This again proves that Sarkeesian makes critics about videogames that she does not even play. That is being a bad critic.
            It is like making a movie review based on the teaser alone.

            Still, as mentioned before, she deleted the video from youtube after the backlash, many videos were done proving that most points she made were based on not playing the game.

            weird…

            about the dinosaur planet:

            Yes it was wrong. By not mentioning information that doesn’t support her narrative she is being “intellectually dishonest”

            “Intellectual dishonesty is a failure to apply standards of rational evaluation that one is aware of, usually in a self-serving fashion”

            you are not tired of failing? I mean seriously… I am starting to feel bad for you.

            Princess peach:
            No points missing here.
            That it is not an stereotype. Swing moods are not a bad thing, are a physical response to a hormonal change.
            All women have it in different degrees.

            Funny enough she makes it look like a “bad thing”, isnt that already goes against the very principles of feminism?

            Now again. Stop beating around the bush, and bring me facts. You are sucking all the fun out of this conversation

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 05:21

            yes she is a single mom. She becomes a mother to well herself in Bayonetta. You act like that is the strangest thing that happens in that series.

            No its not intellectually dishonest.
            unless you are also calling Jontron intellectually dishonest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LPQ6nT4UpA

            Show me the quote of her saying she deleted the video because of the backlash then.

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 05:34

            Holy crap!

            this is a serious case of left reading from your part.
            She does not become a MOM, Sarkeesian says :she is a single Mom, which is not.
            by saying that she is implying SHE IS A MOM, not she becomes a mother figure, or a nurturing person or [insert your definition here]

            No one acts strange, it is just not the case. She does not want to take care of her in the first place, she sees her as burden in the first chapter, not very mom like I must say.

            Yes she is intellectually dishonest.

            Now to the video.
            This is a false equivalence. The analysis of this video is not tied to an ideology.
            It is just a review on the game with some story behind its development, He is not claiming it to be sexist, mysoginist of based on patriarchal privilege.

            Moving on.

            There is no quote from her saying that she deleted the video after the public backlash.
            As she never makes asserts criticism, which it is kind of weird, don’t you think?
            Most educators, intellectuals etc, do debates, talk with the opposite side of their believes etc etc etc

            But, please, illustrate me, why would she delete the video, I am very curious.

            please man. Do a better effort. I am getting bored

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 05:43

            you don’t have to give birth to become a mother.

            She is the parental guaridan of the child.. aka mother.

            Yes at first she doesn’t like the child but then shocker the child grows on her and she protects her as her child. Hence single mom.

            Do you not understand basic character growth?

            Oh no quote? so its just your own opinion with out any evidence to back it up?

            Huh funny. I have no idea why she removed the video from public viewing. I would not assume i did know or come up with some bullshit reason like you did.

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 06:00

            Ok you are reaching here, a lot.

            I am kind of tired of repeating the same things but here we go.

            She did not said, parental guardian or maternal figure.
            She said:
            The only good thing about bayonetta is that she is a single mom.

            For someone that has not played the game that means:
            She is a single mom. Not very difficult to understand I believe.

            I actually do understand character growth, but did she implied or even mention that for the viewer to understand her statement. Nope, as usual.

            Nope, no quote, the same reason that there is no quote where she asserts the reason of deleting other videos after having over 50 video responses.
            The same way that she didn’t mention the reason on why she used the content of other creators to make her videos.
            The same way that she didn’t mention why she erased from her website her “master Thesis” after several videos doing a critic about it.
            The same way she didn’t provide proof of her NP after being called out about using fan art made by one artist.

            and the list goes on and one.

            I don’t know, what common sense tells you? might be coincidence? may be she just woke up one day and say, I am going to delete this videos and stuff just because I feel like it.

            Oh buddy… Let see, when we left off…

            Oh yeah, that you only respond to whatever you think you can fight a little bit, you are focusing into discussing movements not concepts, and that I have yet to see and educated response on the real subject of this conversation.

            Objectification, sexism and social hierarchies in media.

            and this time respond to this. Because if not, you have proved nothing yet.

            your move…I have the jiggles brrrrrr

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 06:11

            here we go prove that she even deleated the video

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 06:16

            https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=feminist+frequency++bayonetta

            search in youtube does show that the video is not listed under her account
            one user reuploaded it as a prove.

            further prove? go to her channel and look for it

            the other topics? you know the serious ones…

            the one I have been asking for a dozen of posts already?

            thanks

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 06:18

            facepalm… you can unlist videos you know. Unlisting a video doesn’t delete it

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 06:34

            oh man….

            as I said, go to her channel, and look for the video, It is not there…

            The video, it is not there…

            are you doing this to waste my time? I think you are.

            And after asking for the last time for you to stick to the real discussion, the other one that you have left because you have no arguments.

            If you don’t make any educated comment about real origin of this story….
            You, MR. “I probably have something to hide that is why I have my feed private” and funny enough follows the same pattern of Ms Sarkessian by not allowing comments in her video as a prove of fear for legitimate criticism.

            And after not commenting any of the points that I gladly provide to you about objectification, sexism etc

            I will give you the Badge of honor for being the most sneaky uneducated and “goal post mover” i have found in the internet.

            I guess it is difficult when you get owned to admit it.

            But believe me, you will grow up at some point. It is a matter of time. Just eat your veggies

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 06:40

            Also I have one more question for you…

            You said that bayonetta it is not sexist…if you disagree with her…why are defending her video?

            Just curious

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 06:58

            who said i was defending her videos? You said she lied all i asked for was proof

            Also why can’t i disagree with her on some points? Are you actually suggesting that a person must agree with every single other thing another person says?

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 07:35

            do you have some kind of comprehension disorder? with all the respect, I am starting to wonder if it is the case.

            you were defending an obvious attempt by her to mislead the viewers to believe that the game is as said by her “a pornographic patriarchal fantasy” by saying that the only good thing in the game is that she was a single mom, which she was not.

            I would say that that is defending the video.

            Anyway, in the end, you proved nothing, it is sad man, but also it is very disrespectful to waste someone’s time when knowing that you dont have the tools to debate this topic in particular

            My advice.
            Read, no only what supports your narrative, read more in general, educate yourself, think critically and be inquisitive.

            Have a beautiful day

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 07:50

            no i just have a low tolerance for people that lie and make up bullshit like yourself.

            It’s funny i was just on kotaku and someone brought up Anita and guess what video they posted wtih the same exact talking points as you?

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 07:54

            You have yet to prove that anything I said is full of shit.

            Funny enough you proved several times that you have no idea of what you are talking about and avoid commenting on the socio political aspects of objectification and sexism.

            If they showed the same video, that does not make you think that it is a good point?
            no of course not.

            you know, and I know, that you know that you know nothing.

            thanx for playing, it was fun, for a little bit 😛

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 08:02

            well i just did with bayonetta. She is a single mother and then you tried to say she deleted it because she was wrong. Yet you provided no proof of that.

            No it means you guys both are using the same talking point. You don’t have an original idea you just take what some other youtuber said and thought ot your self
            “hey that guys right anita is totatly wrong as long as i disgregard context, i’ll just spew out this idea and claim its my own”

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 08:18

            Holy crap!!

            And after talking for 4 hours, asking serious bussiness, you know the social-phylosophycal concept of objectification and sexism, that I asked at least 20 times to go back to that topic and you have been beating around the bush the whole time so much that you even abandoned that conversation.

            Ad hominem here, false dychotomy there etc etc

            you have the balls to claim that we are wrong?
            HOLY FREAKIN SHIT! this is hilarious, and you also assume that i wasnt able to get to that idea by myself and I follow some random youtuber?

            because…reasons….
            objectification because…reasons
            sexism because reasons

            and so on.

            If anyone with a little bit of brain, comes to this conversation and reads the whole thing would be amuse but the cognitive dissonance and dishonesty that you are displaying in here.

            one last word on the Sexism thing or you are just done?

            yep, you tried to discredit a 3rd person (me) the whole time by calling me GG, that I am blah blah blah

            but yet to see a minimal knowledge on sociology from your side.

            CLAP CLAP CLAP

            remeber, stupid people discuss other people, smart people discuss concepts.
            If you want to go back to the original topic, you have a last chance.
            If not, you can keep the cloth that it is covering your eyes and move forward with your life.

            Careful, you might step with a rock and fall.

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 09:02

            “you have the balls to claim that we are wrong?”

            intresting you say we.. as if you are finally admitting you are a GG.

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 09:09

            Oh my god!!
            so now me, and the guy that commented are both GG?

            keep adding to the list huh?

            I see that the a=b logic keeps being the base of your narrative.

            GG is 2 people congrats

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 09:32

            hey you are the one who admitted it. Dont get mad at me

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 10:48

            the one that admitted what again? how cute

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 10:55

            Just a reminder, this was the original post, the one that you didnt answer yet and has move the goal post to trying to discredit me by adding me to the GG movement.

            Ad hominem at its finest.

            Common misconception among NON GG is that whoever disagrees with “objectification in videogames” is part of the movement.

            another common mistake of NON GGs, is the definition of objectification.

            Objectification it is a social-philosophical concept.

            And
            by social-philosophical, I mean, that it is not necessarily a thing.
            But this pseudo critics spread the concept taking it beyond its original
            meaning.

            Slavery it is objectification, war objectifies people,
            but videogames not for the very reason that the characters, are objects
            in the first place.
            If the character it is based on real person (like
            a movie based game) then it is physical objectification which has
            nothing to do with the feminist skewed definition of the term.

            have fun 🙂

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 08:23

            wait, i didnt understand that part!!!

            hahahhahahaha

            you still say that SHE IS A SINGLE MOM!!!

            HOLY CRAP!!!!!

            you are so cute.

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 09:01

            because she very much is. Is she seeing someone? nope she raised Cersza as if she was her own… until she sent her back to her time.

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 09:12

            attention everyone, you can be yourself’s mom if you can travel back in time

            sounds accurate. And the best part is that it is not necessary to be her biological mother, and you can be for only a few hours

            makes sense

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 09:29

            yes why not? Lister is his own dad

          • ewokingdead

            July 3, 2015 at 09:30

            yes you can why not? Lister is his own Dad, Fry is his own grandpa. Who ever said you needed to be bioloagically related to be a mom or dad?

            Are people who adopt not mothers and fathers?

          • himura

            July 3, 2015 at 10:51

            Lets copy paste one of your last comments, for yours and my enjoyment on the lack of knowledge on bayonetta

            “nope she raised Cersza as if she was her own”
            she raised Cereza as her own, ok, so cereza was raised in a few days? wow, that is some topnotch metabolism she has. from kid to teenager in a few days.

            Oh yeah, fry lives in Bayonettas world, so same rules apply

            your move

          • Jessica Lindsay

            September 23, 2016 at 21:41

            Himura’s ORIGINAL point, which is that Anita is a liar, actually still stands. There are multiple videos on the internet discussing the fact that her criticism of Hitman is a blatant lie. Everyone who has played the game has said that not only is the murder of several strippers not “encouraged”, which is what she would have people believe; it is actually penalised. In Hitman, you are penalised for killing anyone other than your target. Not to mention it’s not actually compulsory to go PAST the strippers at all.

            Then there’s the fact that there is video evidence of her saying that she has played video games since she was five. She even calls herself a gamer. Funny, considering there’s ANOTHER video where she says she doesn’t PLAY them and doesn ‘t like them. All of this can easily be found for those not too lazy; not only are the original videos still on Youtube if I remember correctly, but hundreds of Youtubers have helpfully compiled them.

            You’ve done a lot of mindless arguing about something that doesn’t actually matter, and the person you’re arguing with is RIGHT. They said Anita is a liar, and she IS even if their specific examples don’t all hold true (Also Himura actually MENTIONED Hitman, and you chose to ignore it). There is VIDEO EVIDENCE of these lies. Therefore the point that you are arguing against is CORRECT, making you wrong.

            Also raising someone for a few days does not make you a mother. If you are a mother, you have raised that person for a SUBSTANTIAL period of time. Years. A few days does not count. By that logic, all relatives who watch a child briefly can be considered the mother. Bayonetta BABYSITS herself. She does not RAISE herself. You cannot “raise” a child in a few days, it is physically impossible.
            Also they NEVER admitted to being GG. You put those words in their mouth and acted like it was a confession. That’s one of the oldest manipulation tactics in the book and no one is stupid enough to fall for it. YOU suggested the idea of GG to them based on a highly subjective pronoun that could mean anything. You are manipulating the situation to make them look bad.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:38

            she lied about Bioshock too lol; she somehow has the balls to say men are treated better than women, complains about female characters, and all the while somehow blissfully unaware of the whole “torture carnival” part where ALL the victims are men. why? because SHE NEVER PLAYED THE F-ING GAME!

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:36

            what do you get out of defending such an intellectually dishonest hack who has now GIVEN UP on game critiques to join Twitter’s new “freedom from speech” police force LOL? Seriously bro- her true colors are blindingly bright at this point.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:33

            fail troll rofl. Bayonetta is not a single mom.

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:31

            other feminist gamers have lauded Bayonetta as a very powerful liberated, and agency-forward female character. Anita just writes her off purely based on her OUTFIT. literally nothing else. She never even played the damn game. Just like she never played Bioshock, or probably anything she’s ever reviewed

          • Brian Hull

            February 10, 2016 at 09:28

            some women choose careers that damage other women? segregation is a good thing for minorities in classrooms? “everything” is sexist, racist and homophobic? male characters are treated fairly, unlike female characters in Bioshock? “gamer” is a sexist word that doesn’t apply to women?

            Need more of her greatest hits? you think anyone needs to INVENT a quote from Sarkeesian? She is STILL DIGGING THE HOLE lol…

    • ewokingdead

      July 3, 2015 at 09:31

      well thats your fault for talking about her and getting angry about it. You created her by giving her attention

      Reply

      • Brian Hull

        February 10, 2016 at 09:42

        all i can say is thank the SEVEN we made it to 2016, because now the people tearing her arguments apart outnumber her supporters about 100,000 to 1. Her last video about BUTTS was a desperate joke that really hurt her brand- it played like she was trolling herself.

        You get the impression that she’s so incredibly stupid that she has no idea what’s going on in the game and for some odd reason fixates on the character’s ass. She’s clearly one of the least happy 3rd wave looney toons there is, so maybe she’ll be happier chasing “Islamaphobes” on Twitter now that she’s part of their new police force. hope she doesn’t have stock though, that Twitter stock is in free fall XD

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        • ewokingdead

          March 5, 2016 at 18:24

    • Brandon Smith

      October 27, 2015 at 02:31

      Her goal is to basically change every female character in any video game ever in to a nun. God listening to her talk, she doesn’t know much about games at all. Is there objectification of women in games? But you could fill an ocean with the amount of strong, independent female characters in games.

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    • Bad Regalia

      May 16, 2016 at 04:37

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLXqJb_Efrk Just in case anyone needed any more proof that Anita is in this for herself and not for the right’s of women everywhere. That’s she’s been scamming the feminist society and those gullible enough to follow it. I find myself absolutely disgusted with the stands she takes on the points she makes. She literally states before taking up this career that she’s not a gamer. Further more instead of collecting data herself she rips misrepresented and out of context moments from Let’s Play videos. If someone wants to criticize and tell a generation what is or is not sexist I feel that such a reporting individual should be without bias. Anita Sarkeesian is quoted saying, “Everything is sexist, everything is racist, everything is homophobic and you have to point it all out.” Does that sound the least beat without bias and coming from an objective mind. Just as a note Gavin, I’m agreeing with you, I’m new to Discus and pretty new to the concepts of it’s use.

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  3. ToshZA

    January 26, 2015 at 09:38

    How convenient. I needed a sandwich. 😛

    Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 26, 2015 at 09:48

      How sexist of you! Make it two sammiches 😉

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        January 26, 2015 at 09:50

        And a beer. Cold, opened. Thanks. Oh and while you’re up, pass the remote.

        Reply

        • Quo Vadis?

          January 26, 2015 at 09:51

          Long hard day, how about a foot rub as well? LOL

          Reply

    • Jonah Cash

      January 26, 2015 at 13:03

      But what is she doing??? Hahahaha, I can’t stop watching!!

      Reply

    • Jessica Lindsay

      September 23, 2016 at 21:54

      Making sexist jokes does NOT help our cause. It makes ALL of us look bad. Do you realise you’re making everyone fighting for YOUR rights look stupid?

      Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    January 26, 2015 at 09:38

    How I imagine her uphill struggle. (Wishing her the best of luck)
    http://img-9gag-ftw.9cache.com/photo/a9MVXwm_460sa.gif

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  5. Ghost In The Rift

    January 26, 2015 at 09:41

    Reminds me of something my brother in law said: “Man,Sy kort net n goeie spyker” 😛

    Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 26, 2015 at 09:51

      Wil jy die een wees wat dit doen???????

      Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 26, 2015 at 09:58

        LOL, i dont think i’m “feminist” enough for her..:-P

        Reply

        • Quo Vadis?

          January 26, 2015 at 10:17

          I wont consider it. Not even with another man’s junk.

          Reply

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 26, 2015 at 11:30

            LOL thats low….like beneath the knees low:P

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 26, 2015 at 11:35

            I was aiming for ankle height 😉

  6. Mandom (Umar)

    January 26, 2015 at 09:42

  7. Mandom (Umar)

    January 26, 2015 at 09:45

    Hey I could care less about her, don’t really like her to be perfectly honest, but she has us and so many people in the industry speaking about equal representation…Is that really such a bad thing? …. Oh wait I’m sorry…Anita is stealing YOUR GERHMS! SHE’S coming for your hobby.

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 26, 2015 at 09:46

      Hobby? GERHMS IS LYF!!!!!!

      Reply

      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 26, 2015 at 09:48

        SHE’S GONNA STEAL YOUR LYF!

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          January 26, 2015 at 09:48

          BUT I JUS GOT ONE!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

          Reply

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 26, 2015 at 09:52

            Tough luck, she stole the last 1up and your last 50c…

    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      January 26, 2015 at 10:41

      The thing is she’s got people talking about it all in the wrong way. She’s got the whole industry polarised in a “Them vs Us” mentality instead of trying to get the industry equal, it is causing more rifts than anything else. IMO that is

      Reply

      • Gideon Venter

        January 26, 2015 at 11:26

        Very keen point this…

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        • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

          January 26, 2015 at 14:31

          wait…. You agree with me? Well, that’s a novel feeling 😛

          Reply

          • Gideon Venter

            January 27, 2015 at 11:35

            On some parts of some of what you say, sure ;P

      • CAE9872

        January 27, 2015 at 07:36

        Yes THIS “Them vs US” when that shouldn’t be the angle of her work surely. Not if inclusivity is her mandate?

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    • Brian Hull

      February 10, 2016 at 09:45

      Actually we’ve got a ton of female protags in giant mainstream games now. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, CoD, Skyrim, many games will let you make a female avatar and be as sexy or as boring as you want. the whole debate is starting fires to sell water.

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  8. Quo Vadis?

    January 26, 2015 at 09:47

    The positive – Looks like she’s accountable.
    The negative – Without backer’s financing her little irate rants, how is she expecting this to be sustainable in the long run? You made your point, now go ruin another industry. I suggest tougher ventures, like the NFL or the Navy SEALS (Lets see how that pans out).

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  9. RinceThis

    January 26, 2015 at 09:49

    Here we go again…

    Reply

  10. oVg elfroot slayer

    January 26, 2015 at 09:52

    What Trevor says 😛

    Reply

    • RinceThis

      January 26, 2015 at 09:57

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

      Reply

    • HairyEwok

      January 26, 2015 at 09:57

      Joh Joh Joh, the power of a mans voice ey, especially Trevors XD

      Reply

      • oVg elfroot slayer

        January 26, 2015 at 09:59

        Tell me about it, whoever did the casting for GTAV was on the ball.

        Reply

        • HairyEwok

          January 26, 2015 at 10:33

          He’s mother must be so proud XD

          Reply

        • HairyEwok

          January 26, 2015 at 10:33

          He’s mother must be so proud XD

          Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 26, 2015 at 10:00

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

      Reply

  11. Rags

    January 26, 2015 at 10:14

    More shit from you. Just stop.

    Reply

  12. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 26, 2015 at 10:21

    “Not everyone likes Anita Sarkeesian, and it’s because she likes to point out fundamental flaws in some of our most beloved experiences.”

    Yes, she points out flaws but by saying things like “Guys have it easy in gaming” making it sound like the players are at fault for not understanding her views. She has some valid points yes, but she needs to learn how to convey it in a more constructive manner instead of saying that men are bad in the industry because that’s what it always boils down to and it angers me as a gamer.

    I’m a guy in gaming. I enjoy good looking female characters. I love it even more when they play vital roles in the game. But no, it doesn’t mean that I have it “easy” in gaming.

    Speaking of, when was gaming ever meant to be hard to get in to? Perhaps the big companies should be berated for forcing always online connections that force people of different cultures, backgrounds etc to play together where harassment can easily become a massive problem.

    The fact here is:
    Woman are now starting to become more prevalent in gaming, not because of woman like Anita. Woman have started making names for themselves long before Anita started her videos. I remember woman Counter Strike teams starting up when I was still in school and how good some of them were. There are woman like Jade Raymond who headed up Ubisoft Toronto. Did she suddenly become MD because of Anita? No.

    Anita makes out that woman don’t get a break at all in the industry and it simply isn’t true.

    I’m not saying there isn’t still a bias. There is.
    But men are by nature exceptionally competitive. That competitiveness and smugness is genderles in target. Anyone who is seen as a threat will be treated as such.

    Also additional to that, yes the industry is filled with more men than woman. But that’s mostly because gaming, as an industry was mainly a male thing because it wasn’t seen as the woman thing to do when it started. Not just men viewed it this way. Woman did too.

    Hell in school, me admitting to being a gamer instantly reduced my chances of having a girl like me by 99% as most woman viewed it as a “weird thing to enjoy” and labled me a geek because of it. Girls didn’t want to date geeks. Woman themselves put this generalisation in place that gaming is for men because of the way they treated men. When gaming started the demographic was kids. Those kids have now grown up along with the same mentality about it as in the past. Yes, it’s becoming far more inclusive in this day and age and people don’t view gaming as such a “MAN THING” anymore.

    But to completely blame men like Anita does is short sighted and completely wrong. Rather work on making gaming sound like a positive thing for woman to get in to and get rid of the perception that gaming is only for men. But don’t do it by trying to alienate men and make it a fun club to be part of.(The club of hating on men that is)

    This “Hey, let’s get in to gaming because we can then throw insults at men and make them feel inferior and guilty about having excluded us for so long” mentality is a dangerous one and needs to stop.

    Woman have excluded men from their lives for years because they enjoyed gaming. Perhaps we should start a Manism (Opposite of feminism?) and do a Tropes Vs Men in gaming thing so we can say how hard it was for us growing up being a gamer and how we are scarred because of the attitude of woman against us in our younger years.

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    • ToshZA

      January 26, 2015 at 10:21

      tl;dr O_O

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 26, 2015 at 10:30

        I’m with you.

        Reply

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 26, 2015 at 10:51

        Anything longer than 7 paragraphs too much for you huh?

        Reply

        • Quo Vadis?

          January 26, 2015 at 10:54

          Too soon, bud. It still feels unreal. That’s why we can still pull the Mickey out of you, until further notice from Lagz staff 😉 hahahahahaha

          Reply

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 26, 2015 at 10:57

            Just like the Blitz, my curse has been passed to @ToshZA:disqus

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 26, 2015 at 10:58

            It just doesn’t feel the same :'(

          • ToshZA

            January 26, 2015 at 10:59

            Because as I said before, Llew merely adopted 7. I was born in it, moulded by it 😀

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 26, 2015 at 11:01

            Jou gat! 7 was created by me! Or at least my misfortune

          • ToshZA

            January 26, 2015 at 11:07

            My birthday is the 7th of the month. I was literally born in it. 🙂

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 26, 2015 at 11:07

            wow… Ok…. GG

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 26, 2015 at 11:01

            In the Talmud and the Bible, 7 is the number of perfection 😉

        • ToshZA

          January 26, 2015 at 10:56

          Haven’t you heard? 7 is my favourite number 😀

          Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 26, 2015 at 10:31

      Uh, submissions of your PhD dissertation on ”Feminism and gaming” is next door. LOL!

      Reply

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 26, 2015 at 10:31

        Darnit! I thought this classroom looked a bit suspect

        Reply

    • HairyEwok

      January 26, 2015 at 10:34

      Too early to read it all uggghhh

      Reply

    • Brian Hull

      February 10, 2016 at 09:49

      The number of female devs has doubled since 2009. And look at Portal 2, one of the best i’ve ever played and developed by a woman; and there’s ZERO sexy content whatsoever, the lead is a female, and nobody cared the game is amazing.

      The industry is doing just fine without Anita. A few companies paid her lip service, she did the talk shows, she won some awards, but behind closed doors she’s a joke. Her idea of a “strong female character” came off like a ridiculous spoof that was actually highly offensive to women, as did her “butts” video. It’s no wonder she’s finally quitting, and will now help bring down Twitter as part of their new speech police force.

      Reply

  13. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 26, 2015 at 10:50

    Let’s also be honest here. How is anything in gaming (And I am talking majority of games here, not a few exceptions) any worse than shows like, Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful, Desperate Housewives, etc.

    These shows often show woman as loose, easy to bed, manipulate etc. Why is Anita not attacking these?

    The fact is this world is full of polarised games, TV shows, movies, etc. You cannot and will not ever get everyone on the same page, no matter how hard you try. It’s beyond you as a person or even as a group.

    Yes, you can try make a difference, but then don’t do so by making more hate. Don’t do it by making it seem like there is a war to be fought. There is no war. Just difference in opinion. The faster you can embrace that truth the faster you may actually get to a point where both sides could potentially respect your viewpoints enough to start making positive changes

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  14. Goal9

    January 26, 2015 at 10:57

    She’s literally shooting fish in a barrel.
    -She genuinely doesn’t like games.
    -She bemoans and criticizes, but doesn’t add anything constructive.
    -She’s been suspected of creating “dangerous situations” for herself to get more sympathy.
    -Cant come up with a valid argument without pulling the “feminist card”.
    -Been implicated with a deleted YouTube channel where she helped a guy scam people.
    -Doesn’t understand than feminism means equality across genders.
    -She’ll shoehorn any incident online as a misogynistic event.
    -Help turn the GamerGate movement from being about videogame journalism transparency into the toxic movement it became.

    I honestly dont think there’s anything beneficial she does for the industry except create more sexism.

    Reply

    • Goal9

      January 26, 2015 at 11:02

      What’s equally bad is that she puts woman on a pedestal. Like they aren’t allowed to be bad, victims, sexy, etc. We’re suddenly aren’t allowed to treat woman equally in games, but it’s okay to drag men through the dirt?
      Being treated equal means you get both the bad and the good.

      Reply

  15. Jivesh Hanoomaun

    January 26, 2015 at 11:29

    At least Japanese devs aren’t changing, Quiet FTW!

    Reply

  16. Tom Krager

    January 26, 2015 at 13:35

    No no no . . . pretty much everything in this piece is fan service to Anita . . . what a soft ball article. Completely misrepresents why ppl hate her, completely missed the point of gamergate and tries to make in out to be a hate campaign. Really disgusting work here . . .
    ppl don’t hate Anita because she points out fundamental flaws . . . we hate her because she points out harmless tropes and blames them for societies ills. She is a philistine when it comes to videogames . . . she herself is a sexist who hates men and blames “masculinity” for almost all the worlds woes . . . she is dishonest and at her very core money motivated.
    this is part of a campaign to change words meanings . . . harassment is now when anyone criticizes you and misogyny is when woman are portrayed in a way feminists dislike. The dictionary definitions apparently don’t matter . . .

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  17. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 26, 2015 at 14:32

    I also want a pie diagram for how she’s going to be spending Intel’s money.

    Reply

  18. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 26, 2015 at 14:52

    Serious question time – what’s up with extremist third-wave feminism and flannel shirts these days?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      January 27, 2015 at 09:54

      Bwahahaha

      Reply

  19. himura

    February 17, 2015 at 14:06

    “It’s very easy to nitpick a lot of what Anita Sarkeesian fights for”

    i would not say nitpick, i would say more like prove that are just plain lies and she manipulates info to fit her agenda.

    I would love to see a proper debate between her and some videogame intellectual with the real facts in his/her hands and see how much can she milk the industry after that.

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  20. Frank and beans

    April 12, 2015 at 03:14

    So she need over 150k on staff for a YT film series ROFL. Funny how people on YT make better vids, with better content having with no money, then this hack. She even needed to contract people in ha ha ha.

    She scammed everyone who fell for her nonsense. Gotta fell sorry for the morons who gave her cash.

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  21. Andy

    April 16, 2015 at 13:58

    Ugly woman, very mean-looking and arrogant face. Also a dumb person, but that’s something else entirely. I like her choice of earrings though, feminine, submissive women wear that very often.

    Reply

  22. HelzaPoppin

    April 18, 2015 at 21:13

    Sarkeesian is an opportunistic huckster. Period.

    Reply

  23. BDK

    April 18, 2015 at 22:28

    I’m so sick of these feminists. Just crawl in a hole and die already.

    Reply

    • Brian Hull

      February 10, 2016 at 09:55

      hey nothing wrong with sticking up for women’s rights… but they have WON the war lol; some of them still want outrage because they’re not sure how to live without the victim card. more women go to college, more women graduate, women earn more money to age 40 now. Companies are desperate to hire women, giving them a competitive edge. Men have become the underdogs and 3rd wave feminists are just not comfortable giving up their victimhood.

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  24. frankelee

    May 16, 2015 at 15:39

    Online social movements, like current day “feminism”, are inherently stupid, and stupid people will always be preyed on by those who need their cash. Clickbait feminist websites are no different. They are businesses who pocket the cash of the dumb.

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  25. bingbingwa

    October 5, 2015 at 02:17

    I’m eager to see what she nit-picks next. The order of keys on a keyboard? The misogyny of monitors??

    Reply

  26. Ethan Trice

    October 6, 2015 at 19:37

    If you don’t like art being made, make your own or encourage others to make their own, don’t just shit on everything others are devoting their lives to making. It is far easier to destroy than to build and Sarkeesian has taken that mantra and devoted her career on destruction of free speech and expression.

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  27. Mark Barkowski

    October 17, 2015 at 15:40

    I don’t like her because of the videos I’ve watched, she does nothing but cherry pick examples in the industry that support her arguments and ignores anything that refutes them. All the while speaking in a condescending, passive agressive tone.

    She’s not there to have a calm discussion or present an air tight argument, but to ooze her smarm and passive aggression in an attempt to bait you (the male viewer) to becoming so f**king angry that you call her a b*tch or c*nt. Then she can point and say “See! That’s why we need feminism. See! I was right all along.”

    It is the cheapest tactic of the lowest forum troll.

    Feminist frequency is to game journalism as Fox News is to actual journalism. She is the female Sean Hannity.

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  28. Cu Chulainn

    November 18, 2015 at 01:26

    Anita is not helpful. She is trying to make men hate themselves. Christina Hoff Sommers is legit.

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    • Brian Hull

      February 10, 2016 at 09:57

      And Shoe0nHead, Karen Straughan, and Lauren Southern <3

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  29. Brian Hull

    February 10, 2016 at 08:48

    so why didn’t the quality of the videos go up? i don’t think you need “more staff” to use found footage from youtube and critique games you’ve never played. not to mention she came nowhere NEAR the schedule she promised, only releasing 3 videos in the first 2 years.

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  30. Carlos Antonio Buerba Huerta

    February 23, 2016 at 08:01

    Fuck off Anita Sarkeesian is a liar. which kind of gamer likes anita sarkeesian? no one likes her and her byass opinion

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  31. Cloud Strife

    February 24, 2016 at 19:56

    She’s a fraud.

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  32. Sevuz

    March 9, 2016 at 12:57

    let’s see rasied 160.000$ only 3 of the 12 videos she promised on Youtube and whining about twitter at U.N…. oh yea, very important work

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  33. Sevuz

    March 9, 2016 at 12:58

    She need them MONEY!

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  34. Mike

    March 10, 2016 at 00:46

    Making games suck a little more one video at a time.

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  35. Arimak

    March 13, 2016 at 04:37

    She promised to make 12 videos. She only made three in four years. What a waste of donations.

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  36. Jill Sandwich

    March 15, 2016 at 07:42

    More like 0% went into games & systems. Victor’s Opinion Blogspot has damning evidence that she stole all her footage from other youtubers, rather than purchase & play the games herself. She’s also used stolen fanart.

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  37. Gabe Hcuod

    April 6, 2016 at 10:27

    She’s a con artist, how stupid can mankind be?

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  38. Sara

    April 7, 2016 at 20:09

    Wow, what a slanted article. They practically depicted her to be Jesus.

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  39. Bad Regalia

    May 13, 2016 at 13:16

    Whether or not the industry is garnering the attention of a wider female audience or not, gaming is purely for entertainment and it’s creator’s will always do their best to apply to their demographic. If it comes as a seriously realization that more and more females are into gaming the industry will change to meet those needs, but the problem with Anita Sarkeesian is that it’s well known she takes clips out of games completely out of context. My favorite example is the Hitman game. I won’t argue that any female willing to play it would be inherently desensitized to the violence against women. What I will point out is that the clip she shows in which ‘she'(Anita as the player) murders the strippers and then drags their bodies around as a proclaimed means of eroticism is not playing the game in the fashion by which the HItman series encourages in the least. It’s a stealth game, you lose points for killing those women, and what’s more if you were trying to remain stealthy you lose points further beyond that for not having refrained from killing. It gets even better in that if you play the game there are two paths to take, one that allows you follow behind a guard and puts you past the girls, or the one that takes you nearest them but still remains a bypass as long as you don’t raise an alarm. And should you decide to hang around just out of sight after bypassing them you can hear these women consoling one another over the abuses their suffering at the hands of the very target you’ve been sent to subdue. It humanizes these poor women flung into a terrible situation spiraling beyond their control. But being the misogynist pig that I am, I guess I’ve been blinded to the obvious sexism of the environment that humanizing a victim creates. Either way I just don’t see how something taken so heavily out of context(and this isn’t the only time, it’s just the most blatant to me from personal experience of playing the game) can be such a widely accepted view from someone who is known to have stolen her clips from fellow youtubers, or who apparently hasn’t bothered in playing the games themselves. In closing I would say that I’m fine with sexism, but it needs to be for the right reasons. An attack on the gaming industry is a cry against the west where women’s rights have never been so good. Maybe try effecting change where it would do some good in these third world countries where the actual oppressive nature of ‘rape culture’ does actuallly exist. Anyways, I’ve said my spiel, peace out everyone.

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  40. NC Seventeen (NC-17)

    June 18, 2016 at 12:40

    I just want to give her the D. She seems due for a good romp in the sheets.

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  41. Pixelmancer

    June 27, 2017 at 08:06

    She clearly didn’t spend the money that way. What contractors? It definitely wasn’t artists since she stole art from REAL female gamers on Deviant Art. It definitely wasn’t games and systems since she had to steal game footage from Youtube letsplayers. Etcetera.

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  42. Jansku Jappanen

    July 10, 2017 at 05:40

    What a load of horseshit. Everything you wrote here is about what she said, not what she showed to be a fact.

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  43. recursion

    November 12, 2017 at 01:15

    “Not everyone likes Anita Sarkeesian, and it’s because she likes to point out fundamental flaws in some of our most beloved experiences. No one likes being told that they’re wrong about something”

    Or maybe some of us just genuinely disagree with a lot of her arguments. I mean, that’s okay too. We don’t all *have* to agree with each other and when it comes to subjective matters like cultural issues, it’s basically impossible to be objectively right or wrong about them.

    It’s *okay* to have a different opinion.

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    • UnrealClock

      November 14, 2017 at 16:36

      What’s okay? You guys act like people haven’t made mistakes. Here’s an idea don’t put someone under the fucking microscope. She’s just a person who wants a conversation to be had about the fact that narratively pretty much 99 percent of games are kind of misogynistic. It must be pretty hard on you having someone say things seeing as how the internet can’t just move on from the fact that THEY’RE the ones who are fucked up in the long run. Anita ain’t sending out no death threats.

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      • Tanit

        November 27, 2017 at 01:23

        99% of games? Dream on. That women makes these things up, if you search long enough you eventually find something. Preach and repeat and people will believe, no matter what you say. I find her to be the harasser, not the media or men she so dearly likes to attack. There were times when women really suffered from inequality, nowadays it’s the opposite. Crazy feminists like Sarkeesian just don’t know that men and women ARE different and not meant to be the same in every aspect of life. They want men to be like pets which they can dictate what to do, what’s OK and what not.

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        • UnrealClock

          December 15, 2017 at 19:19

          Says who. How old are you. Just saying shit doesn’t mean anything me grow up. Get over yourself and realise maybe you’re apart of the problem instead of just flailing your arms because you think Injustice is up for you to determine. Not those under fire

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        • UnrealClock

          December 15, 2017 at 19:28

          I stand corrected. You obviously provided a lot of female characters that aren’t just vomited out from male perspectives. You’re obviously so right that I’m going to start talking shit about someone making calm YouTube videos explaining problematic issues in a medium’s representation of women.

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      • Lars Mårten Rikard Nilsson

        December 9, 2019 at 16:21

        got any facts to back up your made up statistic?

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      • Lars Mårten Rikard Nilsson

        December 9, 2019 at 16:21

        got any facts to back up your made up statistic?

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  44. Lieutenant BaconWaffles

    November 18, 2017 at 11:16

    Well, it’s obvious she didn’t actually do any research, since all of her video footage was stolen from other youtubes. She didn’t upgrade her filming equipment or software, she didn’t pay the DeviantArtists who’s art she stole, & she didn’t buy any games or consoles. There was also rumors about tax evasion.

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  45. killermoon

    December 24, 2019 at 22:23

    She can’t afford to make mistake ???
    Her videos full of mistakes

    She said in one of videos that Bayonetta is a single mother. LOL she never played that game

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