In yet another example of gamers acting like misogynistic brats, the creator of a Kickstarter project titled “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” has been the target of seemingly nonstop harassment. Anita Sarkeesian, the blogger behind the project, started the Kickstarter as a way to get funds (and interest) for a video series that would highlight gender tropes in video games. Apparently this idea was so offensive to gamers that they decided to launch a barrage of hatred at both Sarkeesian and her project.
In all cases, the attacks were laced with not just misogynistic, racist, and anti-Semitic language, but also death and rape threats.
Not just content with harassing Sarkeesian, the gamers also decided to try and get her Kickstarter page shut down by reporting it constantly. Unfortunately for them, tech startups usually don’t take the side of petulant children. On the page itself, Sarkeesian has reported that the company has been more than helpful in their management of the situation.
Despite all the harassment, the Kickstarter project has long since reached its goal of $6,000 – soaring to over $46,000. With four days left in the project, not only will it be getting funded, but they’ll likely have plenty of money left over to produce even more videos targeting sexism in video games.
Still, the harassment itself isn’t something we should just brush aside or forget about. Sarkeesian says it best:
I am certainly not the first woman to suffer this kind of harassment and sadly, I won’t be the last. But I’d just like to reiterate that this is not a trivial issue. It can not and should not be brushed off by saying, “oh well that’s YouTube for you“, “trolls will be trolls” or “it’s to be expected on the internet”. These are serious threats of violence, harassment and slander across many online platforms meant to intimidate and silence. And its not okay.
If you’re interested in helping fund the project, feel free to check it out here.