I’ve been challenged to do some rethinking when it comes to my thoughts about “trolls” and “cyber bullies”, but sometimes there’s a case where there are just no other words to describe what’s happening to a blogger.
A case like that is what recently happened to feminist Anita Sarkeesian, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a project looking at how women are portrayed in video games. She writes about it here, but if you don’t want to see the ugliness you can just imagine this: a huge number of male gamer lovers had some VERY STRONG and rather objectifying reactions to the idea that she would even consider being critical of women in games – before she even studied it.
The internet has been full of brilliant responses to this incident, but the video by Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth is really spectacular. (Yes, I fully realize the irony of posting a video by a man talking about men harassing a woman online, but it’s just that good.) Enjoy.