On Monday, Anita Sarkeesian posted a segment titled “Women as Background Decoration.” It examined how gratuitous sexual abuse and violence permeates contemporary video games. By the next day, she had received so many violent threats that she had to flee her home. And these weren’t idle Internet threats — some contained accurate identifying information about Sarkeesian’s home and family, enough for law enforcement to get involved.
The people who say that there’s no sexism in gaming; do they ever wonder why “trolls” consistently target people who point out sexism and take it to these extremes or is the whole thing just random chance to them every single time?
Wow. I watched this video a few months back, and I had no idea this had happened. I ultimately stopped being an active online gamer due to the harassment. Getting a message saying “hey whore” every time I logged onto PSN. Or being told a variety of sexually explicit things while playing online… it’s exhausting. Poor girl.
IDK if all this happened before she uploaded the second half of that video but regardless, I’m happy she did and I’m proud.
There’s a reason all of my MMO characters are male: So dudebros don’t harass me. The only exception was my Goblin DK, but that was well after I’d been with my guild for years, and beforehand, it was a Blood Elf male. This is why I don’t use VOIP (that and being made fun of because I don’t sound the way women are expected to isn’t fun). The attitudes in raids are wholeheartedly different depending on which gender your character appears to be/which gender the members think you are.