Sexist Temper Tantrum
“There’s a toxicity within gaming culture, and also in tech culture, that drives this misogynist hatred, this reactionary backlash against women who have anything to say, especially those who have critiques or who are feminists. There’s this huge drive to silence us, and if they can’t silence us, they try to discredit us in an effort to push us out. But something about this recent, really intense backlash has gotten the attention of a lot of people who were on the fence about whether the harassment of women was actually an issue. . . .
“GamerGate is really a sexist temper tantrum. That’s kind of a silly, funny way of putting it, but it’s kind of what it feels like, right? They’re going after and targeting women who are trying to make changes in the industry. They’re attacking anyone who supports women.”
—Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist pop culture critic who canceled a Utah State University appearance in October after death threats, in Sean T. Collins’s “Anita Sarkeesian on GamerGate: ‘We Have a Problem and We're Going to Fix This,’” Rolling Stone, Oct. 17, 2014
• Editorial Comment: Well, I guess they’re attacking me now.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
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