I’ve mentioned the Tropes vs Women in Video Games kickstarter project before, along with the FeministFrequency series of 101-level videos about feminist concepts as regards popular culture. These videos, by the way, are excellent — they’re so excellent, in fact, that they’re even used in schools. The kickstarter exists to help keep FeministFrequency making new videos, as well as to fund the concerted research and time spent on this specific video that FemFreq is making.
In taking on this topic, however, it seems she’s stumbled onto the hornet’s nest of misogyny that is the online video game community.
As some of you may be aware, this project has recently been subject to a coordinated online harassment effort waged by various online video game forums vowing to “take me down”. I always expect a certain level of harassment when discussing gender issues online. This time however, it’s a more organized and sustained effort than I’ve experienced before.
The intimidation and harassment effort has included a torrent of misogyny and hate speech on my YouTube video, repeated vandalizing of the Wikipedia page about me, organized efforts to flag my YouTube videos as “terrorism”, as well as many threatening messages sent through Twitter, Facebook, Kickstarter, email and my own website. These messages and comments have included everything from the typical sandwich and kitchen “jokes” to threats of violence, death, sexual assault and rape. All that plus an organized attempt to report this project to Kickstarter and get it banned or defunded. Thankfully, Kickstarter has been incredibly supportive in helping me deal with the harassment on their service.
There’s a terrible, terrible screenshot of the sort of misogyny her Youtube video promoting this kickstarter has been getting. I know, I know, Youtube comments are like one of the major nexuses of hatred on the internet, owing mostly to the extremely low bar for commenting and the ubiquity of the website itself, but still.
so you’re a bolshevik feminist jewess that hates White people and does website design for Tim Wise extremist platform and you expect to be taken seriously when you’re “critique-ing” video games.
NO1 WANT TO PLAY A GAME STARRING A FAT UGLY LESBIAN WOMAN ITS JUST THE TRUTH
Or how about:
Fucking downvoted and flagged for terrorism. Dumb ass nazi cunt.
— BoxxyizQueen (gee, that’s a tell)
That’s not even to mention the myriad instances of “tits or gtfo” or “back in the kitchen”. It’s not like those comments are unique to feminist videos anyway.
I happen to think this bullshittery is an excellent reason to go give her lots and lots of money. The project closes June 16th.