This talk by Anita Sarkeesian at the TEDxWomen 2012 event was posted with its ratings and comments disabled. While ordinarily I would consider that the mark of an attempt to stifle debate, this was done because she is the target of an ongoing hate campaign because she’s a woman talking about sexism in a traditionally male-dominated territory: video games.
The comments and downvotes would wreck this talk’s chances of being seen, normally. In this case, knowing that she’d be censored by the same haters she’s talking about, I’m okay with disabling the ratings and comments. We can post it to our own sites and let her speak, then offer constructive criticism in spaces where we can moderate away the haters. This deprives them of a space to vent, and allows her message to enter the marketplace of ideas to live or die by their own merits.
But the haters found an easy way around this: upload the identical video elsewhere, so they could downrate it to shit and talk about rape all they want. It may not remove the original video from the public discourse, but it sure makes them feel better about their tiny and insignificant lives.
This is one of those places. It is only a day old, so the misogyny isn’t quite knee-deep yet where there’s only thirteen comments when I wrote this. But the comments are certainly representative of the best arguments they have to offer:
ThorkellTheTall doesn’t understand gendered insults:
WHY IS SHE SUCH A FAGGOT
ThorkellTheTall 28 minutes ago
vaifen is unaware of the limits of poetic license (protip: saying “literally” means it should be at least theoretically possible):
I literally want to rape this bitch in half.
vaifen 1 hour ago
billytamer shows us how to eschew surplusage:
billytamer 1 hour ago
And the no-prize for zero self-awareness and zero sense of irony, with five upvotes…
Not only does she talk at TEDx events, TEDx went out of their way to close comments as soon as anecdotal evidence about her terrible masters dissertation, inability to create videos despite being paid a handsome sum for that reason, her radical views on what feminism is, etc.. begin to arise.
Apparently critical discussion or disagreement with her standing there for ten minutes painting herself as a victim is a ‘concentrated attack’
tHeWasTeDYouTh 1 hour ago 5
Not that there’s much nuanced argumentation in what I left out. If there’s a legitimate argument against what she has to say about the common tropes that paint women as either helpless or fucktoys or both in the video game world, I’ve yet to hear it. And these tropes are playing to an audience of malcontent misogynist fuckstains who are dissatisfied with their own social standing and so take it out on any woman they see (digitally, from a distance, never in person, no), so no wonder she’s developed such a hate following.
Reminds me of someone else I know in the skeptical community.
Nope, still no misogyny. To wit:
I want her dick up my ass
DailyDoseDoc 7 hours ago
YAY FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH
JESUS FUCK I HATE HER SMIRK
I WANNA PUNCH HER WITH THE EQUAL STRENGHT I WOULD USE TO HIT A MAN
Joel5656 8 hours ago