I was really hoping to not have to write this. As I really don’t like giving Sarkeesian more attention than she deserves, but when the average internet user or someone like me, can do better research than the average journalist, it bears mentioning.
This isn’t the only article mindlessly defending her arguments without thorough research. It’s every article that’s ever been written on her by the mainstream media.
There’s footage of her saying she’s not a gamer. Her arguments are easily debunked, and her evidence is either non-existent or amounts to pseudo-science.
I have to keep reminding myself that these are paid journalists. That these people are employed by the media to do a job that they are utterly failing to do. Which greatly saddens me.
If people would actually listen to what she’s saying for longer than two minutes, they’d realize how it makes no rational sense. Her arguments rely entirely on one thing being true. It relies on video games being able to cause violence and sexism.
Which we’ve known for a long time to be completely untrue. It’s the same argument that anti-porn crusaders use. If this we’re true we’d see an increase in violence and violence against women, but we don’t. There isn’t data to suggest that.
By that logic you’d see an increase in violent crime in countries with access to video games, in comparison to those without widespread access. But the opposite is true. Mainly because the quality of life is better in countries where people have the privilege of being able to just sit around and play video games.
It’s almost superstitious thinking. That if people view media that is violent or sexual, that it will somehow morph the youth into violent sociopathic murderers and rapists. That’s what Anita Sarkeesian is saying.
She believes that video games, and not terrible people, are causing violence against women. That’s why people are angry, and that’s why everyone is frustrated with her and the media.
It doesn’t matter if she’s wrong. They will not hold her accountable because every last one of them is afraid of being labelled a sexist. Which is in itself sexist. Because they are treating Anita like a special flower, instead of like a human being worthy of equal treatment.
That’s the irony in all this. That in trying to be progressive and forward thinking, they are being far more sexist than any of the people criticizing her. In protecting her and sheltering her from criticism, they are saying that she can not handle equal treatment. In being concerned about not appearing sexist, they are being sexist.
While I don’t condone harrassing or doxxing Anita, those making reasonable criticisms are treating her as an equal that can handle criticism. Where as the media only sees people attacking a precious delicate woman.
I thought the whole point of empowering women was so that they could stand beside men as equals. Not so that they could be placed on pedestals. Yet these people are blind to the sheer ignorance of what they are preaching.
Seriously, what the fuck?