Hey you, about to anonymously comment about how misandry is totally a thing you have to deal with: watch this.
In terms of Internet time, this is kind of old at five days since it was initially posted to the Animal New York site, but it deserves the spotlight nonetheless.
In it, WBAI radio host Jay Smooth, who regularly video blogs at his own Ill Doctrine launches a verbal salvo against online some of our fellow gamers who think it’s cool to harass, defame, insult, or otherwise put down female, gay, and transgendered gamers.
Smooth’s video is a response to the pretty wretched reaction filmmaker Anita Sarkeesian’s efforts to fund a documentary looking at the kind of tropes that are used in gaming to represent women (congratulations on hitting 50 times your goal by the way, Anita). Sarkeesian brought attention to the harassment be commenters, the defacement of her Wikipedia page with porn and vicious comments and… look, you’ve been on the Internet and you know how incredibly dumb and terrible some folks get when they think their interest/cause/whatever is being slighted.
Smooth’s video takes aim at this, but it’s not just relevant to games. Pretty much any kind of fandom right now can be defined by an “us vs. them” mentality (which, you know, is kind of inherent to fandom). But to the extent that games or comics, or whatever else is somehow by default defined as a male preoccupation, or that somehow longtime gamers would be put out non-dudes into the fray is some kind of a compromise… honestly, I have no idea how we got here.
No one’s telling you to be sunshine and smiles to everyone online—just think whether you’d talk to your mom or grandma like you might be getting ready to talk to that girl who just jumped into your Black Ops CTF match.
Anyway, Smooth articulates my feelings on this (and what I’m sure or at least hope the majority of gamers feel) in the video.
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