At first glance, you may not think of this site as one where we would care about reactions to critical analysis of media. We care very much, in fact, and feel it is necessary to take a moment to discuss the recent reactions to the latest in Anita Sarkeesian’s “Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games” series.
I’m sure you’ve seen commentary about it on other sites already, but we feel that it is important to point out that we are a part of the community she is speaking to. She has seen a similar reaction every time she has released a video…the idiots come out of the woodwork to attack her. It has also seemed to escalate with each new round. Case in point:
It’s also disheartening to see the narrow-minded attacks spread to the people who vocally support the work she is doing. The more prominent the figure, the greater the degree of those attacks…just look at Tim Schafer as an example. Perhaps most telling is the absence (or perhaps drowning out) of the infamous, “Not all men…” argument; it is completely bypassed in this case. The attempt is not to derail the discussion, but to stamp it out completely. Attempting to silence a viewpoint one disagrees with (especially without an attempt to understand the root of that viewpoint), is unacceptable behavior.
We support Anita Sarkeesian’s efforts to elevate the discussion of video games, and the wider effort of eliminating sexism in our respective industries. We also call on the community to be not passive observers when this kind of hateful behavior arises. That old line of Edmund Burke’s seems an apt reminder of our responsibility, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.“