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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Threats Against Anita Sarkeesian Expose The Darkest Aspects Of Online Misogyny

That's the title of an interesting reflection on the latest threats against Anita Sarkeesian, by Maureen Ryan over at HuffPo. (Via Feminist Philosophes.)

  • "Gamergate Trolls Aren't Ethics Crusaders: They're a Hate Group" (Jennifer Allaway, Jezebel
  • "This Is Mysoginist Terrorism" (Melissa McEwan, Shakesville)
  • "The 'Good Name' of Gamergate" (Carolyn Vanseltine, Sibyl Moon Games)
  • "We Must Dissent" (Katherine Cross, Feministing
  • "We Will Force Gaming To Be Free" (Katherine Cross, First Person Scholar)
  • "Gamergate's vicious right-wing swell means there can be no neutral stance" (Jon Stone, The Guardian)
  • "The threats that shut down Anita Sarkeesian’s talk come from someone who seems to be deeply steeped in the misogynstic Men’s Rights subculture" (David Futrelle, We Hunted the Mammoth)
  • "The Top Four Men's Rightsiest things said about the recent threats against Anita Sarkeesian" (David Futrelle, We Hunted the Mammoth)
"Because", as McEwan put it, "threats of violence against uppity women [are] just to be expected". And that last one because it's good to remind ourselves just how ridiculous these people are.

But what's most terrifying about this is that it looks like a glimpse of the future:
  • "The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate" (Kyle Wagner, Deadspin
If you read nothing else, read that.

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