when i find myself in times of trouble
the 12th doctor comes to me
speaking words of wisdom
This is the greatest thing in all of classic Doctor Who
The Doctor has never noped harder
This is literally the best thing ever omg.
I would like to take a moment to point out that this show took the Music Meister, a villain who (in my experience) is generally looked down upon and considered a joke, and turned him into a serious threat. In a single move he succeeds in TAKING OVER THE ENTIRE WORLD! Also he’s Neil Patrick Harris, what’s not to love?
I bought my friend an elephant for their room.
They said “Thank you.”
I said “Don’t mention it.”
Is there a joke here that 15 thousand people get but I don’t?
Sorry, I can’t ADDRESS it right now
the most real tweet ive read all day tbh
Thing is, though, actual researched and meaningful feminist criticism and commentary tends to be relatively well received and sparks meaningful discussion. When the face of “Feminist Criticism” in gaming is Anita, of course it’s going to be a big “WTF” because it’s some of the most poorly written, poorly presented and poorly constructed criticism out there.
I take issue with people who dismiss any negative response to Anita’s “criticism” as “ahurdur internet sexism” because, honestly, her “criticism” is flawed. It ignores context, it cherrypicks and purposefully misrepresents information to suit the point she wishes to make. She does not offer criticism. What she does is seeks out examples to back up the statement she was already prepared to make.
And even then she undermines the whole purpose of her series by not really offering any sort of insight or commentary, rather reading off a laundry list of things she didn’t like that fits the trope the video is about and a number of times the examples she shows have been misrepresented and shown without context to twist them to fit her point.
People are not again criticism of representation, portrayal and execution in gaming. People are not inherently against feminist criticism of games or even against criticism of games from an artistic view.
What people are against is shitty, poorly researched and biased criticism.
Also, I think it’s time people stop pretending that people take issue with Anita herself. And I mean this on both sides of the fence here. People against her need to stop pretending they don’t have an automatic dislike of anything she produces because of how questionable her actions have been and how manipulative her “criticisms” have been.
And people in support of Anita need to stop pretending that her arguments are without fault and that all of the criticism she receives comes from misogyny. People need to stop pretending that she is infallible.
I’ve seen very civil, well spoken and thought out counter-arguments to Anita’s criticisms from all sorts of people. Feminists, bullheaded gamers, men and women alike. But the common theme is that they’re almost always disregarded as just “being against Anita!!!!! sexism!!!!”
I truly and earnestly want to see feminist criticism of video games, their stories, their representation, etc. I believe it’s an important discussion to have and I believe it’s something that everyone should, at the very least, be aware of and take into consideration.
I do not believe that Anita is the one to do it, though. I feel she has done an awful job thus far and has created this bizarre sort of mentality that as long as someone is a victim of harassment what they have to say is valid and true and should not be questioned. It’s created a breed of people in gaming culture who will blindly accept whatever is said and blindly defend it when the whole point of the criticism is to encourage a critical and thoughtful evaluation of the games we play and enjoy.
Ultimately, I truly regret donating to the Tropes vs Women kickstarter because not only does she take forever and a half to produce a single episode but her criticisms have been incredibly insulting and prove that she’s not putting in the amount of research or thoughtful analysis that she would have us believe she is. I feel that her brand of feminism is not one that should be held up as the kind to judge and critique media. It’s a very shallow, sex-negative and, if I may be so bold, femininity-shaming kind of feminism.
I mean, hell, look at her proposal for a game idea. Look at what she considers to be “better ideas”.
They ultimately boil down to “okay, just take what the male character already is… and make it female!”. What she proposes is not better variety and more respectful representation of women but is actually just “well just make it a girl”.
Literally to take Mario and Link and swap their heads with Peach and Zelda’s. To present them in the same way masculinity is presented while shaming “traditional” femininity as “weakness” in female characters.
And honestly, I truly wish people didn’t just eat it all up just because it’s an easy to digest “yay look I’m supporting feminism without actually putting much thought into it! Anita knows what’s she’s doing!” cookie.
Also, when it comes to journalism? Yes. Yes gaming journalism SHOULD be held to higher standards. No more of this “bloggers when they fuck up, journalists when they want respect” garbage. No more of this clickbait bullshit. Either gaming journalists produce content that is deserving of the respect and thoughtful consideration it wants or be disregarded as the jokes they currently are.
tl;dr the issue “gamers” have is not with feminist criticism but with those who currently represent “feminist criticism” and how poor and shallow it is.
Best, well thought out criticism of the whole situation.
All of this, but the death and rape threats are uncalled for.
Remember when I talked about feminists who look for reasons to be offended? This is exactly what I was talking about.
It’s one thing to enjoy playing video games and happen by a scene which is genuinely fucked up (I mean chances are it was intended to be fucked up; it’s like people complaining about the violence and drug use in Far Cry games), but it’s entirely another thing to grind through something you don’t even enjoy for a demographic you evidently dislike playing content that you barely understand, removing context and information, just so you can have a reason to take offence. It’s pathetic.
Let me get this straight. she plays a game for 8 hours, looking to be offended, and is mad when she can’t find something.
Yep, you got it on point.
The problem I have with this post is that Anita is doing research when she does this. “capture a particular scene” refers to her work in Femfreq about criticizing certain tropes and whatnot.
She played a game that she didn’t enjoy for the sake of that show and for that research. I’d prefer her work to be well-researched than otherwise.
Also, unpleasant in this context can totally refer to a game that she finds issue with from a writing standpoint, or issue with from a gameplay standpoint. Without further clarification we don’t even know.
I still haven’t even gotten around to watching Femfreq, I don’t even know if I’ll agree with it. More than likely as with most videos that offer this opinion shenanigans I’ll agree and disagree throughout. But this post is criticizing her in a really dumb way considering what she does. Research, guys, I mean really. “Looking for things to be offended about” My gods.
I feel as though you and another user who has responded similarly do not fully understand how either Anita Sarkeesian or Feminist Frequency operates. The purpose of her web series is, as you said, to point out tropes in video games and possible misogynistic behaviour which (in their eyes) is either encouraged or at the very least not discouraged. The problem, though, is Anita does exactly what I described; she looks for reasons to be offended in video games, often, and has at times even ignored in-game prompts to prove her (moot) point.
A prime example that a couple other people brought up early on is her play-through of Hitman Absolution, which is summarized here. In it, she claims that players are encouraged to perform “misogynistic behaviour”, and that even though it isn’t mandatory, it’s “implicitly encouraged”.
What she fails to mention is that…fuck it, I’ll let the analysis do the talking:
Anita then shows a clip of Hitman Absolution, depicting the player character knocking out and dragging the bodies of female strippers around the floor.
While this is happening, the player score counter in the top corner of the screen is actually GOING DOWN.
Hitman Absolution doesn’t “implicitly encourage” killing or knocking out civilians, female or otherwise. It actuallydiscouragesthat kind of behavior, by activelypenalizingthe player for it.
So we end up with a case of Anita using video footage that proves wrong the very point she’s making at the time.
Furthermore, only an idiot player is going to interfere with the strippers anyway, as they’re incredibly easy to sneak past, and they only hurt your score if you try interacting with them in any way.
Not only this, but she suggests that the player “cannot help” but perform obscene acts on female NPCs.
The player cannot help but treat these female bodies as things to be acted upon,because they were designed, constructed and placed in the environment for that singular purpose. Players are meant to derive a perverse pleasure from desecrating the bodies of unsuspecting virtual female characters.
Once again using footage from Hitman Absolution.
What she DOESN’T show is thatyou can kill / knock out male characters, strip them of all their clothes, and leave them lying around in their underwear and/or dumped in a dumpster. Which is something you CANNOT do to female characters (take all their clothes, I mean), and is arguablyworsethan what you CAN do to female characters (kill them / knock them out, drag them around, — and not much else).
She’s done this with a number (and I say a number because she hasn’t even followed through with the rest of the videos she has promised) of her other femfreq videos; this isn’t an isolated incident in the slightest.
So when I and others interpret what she’s said as looking for reasons to be offended it’s based on knowing these things prior to coming to that conclusion; that is, knowing that she has at times intentionally ignored in-game prompts and completely disregarded context just so she would have a reason to be offended by some bullshit “trope” in a video game. It’s happened before, and so it’s no surprise that it could also be the case here.
It’s cherry picking. It’s the fact she is deliberately playing through a game, ignoring 8 hours of context or gameplay mechanics to pull one scene she knows exists (see: her public appeals for her fans to tell her about scenes or abilities in games she hasn’t yet played that support her argument prior to doing “research”) to get a brief clip outside of said context to prove a point.
Here’s a terrible half-assed analogy: Say I were to do a video series on problematic tropes women make in public to address and made an open call for people to give me examples that support the argument of the episode, such as saying “I need examples of women being gold diggers for my gold digger episode.” My inbox gets flooded by misogynistic manlets sending me links to shitty bait videos like this “Gold Digger Car Prank" and i proceed to make a video arguing that women are gold diggers with citations to examples like these. You can’t dispute these cherry picked videos exist and show women being lead into doing "problematic" or upsetting things - but the whole argument is loaded with exceptions to the rule, showing questionable examples that are constructed to produce positive results, otherwise rigged to prove a pre-established conclusion that disregards the fact that I’m using crude statistical outliers to argue the nature of a whole that simply is deceptive or often not true. Chances are, that gold digger videos required multiple takes and probably left out examples where the creators failed to lure subjects into their prank or where girls simply told them to fuck off with their shiny car and grow up. As a result, the manlets who watch my videos get erect on their confirmation bias and believe all women are gold diggers. Mission accomplished.
This is why I feel these videos are often concerning. You can tell me my comparison to a dumb “gold digger” series is false equivalence, but it’s the act of casting a net to find nothing but examples to support the argument, no matter how insignificant they are in incidence, to portray the whole of an industry as plagued by it that irritates me. It’s the act of disregarding research that potentially contradicts my argument to mislead and creating hysteria.
But that’s all I’ll have to say on that in regards to critical analysis. To it’s credit, it HAS made developers smarten up and be a bit more self aware of their game plot design, but I still get flank flustered at how the videos are constructed and how otherwise potholed and basic they are argued.
Anita Sarkeesian is the latest embodiment of all those bored, middle-class, clueless adults who cried “WOLF” in the 80s and 90s over heavy metal and rap music. They grifted people out of their money via “fundraising,” started action committees, brought artists to court, and conducted “research” that pointed out the dangers of songs like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.
Anita’s video game witch hunt is just another wave of PMRC-style bullshit, but of a different ideological flavor.
The game Hitman is about as dangerous to women as the song “Fuck the Police” was dangerous to cops. In the wake of this Mike Brown situation, the original outcry over that track leading to the senseless murder of police officers seems terribly ironic.
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this is long but important. if anyone is ever under the delusion that what Anita is doing is important in any way, please show them this post.
Anita thinks she is enlightening the game world by pointing out how certain tropes are misogynistic but that DOESNT MEAN FUCKING SHIT. Literally everyone knows they’re misogynistic. They’re tropes BECAUSE they’re misogynistic. Telling people “hey games where princesses are kidnapped and hookers are murdered are misogynistic” is NOT FUCKING NEWS.
So the logical next step would be to go deeper. It’s a moot point that these tropes are misogynistic. So why do they keep happening? What’s going on in the minds of the industry, in society at large, where people shrug off accusations of misogyny and keep endorsing these tropes time and time again? And what needs to change so it stops happening?
THAT’S what I want to know, Anita. THAT’S how you can bring something new to the table and put your funding to good use. THAT’S what will bring relevance and value to your content, and earn people’s respect for putting yourself out there, instead of gloating over an “argument” - namely, that tropes that demeaningly portray women are a Bad Thing - that was won by first-wave feminists and accepted by all of society before you were even born. THAT’S HOW YOU CAN BEGIN TO MAKE THE CHANGE YOU CLAIM TO BE FIGHTING FOR.
but you won’t, ever. because it’s way easier to play video games for the express purpose of getting mad at them, and read off the same laundry list of harmful tropes and exploited female characters that anyone can find on tvtropes in 10 seconds, and let the cash and controversy trickle in.
Also a good read
Anita Sarkeesian, whose excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is an important contribution to the discussion of gender and games, has been driven from her home by enraged male gamers whose stalking, and explicit, credible threats of sexual violence against her and her family convinced her to go into hiding.
In so doing, these men have ably demonstrated the point Sarkeesian sought to make all along: that gaming is riddled with misogynistic violence, and that this violence reflects a real-world misogyny rampant within the gaming world.
Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist [Adi Robertson/The Verge]
Yup. Just proving her right. And pretty much everything she’s ever said.
This makes me sick to my stomach. If you do this shit to people, you have no right to call yourself a human being, let alone a gamer.
Look I don’t like Anita Sarkeesian, I think that a lot of her points are only approached from a single mindset that she refuses to budge from, but shit like this is exactly why her videos need to be made. If things like this can happen then we need somebody to stand up and voice their unpopular opinion so that we can all see that she does in fact have a point.
I hope that Anita Sarkeesian can come out of hiding and keep making her videos one day, I may not like the content but that doesn’t mean I can’t see the merit of her arguments, especially when disgraceful shit like this happens.
I sometimes forget that Death is a female (who’s in love with deadpool) in the Marvel universe.
I will always reblog this.
A romance for the ages.