A short time ago I wrote about the avalanche of internet douchebaggery that descended on Jennifer Hepler, a writer for Bioware who had the temerity to. . .well, open her mouth and offer an opinion about games. Then Reddit got hold of it, and the next thing you she is being subjected to a torrent of misogynist abuse. The level of pure hate directed at her was as revealing of a new, desperation on the part of hardcore gamers concerning the changing trajectory of game development as it was entirely typical of the neanderthal attitudes toward women held by many players and assiduously cultivated by game designers.
Well, it seems the bottom feeders are at it again. Recently, pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian put up a proposal on Kickstarter. Sarkeesian runs the videoblog Feminist Frequency, where she offers thoughtful analysis of specific pop culture artifacts (like the Hunger Games series) or more general media phenomena relevant to gender issues. One series of videos, Tropes vs Women, looked at a some of the most common stereotypes governing depictions of women in popular culture. For her Kickstarter project she proposed an ambitious series of videos that would apply the Tropes vs Women concept to the world of videogames. Given the shockingly retrograde depictions of women in most videogames (if they make an appearance at all) there is obviously enough material for an extensive series. Sarkeesian is seeking funding to undertake a lot of background research for the videos, since her intent is for the videos to be freely available and supplemented with materials that would allow them to be used as teaching resources (the original Tropes vs Women videos are being used in this capacity). The problem was, Sarkeesian made the same mistake as Jennifer Hepler.
She opened her mouth.