Tell me again how GamerGate is about journalistic ethics. I fucking DARE you.
People make fun of Taylor Swift’s music, I’ve heard criticisms about her being a ‘perpetual teenager’ and ‘just writing songs for teenage girls’ and it’s taken me a while to figure out why it bugs me.
Because I could have used someone like her when I was a teenager, telling me that those ‘little’ things you worry about DO matter and that they are real, but the assurance that the pain will pass. Instead I had adults who told me my problems were not even real problems because I didn’t pay taxes on them. As though my feelings were less valid because I wasn’t paying rent.
Taxes and rent are real problems, they suck. But so often we invalidate the experiences of teenagers. Maybe because it’s easy to look back and trivialise something you have already survived and been through.
Maybe Taylor writes these songs because she recognises that teenage girls are not a joke, they are people with genuine concerns and emotions.
The themes within her music are not so different from many others but her target audience gets her criticism. She writes about love, the pain of unrequited love, heartbreak, loss and sometimes the painful shattering of illusions.
So did Shakespeare.
Now you might be thinking, “wait, did she just compare Taylor Swift to Shakespeare???”
And before you get upset …yes, I did. Because why not?
I love me some Shakespeare, but not as much as I love sitting and listening to a slow Taylor Swift ballad or driving and badly singing along to Shake It Off.
Because I’m a 26 year old woman and I still enjoy/relate to the music that Taylor Swift makes.
TL;dr version: Taylor Swift>Shakespeare
There’s also some inherent misogyny in it. The problems of teenage girls rank quite low on societies “worth caring about” ladder.
Plus, Shakespeare was a populist who wrote dirty jokes and appealed to the low socioeconomic classes. It was kind of his thing. So, incredibly valid comparison.
Gamer gate has been trying to use Bayonetta as a rallying point, and criticism of it as proof of a “feminist agenda” in reviews
They’ve been trying to get Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta, to support them
the salt is so fucking real
Not the largest fan of the game (style does NOT appeal to me at ALL) but I might buy it now just for the laugh he gave me :D
I am pro almost anything that gets the gamergate babies crying <3
dimittas said: Anita Sarkeesian (female) sent many death threats to herself. But she isnt a video gamer, so your point still might be a valid.
You are literally too stupid to insult.
Translation: I can’t disprove that so you’re stupid.
I can’t disprove that unicorns are real, but that doesn’t make them exist. I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but hell, I’ve got a bit of time to kill.
Gamergate is a hate movement that started with a jilted ex of a game dev accusing her of sleeping with a journalist for a good review, when said journalist never reviewed the game in question at all.
Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu have been driven from their homes by death threats and harassment. #Gamergate as a whole has been revealed as a concentrated, concerted effort to harass Zoe Quinn by the aforementioned jilted ex.
And over what? Feminism in video game journalism? Less than half a percent of articles written about video games contain explicit references to sexism, misogyny, or feminism. Every major art form is analyzed in sociopolitical lights. Every major everything is analyzed that way. It’s what criticism is. Feminist criticism is an accepted academic method of analyzing media that has been in use since the late 1700s.
Even if it wasn’t, these people are essentially getting angry about discussions about women having more egalitarian portrayals in games. That’s literally it. Their biggest rallying cry is that men who play games are being shoved into the margins despite being gaming’s core target demographic. Except they fail to notice that adult women are the largest demographic in gaming, and even if they weren’t, it’s not oppressive to be asked to maybe not use women as sex objects in games. It’s not oppressive for some things not to be about men and their entertainment.
The threats made against Sarkeesian are credible, and the FBI agrees with me on that one. She isn’t the only one to receive credible death and rape threats recently (or in the past) and she won’t be the last.
I suspect you’re not the type who actually cares about facts, however. I suspect you’re one of the people who urge us to “look at both sides” of the issue, but honestly? When one side sends death, rape, and bomb threats, and the other wants women not to be treated as shitty by the gaming industry as they are, that’s not a debate I’m willing to have.
By the way, humanism is the belief that people have the ability to act ethically without the assistance of theism or supernatural belief. If you want a belief system that’s about ensuring men and women have equal rights and opportunities, that’s feminism.