Anita Sarkeesian Forced Out of Her Home
Posted by DukeSkath on Thursday, 28th August, 2014
You want to know why I’m so angry on this week’s podcast? It’s because of the wretched, pathetic, violent anger directed at women who challenge the male status quo in the world of video games.
Today Anita Sarkeesian shared this horrifying series of tweets (WARNING: Vile and graphic!) demonstrating how specific and atrocious the threats and harassment have gotten for her.
Earlier she explained that she had to leave her home:
Â Iâ€™m safe. Authorities have been notified. Staying with friends tonight. Iâ€™m not giving up. But this harassment of women in tech must stop!
This stuff makes me sick to my stomach, and so I shout and curse when the topic comes up. I’m not going to be quiet about it, and I hope everyone understands that my rage isn’t about a particular incident or even a few of them. It’s because I’ve seen this same sort of thing happen over and over, for years, and mostly men don’t care — if they even know about it.
We men have a responsibility to stand up to these atrocities. Not just by clucking our tongues when someone crosses the line, but by demanding a safe place for everyone — especially women, who receive a unique kind of horrible backlash — to express their opinion.