Why do I bring this up? Do you even consider women wearing pants as a revolutionary notion? No (I do realise there are cultures that this could be considered revolutionary but that is, unfortunately, beside the point). They are fucking pants, who cares? Well, apparently the idea of women and gaming is just as revolutionary as women wearing pants in the 20th century.
Matt already wrote an editorial on this but I felt it was important enough to chime in. Let us begin by saying that even if Quinn cheated on her partner and even if she did so for a favourable review, who the fuck are you to judge? It has been shown that the reviewer never discussed Quinn's Depression Quest, which is beside the point. It was just an attempt to discredit Quinn. Are people so insecure in their own existence that a woman who designs games is so terrifying she must be destroyed with any means and by all costs? Apparently, yes.
Sarkeesian is a media blogger, Feminist Frequency. She is well-known for her videos Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. I've watched her videos. I like her. I am not required to agree with her 100%. She brings up interesting points. Sarkeesian tries to examine issues within games that the general public does not think about or even see. She brings up issues that most people gloss over as unimportant. While she may not find the more representative examples for her discussions, she is still showing the community that there is work to be done.
Here's the kicker, the attacks on her are the exact thing that she is attempting to highlight as, possible, unseen or unnoticed misogyny in video games. She was driven from her home by death threats against herself and her family.
I think this is going to blow your mind: women don't play video games with their vaginas. Having one doesn't effect gaming (I wear pants too, for the record). Hands are pretty universal between women and men. Ya know, the things we use for video games?
At first, I was incredibly angry. For awhile I asked myself "what did you expect"? At that point I became even more angry. Why should acceptance be my first response? Fuck. That.
Threats of rape and murder because a woman has a voice and an idea are, simply, unacceptable. You are a coward if you say those things within the veil of anonymity. You are a coward to threaten another person with those things at all. You are insecure.
As T. C. Douglas noted, if we would walk like men, act as courteous and caring species towards each other, we would be living in a paradise. We are living within a world of marvels. Gaming has not only become more accessible and improved every year, but gaming culture and nerds are now more popular and accepted than ever. Why do we gamers attack others for judging us when we have such a cancerous, misogynistic subgroup within our ranks?
I have admitted already on this website that I, on occasion, act like an asshole. I have never threatened to rape anyone. Why do we as a community allow a micro minority be our representatives in society? These people aren't even an accurate representation of our culture.
I once wrote a paper for a symposium on women in the military. For a very long time, women were precluded from military service because they were perceived as "weak", they would "distract" their male counterparts and destroy the "brotherhood" of the military. This continued even after many pages and reports showed statistical data that if women and men were trained together that brotherhood would simply be replaced with comradery and, shocking, mutual respect. Which is exactly how it is in gaming!
There is no difference between women and men in gaming. The only differences are the ones we allow to be created from prejudice and misconception. This goes for peoples sexuality. There is no difference between any people who like gaming. Gaming is a hobby and lifestyle that people are drawn too. The games they like maybe influenced by their experiences, but that goes for all things in life!
I am no longer going to be a subgroup apologist. I am a gamer. I am a true gamer. I will not suffered fools lightly anymore. We should my have to be ashamed of our love of games because of a subgroup. We must stand up for equality in our ranks or forever be tainted by a miniscule minority. As T.C. Douglas said "courage my friends, it is never too late to build a better tomorrow".