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White Knighting Sarkeesian…again

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“No more need for feminism” by ladylaguna

Alright, you might think that there are a few other things I should or could write about today. You might think I should write another edition of Geek Jitsu, considering it’s Wednesday. However, since I’m busy compiling and writing the first PDF version of that column, there won’t be a Geek Jitsu every Wednesday for the next weeks. I can only provide you with so much healthy advice. Still, there’s this E3 thingy going on, and you bet I have an opinion about that. Well sure I do, but there’s something else I have to get out of my system (which is related to the E3).

Last week, I wrote a post about how all these male gamers should take a chill pill and let Sarkeesian share her opinion on the role of the female gender in gaming. A few days ago, Sarkeesian tweeted about the lack of female protagonists in the games presented during E3. When I saw it, I just thought “meh, didn’t bother me” and went on with my life. However, a gazillion wannabe alpha-males out there had to interrupt their schedules to bring down some “righteous” fury on Sarkeesian. A most “enjoyable” compilation can be found here.

I hate playing the White Knight for people who are fully capable of defending themself, but these tweets just raise the question why there’s so many gamers ¬†who get all tense and aggressive when someone adds some feminism to their hobby. You might not like Sarkeesian’s opinion, but that’s no reason to call her a cunt or tell her that her statements make your manhood all limp. Those are the things you spew forth when you’re five and you have a disagreement with your big brother, not when you want to have serious dialogue with someone who doesn’t share your views.

Look, I’m not telling you guys to agree with Sarkeesian. I don’t even fully agree with her, but you don’t see me sending her hate-tweets, hoping her life ends in some cruel way. What I am telling you, though, is that you should finally grow up and just argue with her like an adult. Write your own blog posts about this, send her e-mails or contact her in any other way. That will certainly get your message across as well, while opening up some healthy dialogue we can all learn from.

I hope this is the last post I have to dedicate to this topic, and that we all can just get along, no matter if we want our video game protagonists to be male or female. One love, guys and gals. One love.

In defense of Anita Sarkeesian

meme i dont alwOh feminism, you most challenging of subjects. In our modern, Western world, what is left to fight for in the name of female rights? Don’t get me wrong, I’d be the last to disregard the still impressive gap in wages for men and women of equal station, or the trials women have to endure when trying to combine a career and family, but every time I hear a raging, First World feminist claiming that we still live in a world where women have nothing to say, I get all twitchy and weird. When such a women then proceeds to describe some of the most memorable video games as sexist, I’m ready to spew some verbal flames. Logically, one might argue that a woman like Anita Sarkeesian would be a person I wouldn’t like to have tea with, based on her views expressed on her blog and in her videos. To my great surprise, I would actually like to grab some Starbucks with her, and I actually want to dedicate this post to the defense of her statements.

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