I have watched Anita Sarkeesian's latest offering. Episode one of "Tropes vs Women" entitled Damsils in distress. At some point I plan to make a video to go into further details on all that is wrong with her position on how women are used far too often as objects to be possessed or claimed. that they can often times be reduced things to be passed between two males fighting over her like a piece of meat. what's her arguments? in short she goes after donkey Kong and ends with super mario and princess peach.
she ignores details when they don't fit her message and she doesn't even bother to learn about the characters because... you know...facts and shit. she says peach is like a ball being passed between mario and bowser. first off if anyone is reducing peach down to an object it's....Anita herself. she starts off talking about the bad and slightly sexist trope of women being kidnapped and men having to bravely come to her rescue as a form of sexual conquest. that the man can claim his "woman" as a prize...a sexual prize. but mario isn't doing this for anything more then he feels a sense of justice in risking his life for a woman he doesn't get to fuck and certainly doesn't get to kiss. he gets fucking cake for all his efforts. and that's good enough for him. oh but we cannot see marios work as being noble no no...he's being a sexist pig by going after a princess who is somehow unable to rescue herself.
never mind luigi's mansion (which has a sequel coming out later this month) in which mario himself is depowered and taken prisoner. luigi himself is almost taken too. oh but we can't let a little game like that ....or mario's missing on the nes as nitnendo bucking the trend no no. Because miss Anita moves the goal posts by insisting that these games (which she didn't show on her show btw) aren't part of the "main" mario series and so they don't count. and she doesn't even touch much on mario sunshine (er or at all) so that she can say that fans only focus on the main mario series and thus it's wrong.
what about Resident evil code name veronica. sure a man opens up claires sell but I hardly call that him saving her. he dies in the jail alone and figures he'll let her at least have a chance to escape on her own. most of the men who may help her ususally end up mutated and she often has to try to kill them. this almost the same trope in reverse and anita doesn't care. or what abour resident evil Zero...rebecca chambers doesn't exactly seem helpless. or I'll go one further and speak about resident fucking evil 3:Nemisis....oh wait but that's a bad example because jills dressed as a whore.right Anita???
she brings up Zelda too. she says all games depower zelda thought she speaks of sheik she mentions in passing that Zelda can be a side kick now and again showing concept art of Zelda spirit tracks without actually talking about the game. zelda is powerful...in the game she can be even more powerful by inhabiting the bodies of enemies and helping link along the way. the fucking series is named after Zelda for fuck sakes. and she never talks about the Zelda cd-i game where Zelda was the only playable character and is considered one of the best of the CD-I zelda titles. oh but you know....facts and shit.
by days end you start to see my point. she omits facts that don't fit her narrative. she moves goal posts when it does fit her narriative. or she only briefly brings up games that could be damaging to her cause and missrepresents them to suit her own needs. and don't even get me started on the fact that her comments,ratings,like dislikes are all disabled. she will claim it's because she gets rape/death threats but it has nothing to do with that. if this series is about engaging the internet on a wide raging of topics then this isn't the way to do it. and it also sends the message that her talking points don't stand up to scrutiny. she isn't interested in defending herself. she is interested inperpetuating the "i'm a victim" stereotype while acting like shes a "stong independant woman."
that doesn't mean I support abusing her or the rape threats or the insecure bullshit that a lot of men have thrown her way because they are scared she will break down their doors and take their precious games away. being mysogenistic for the sake of being mysogenistic is never okay....not that being a whiney entitled dick for the cause of man is okay either but some people take this shit way too far and take it way too seriously. Anita does tedx talks but she is a scared scared little girl who would crumble in open debate and cry victimhood to try to win her arguments because she really doesn't care. she herself is self absorbed,self interested and doesn't really care at all about womens rights. Despite the monicure of "Feminist" in the title of her shows she actually doesn't associate with Feminists and doesn't like the cause as she sees it. which makes the title of her show rather disengenious to say the least.
she won't take our games away. she won't change our games either. and for the record I do agree with equality and equal represntation in gaming but Anita is not the hero we all need for that. she isn't even an anti-hero. she's a petty woman who cares more about video games then she does t.v.,magazines and books because....videogames. and when she trotted out that picture of herself as kid holding a controller in her hand as if to say "I'm a gamer too." I almost punched my T.V. she gives girl gamers a bad name.
and yet I find it funny. my friends who post a critique of her video without actually talking any smack against anita are finding themselves being attacked by rad feminists who only read the title and then claim that men are being men and men are bad cause they are attacking anita. because anyone who dares speak out against her is a whiney insecure white male who likely has a small penis and lives in his mothers basement (no really this is considered an valid ad homenem attack on any decenters)
if this post offends you. if you feel that Anita is the jesus of your cause in gaming then I suggest you take a deep breath and grow up.