The furor surrounding high profile feminist Anita Sarkeesian and the hate campaign she has been a victim of is one of the net’s hottest topics at the moment and it doesn’t look like calming down anytime soon either.
It all started when Feminist Frequency’s Sarkeesian posted about her latest project on fundraising site Kickstarter. Sarkeesian aimed to raise the funds she need to make a series of videos that explored clichéd and stereotypical representations of women in video games, which she did so almost instantaneously – however, her Kickstarter project also got her a whole lot more than funding.
It seems that Sarkeesian’s project hit a raw note with a great many gamers, who felt she was being unfairly critical of certain games and the industry in general. They took to her site making their hostility towards her video series well known. Some of these comments were merely people expressing their opinions about the project, which they are entirely entitled to have. However, it was not long before many of the comments directed at Sarkeesian took on a more sinister tone and became more of a hate campaign than a discussion. Continue Reading