Friday, August 29, 2014

mrkjad said: Dear Mr Gaider, I'm very curious what do you think about Anita Sarkeesian's video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" especially since she often speaks about BioWare games.

dgaider:

afaerassumption:

dgaider:

I think they’re quite thought-provoking. While I don’t always agree with her conclusions, I tend to agree more often than not… and, even if I didn’t, I fully support her right to ask these questions even about games on which I’ve worked or which I love.

The guys who defend their vile rhetoric (or outright abuse) regarding Anita with “because I think she’s wrong” clearly never grew out of the kindergarten-level mentality which says the only way to disagree with someone is to punch them in the face.

In fact, now that I consider it, I’ve seen children in kindergarten with better conflict resolution skills, so it’s more likely these guys are just assholes. They feel impotent in every other aspect of their life and are thus desperate to feel manly by lashing out at someone they’ve built up as a villain in their heads… and nobody took them aside in the schoolyard to educate them that hitting a girl is, without question, the least manly thing you can do, no matter what you think she’s done.

Either way, the videos are worth a watch. Those who don’t know about them can catch them on the Feminist Frequency channel here.

Mr. Gaider, to think that you would insult a group of people baselessly and with such vitriol is… greatly disappointing; especially since you’ve been one of my favourite video game writers since I bought Dragon Age Origins. You paint all disagreement with Sarkeesian as bullying, demeaning, disrespectful and baseless.

Sad to say, there were quite a few reactionaries in the early days of her infamy that were bullying and threatening and this is a stain on video game discourse in general. Worse yet it allows people to paint any criticism of Sarkeesian’s information as sexist bullies — much as you hear for just about any criticism leveled against any claim made by any feminist. This constant act of Strawmanning that you just took part in, is a great disservice to honest and reasonable discourse everywhere.

Is some of criticism against her disrespectful? Yes, absolutely; know why? Well, Mr. Gaider you’ve been working on a game where the is a focus on taking action to grow your organization’s influence in the world, so surely you must understand that respect needs to be earned not simply given.

Anita Sarkeesian has given no one any reason to respect her; her cherry-picking of facts and manipulation of information to always make her and her causes look victimized is simply disdainful. I refer you to the video below — in which her work is deconstructed thoroughly and without vitriol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuRSaLZidWI

No one doesn’t support her right to ask her questions, what people take issue with is her spreading of misinformation and her portrayal of everything as victimizing women, and while there most certainly is still some victimization and marginalization of women in media, the idea that it is some all-encompassing, monolithic structure in media anymore is utterly false.

I would also ask you about this statement “and nobody took them aside in the schoolyard to educate them that hitting a girl is, without question, the least many thing you can do, no matter what you think she’s done.” Why is it only ‘hitting a girl’? Should it not be ‘hitting anyone’ — though I disagree that there is never a reason to hit someone, I will agree that out of a philosophical difference is never acceptable — why should that statement only apply to women? Men, women and any non-binary person should all be equally protected from violence. We ought to live in a society where all people are treated equitably; putting such a strong focus on any one group within is, in truth, detrimental to that cause.

In short Mr. Gaider, while you personally do have my respect and admiration, the way you portray any disagreement with Ms. Sarkeesian is entirely assinine and I hope to see some evolution from you on this matter. Thank you for your time.

Oh, please.

I did not portray “any disagreement” with Anita as anything. I said those who use vile rhetoric or outright abuse. Why you’d choose to lump yourself in with those you yourself call a stain on video game discourse, I can’t really imagine. You’re not one of those people? Awesome. You disagree with Anita, and can do so in a respectful manner? Even better.

Because you’re wrong about one thing. Respect does not need to be earned. You shouldn’t have to go out of your way to prove that you deserve to be treated in a respectful manner. Unless you’re confusing respect with admiration, that should be pretty clear.

As for “why is it only hitting a girl?” — come on, man. Seriously? Yes, you are absolutely correct that it’s not okay to hit anyone… but if there are men out there who didn’t figure out at some point that it is indeed worse when their target is a woman then they simply don’t know what it actually means to be a man. Worse, they aren’t listening when a woman says it is not the same as when the situation is reversed. Because it isn’t. I learned that in the schoolyard—why didn’t you?

Friday, July 11, 2014

quentin-tarantulas:

fluthermucken-the-oppressor:

impysrevelation:

ohheyitsshanaj:

fluthermucken-the-oppressor:

impysrevelation:

 This was painful to compile.

"BREAK THE GENDER ROLES!"
"LOOK AT THESE WHINY MEN COMPLAINING! WHAT CRY BABIES! CRY BABY CRY! CRY WHILE I REFILL MY CUP OF MALE TEARS!”
"FEMINISM ISN’T A HATE GROUP!!!11!!!! WE WANT EQUALITY!!!11!!!!"

^^^^

oops that one got edited to MALE WEE lol my bad i did have the right one though. and don’t think that is even the end.

 I came out here to drink male tears and I’m honestly feeling so attacked by 4chan right now.

I came out to pretend that men are monsters and women are oppressed and can do know wrong and I’m honestly feeling so attacked by a group of people who’s morals are higher than mine right now.

women are fearing for their lives and literally being killed for being women and you are complaining about a mug that hurts your stupid feelings?

this is the difference between “sexism against men” and actual sexism:

sexism against men just slightly hurts the feelings of men and then they can go on with their day without any sort of harassment or oppression

meanwhile, actual sexism is killing women

grow up and get your priorities straight

What they said^^^

Pointing to a handful of young women on a social media site sharing a joke in poor taste as proof that OMG FEMINISM IS A LIE is why people don’t take Tumblr criticisms of feminism seriously.

Because feminism isn’t actually about wanting equality for humans of all genders, races, nationalities, orientations and beliefs… it’s about women never ever speaking or acting imperfectly, because the entire concept of equality, being fought for, for decades, by tens of millions of people all over the world, ceases to have any meaning the minute someone makes a bad joke on the Internet.

Oh wait, it doesn’t.

the-icy-sniper:

poppypicklesticks:

kidsdonotlikejazz:

poppypicklesticks:

christyna-c:

fluthermucken-the-oppressor:

impysrevelation:

 This was painful to compile.

"BREAK THE GENDER ROLES!"
"LOOK AT THESE WHINY MEN COMPLAINING! WHAT CRY BABIES! CRY BABY CRY! CRY WHILE I REFILL MY CUP OF MALE TEARS!"
"FEMINISM ISN’T A HATE GROUP!!!11!!!! WE WANT EQUALITY!!!11!!!!"

Ever wonder why people , Roll their eyes at feminists .

"Ugh we need feminism because everybody accuses feminists of hating men! "

Seriously though they go out of their way to reinforce and perpetuate stereotypes and then get booty bothered when people judge them by their own stereotypes. 

I love the white women drinking out of “white male” cups.

That one girl seems to have done it wrong because she’s drinking a man’s urine, apparently.

Daddy doesn’t love any of them 

This is why people don’t take feminism seriously. facepalms

Pointing to a handful of young women on a social media site sharing a joke in poor taste as proof that OMG FEMINISM IS A LIE is why people don’t take Tumblr criticisms of feminism seriously.

Because feminism isn’t actually about wanting equality for humans of all genders, races, nationalities, orientations and beliefs… it’s about women never ever speaking or acting imperfectly, because the entire concept of equality, being fought for, for decades, by tens of millions of people all over the world, ceases to have any meaning the minute someone makes a bad joke on the Internet.

Oh wait, it doesn’t.

quentin-tarantulas:

women are fearing for their lives and literally being killed for being women and you are complaining about a mug that hurts your stupid feelings?

this is the difference between “sexism against men” and actual sexism:

sexism against men just slightly hurts the feelings of men and then they can go on with their day without any sort of harassment or oppression

meanwhile, actual sexism is killing women

grow up and get your priorities straight 

Saturday, June 14, 2014