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Man Boobz Contest: Find the Whiniest, Most Entitled Response to Anita Sarkeesian

From "Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games."
From “Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games.”

So Anita Sarkeesian, who apparently didn’t run off with all her Kickstarter money to found a Misandist Gynarchy in the wilds of Canada, has  released the first video in her Tropes vs Women in Video Games project. (I’ve embedded it below.)

Naturally, this is causing great consternation in certain corners of the Internet (*cough* Reddit *cough cough* everywhere else that misogynistic nerds congregate *cough*). In the Man Boobz forum, Katz has started a contest to see who can find “the whiniest, brattiest, most entitled response” to Sarkeesian’s video on the Internet. So far Katz and Myoo have found a couple classic comments from irate Sarkeeianaphobes:

[H]ow does one go about stating that genders and gender roles are social constructs? I mean is evolution nothing to her? Does the patriarchy make male peacocks dress provocatively?

Yes. Yes it does.

And:

I’m gradually losing respect for the opposite sex. I’ve unfollowed people on tumblr who talk about how great she is, because it actually causes bile to rise in to my throat.

Yeah, that’s a totally reasonable response to a woman making a video about video games.

So anyway, I’m thinking we should bring the contest over here.

See what you can find! Consider it a sort of scavenger hunt.

Here’s my contribution, from the Men’s Rights subreddit, complaining that Damsels in Distress are the truly privileged ones:

mrsarkees

Amazingly, this acutally got called out on r/mr as being pretty damn stupid.

Also, I have another question, to add to the stack of other questions I’ve been asking lately: Just why do you think so many guys get so angry when girls and women invade what they consider a male sphere, like gaming? (Also, why do they consider gaming to belong to boys and men?)

Oh, and here’s the video that’s causing all this hubbub:

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hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

What will happen if all the millions of people who are sick to fucking death of feminism get their means of escapism cut off? Let’s say all computer games get watered down, so instead of being fantasy esacpism, instead they’re politically correct…

Then I guess they’ll have to invest in Reynolds aluminum like you apparently do.

Get over yourself.

Historophilia
Historophilia
8 years ago

@Kitteh, I’m living in York at the moment because I’m at the University of. And I’m studying History so as you can imagine I’m firmly on team York Minster when it comes to Richard III.

We actually had a lecturer have a bit of a rant about in one lecture a few weeks ago. About how Richard would never have wanted to be buried in Leicester. He had very little connection with it, but he was married at York Minster and his son is buried there.

I think Leicester are really hoping to keep him as a tourist attraction, as no offence to Leicester but they haven’t got much else going for them. York however has ALL the history and ALL the pretty buildings medival, victorian and georgian buildings and cobbled streets and city walls.

Basically everyone should visit York because it is gorgeous and full of history. However we do tend to be flooded semi-regularly because the river Ouse (pronounced Ooze) runs through it.

Also we have ALL the ducks and geese. Though they mainly live on the University campus.

katz
8 years ago

Sorry Joe, it’s a nice effort but you’re just going to have to step up your game if you want to win.

cloudiah
8 years ago

Take away the bread and circuses and the mob wakes up.
Look how well that went for the tyrants in North Africa.

So men are a violent mob that needs pacifying with fantasies about killing things or else they’ll actually start killing things.

Wow, First Joe really hates men.

augochlorella
augochlorella
8 years ago

What will happen if all the millions of people who are sick to fucking death of feminism get their means of escapism cut off?

Millions of people? All playing fantasy games to escape feminism? I’ve been playing fantasy games for a while now with people of all genders, but I can’t say I’ve ever heard that reason for gaming before. That’s some pretty crappy gaming motivation right there.

Let’s say all computer games get watered down, so instead of being fantasy esacpism, instead they’re politically correct…

I didn’t know these things were mutually exclusive. So if there’s a fantasy game that doesn’t objectify women or marginalize minority groups, you can’t escape into it? Killing dragons and ancient skeleton warriors just doesn’t have any bite unless you’re allowed to be a prejudiced prick? Methinks you’re less worried about video games being “ruined” and more concerned about being allowed to be an asshat.

Marie
Marie
8 years ago

@the first joe

Take away the bread and circuses and the mob wakes up.
Look how well that went for the tyrants in North Africa.

Ok, someone correct me if I’m wrong, because I don’t know what he’s talking about that happened in North Africa, but it seems kind of skeevy to be comparing something that happened in real life (that I’m assuming was more serious) to the fact he might loose his video game porn.

Viscaria
Viscaria
8 years ago

So I’ve learned my lesson about trying to engage First Joe, who apparently couldn’t be bothered to read the 8 responses left for him in the day between his fist comment and his second.

Pentapus1024
Pentapus1024
8 years ago

@ Do Re: I’ve only been aware of this site and reading it for a couple days now, and have been “enjoying” (not really enjoyable, but interesting, are the articles) myself very much. For the most part, what comments I have read have been fine enough. They haven’t so far seemed to be hijacked by bitter trolls and the like, so that’s good. And the rest of the comments have been more or less thoughtful and such. But what I’m seeing in the comments on this post is pretty disappointing. I’ve gone through four to five pages of comments, scrolled down and scanned each page, and so far, the majority of the comments seem to be a damn conversation about SHOES. Frustrating, but also kind of funny, because it’s such a cliche’! Instead of focusing on the topic at hand, which I find to be extremely interesting and even important, as I am a female gamer and have been since the age of twelve, there’s an extended back and forth about SHOES!!! Grrr.

Now, the reason for the reply being to you is because, in the midst of the mass of shoe-talk, I’ve read a few that so far seem to be you defending yourself against some lady (I assume, I mean, c’mon) who jumped on your case for using the word “female” instead of “woman”, because, to HER, it is too clinical sounding or some such nonsense. Your comments that I’ve read so far seem to be completely polite and sensible. I just scrolled up to read some more to inform myself further for this reply to you and found this:

“No need, I’ll leave, the only thing this place has done is confirm the behaviours the MRA ascribes to women. Don’t worry, I would never tar all women with the brush you provide, but obviously trying to change my ways and all it’s best not to interact with women that perfectly epitomise everything the MRA says about women. If I don’t give you special privileges I’m a misogynist, that’s ridiculous. I just hope less women share this view than the MRA would have you believe.”

That bums me out, but I don’t blame you in the least. I was thinking to myself “Geez, FEMALE, way to be a nitpicky nag and rude this guy out of here!” I would advise you, if you are trying to change your ways (unless you’re a total dickhead, why should you?), please DO NOT pay any mind to this female. I share the same gender as she but other than that I havenothing in common. Such behavior on her part is off-putting and disappointing to me as well. Sadly, yes, she DOES epitomise everything MRAs bitch and moan about, but in my experience, she’s not the norm. She’s the female equivalent of an MRA. Again, from the FEMALE team or whatever, I apologize on her behalf. It really irked me to have some stranger jump all over another stranger about the use of the word FEMALE to describe a FEMALE! SMH. Especially on a site like this, which, at least where the actual articles is concerned, is great for bringing up necessary conversations. Too bad this conversation has had page after page drowning in talk about SHOES. SHOES, people!

No, and MRA jerk didn’t hijack the conversation, but something entirely different BUT JUST AS LAME, did. Sorry, dude. Er, MALE. Sorry entire world! The internet is so often a sad irritation at least.

Jessay (@jessay)
8 years ago

I’m late to the game but youtuber ” Joshua Allan spammed the shit out of the comments section of an (also bad) youtube response of this partner called MrRepzion. I was reading down trying to comment but I kept being bombarded with this nonsense about his boner and PETA. It was so annoying. And I was replied to way too quickly and aggressively with nonsensical replies that I just gave up. But at least I can share this gem with anyone who checks back

Her ENTIRE video is a money making ploy,a scheme,a scam,and sheep like you follow her because it makes you feel like youre part of something. Shes attacking an entire culture,theres people who have gamed their entire lives, and all of a sudden people such as her,PETA,pissed off parents,out of the godamn blue attack games and try to demonize them using slander and lies.All of them can go to hell for all Im concerned.And if you want to be the little sheep and follow her,its your life youre wasting

Label me a sexist, PLEASE. But this woman is an asshole, she cares not about empowering women, NOPE, all she cares about is swaying the weak minded drones so she can turn a fucking dollar at our “the gamers” expense. I’m fucking tired of defending gaming by PETA, angry parents, feminists, because I shouldn’t have to defend gaming, all these people are either fucking loony, or are out to make a profit. I’m not sexist by saying SHE’S AN ASSHOLE AND IS TRYING TO CASH IN WITH HER SHITTY VIDEO.

If my dick getting hard makes me childish, then so be it. At least I have natural reactions to something I like, and not try to suppress my natural human response to things. There’s nothing childish about sexual desire, or playing a video game that reads on the back of it SEXUAL CONTENT the ESRB labels games you know? If somebody doesn’t like sex or violence, then read the fucking label, don’t buy it, and sure as hell don’t fucking attack it when you’re too damn dumb to notice anything about it.

And almost every video game in existence features a don in distress. IT’S EQUAL. While I might get a boner from hot girls in video games, I can go play a game such as Mortal Kombat and play as a female character, and rip the spine out of a male opponent. You preach equality, YET YOU FUCKING IGNORE IT WHEN IT’S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!
Now, you PETA wannabes, go attack something else and waste some other fuckers time with your biased bullshit… JUST GO!!

http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=la9i2np0WTU (find “Joshua Allan” for all 82 of his bizarre comments)

titianblue
titianblue
8 years ago

@Pentapus1024 Bless, did we talked about things that interested us rather than you? OMG, have we let the sisterhood down by talking about SHOES?!

As for the use “females”, go read Feminism101 before accusing one of us of being a “nitpicky nag and rude”.

In other words, weak tone trolling. Try harder.

@Jessay That is a gem – he could have summarised the whole four paragraphs of screed as “waaah, my boner!”

Jessay (@jessay)
8 years ago

@titanblue there was a point where he actually devolved into, and this is a direct quote,

DON IN DISTRESS
DON IN DISTRESS
DON IN DISTRESS
DON IN DISTRESS
(((HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN DAMSEL IN DISTRESS)))

booburry
8 years ago

*delurks for a moment*

It isn`t too hard to imagine a world without video game escapism since there was in fact a world without video games in the not so distant past. What an utterly stupid troll.

Viscaria
Viscaria
8 years ago

@Pentapus1024 (who is probably long gone but eh):

I’ve gone through four to five pages of comments, scrolled down and scanned each page, and so far, the majority of the comments seem to be a damn conversation about SHOES. Frustrating, but also kind of funny, because it’s such a cliche’! Instead of focusing on the topic at hand, which I find to be extremely interesting and even important, as I am a female gamer and have been since the age of twelve, there’s an extended back and forth about SHOES!!! Grrr.

Maybe it’s worth asking yourself why other women talking about shoes and taking pleasure from it bothers you so.

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Hey Pentapus: nice case of Special Snowflake you got there.

and so far, the majority of the comments seem to be a damn conversation about SHOES.

So sorry (not really) the convo isn’t up to your high standards, but this is a community. Too bad you hate to see people getting along.

Perhaps this isn’t the place for you.

historophilia
historophilia
8 years ago

Temple and Arch, Pentapus is a special snowflake.

I suggest that you guy and lie in the sun outside, you’ll melt and leave us all alone.

Speaking of Temple and Arch, has anyone been listening to the radio dramatization of Neverwhere on BBC Radio recently?

Top anyone who hasn’t, I heartily recommend it, the cast is incredible (James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Bernard Cribbens) and the voice acting is brilliant. Benedict Cumberbathc as the Angel Islington and Sophie Okonedo as Hunter are brilliant.

Seriously this cast is just so perfect, I want a TV mini-series with them all.

You can stream it off the BBC website from anywhere in the world so you could all listen to it.

cloudiah
8 years ago

So I’m just remembering that this was a CONTEST, but David doesn’t appear to have declared a WINNER. Harumph.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

Yeah, but you just know the reward was conceptual. Friendship!! (link SFW, despite being Oglaf)

Bagelsan
Bagelsan
8 years ago

historophilia, that sounds AMAZE.

Jessay (@jessay)
8 years ago

This is a pretty funny conclusion to a conversation, This man apparently has an issue with reading comprehension. Oh youtube.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/de2b179db10d0b35dcab25c3f5e05eb4/tumblr_mk8nn42VvZ1qzfyf3o1_500.png

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Shame on us for talking about shoes. If we were as awesome as Pentaprat we wouldn’t need shoes, since snowflakes don’t have feet.

Viscaria
Viscaria
8 years ago

since snowflakes don’t have feet.

Laughed very loud on the bus.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

And shame on us for daring to suggest that calling women “females” is demeaning. Oh, the snowflakism of not needing to be included in the human species if doing so upsets the poor delicate menz!

Historophilia
Historophilia
8 years ago

Bagelsan it is amazing, I have now developed a major voice crush on Sophie Okonedo.

It’s just so… husky…

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Did drive-by troll spend all those words whining about someone saying you use male and female or man and woman, not man and female? Seriously?

Oh right, and shoes, sorry. Should the welcome package include shoes?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

If you give me a budget I will pick out perfect shoes for all newbies.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

I saw the best pair of boots this morning – knee high at least, deep green polished boots, the feet shaped like formal riding boots. Sadly I couldn’t wear them, but they were to die for.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

These are the ones I wear to kick around in when I want to be goth and girly but I don’t want to risk messing up my nice purple suede boots.

http://www.dsw.com/shoe/diba+new+cee+cee+24416+pleated+boot?prodId=195463

Marie
Marie
8 years ago

Since it’s bugging pentapus I figure I’ll talk about shoes too (I think I was talking about them earlier here anyway XD) I just got some nice flats, kind of cute. I saw these amazing heels which were pink with little black bows and sticthing on them but I couldn’t walk in the ;_;

I just went shoe shopping this weekend, so um yay?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Actually I have to thank pentapus and people like her for helping me to fully embrace my femmey tendencies. After a while their internalized misogyny and pathetic begging for scraps of approval from any man who’d listen were so embarrassing to watch that it made me realize how stupid the whole idea that femininity is bad was.

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

Aw man, I’m useless for talking about shoes. 🙁 All my knowledge about them is orthopedic shit, and few people outside that profession care much about THAT.

Though I’m kinda surprised that I somehow missed all this shoe talk from you guys. Thought we were about CATS. Did I miss the Hive Mind newsletter again?

Marie
Marie
8 years ago

@LBT

Apparently 😛 Everyone linked to shoes that are super cute but way to expensive to buy. (some of them were actually probably reasonable, I’m just remembering that pair that was over 1000$. O_o)

Shiraz
Shiraz
8 years ago

The ass-kissing, eeesssh, it’s exhausting to read:

“I share the same gender as she but other than that I havenothing in common. Such behavior on her part is off-putting and disappointing to me as well. Sadly, yes, she DOES epitomise everything MRAs bitch and moan about, but in my experience, she’s not the norm….”

Please stop.

“She’s the female equivalent of an MRA. Again, from the FEMALE team or whatever, I apologize on her behalf.”

Please?

“It really irked me to have some stranger jump all over another stranger about the use of the word FEMALE to describe a FEMALE! SMH.

Oh, look at you letigating the shit out of the “female” thing.

“Especially on a site like this, which, at least where the actual articles is concerned, is great for bringing up necessary conversations. Too bad this conversation has had page after page drowning in talk about SHOES. SHOES, people!”

Um, I know straight guys who like shoes. I know straight guys who like clothes. Are we allowed to talk about jock itch without invoking your disdain? Or baseball? Or whatever else might make a boy slap you on the back and say, “Heh, you’re one of us — you’re not like the rest of THEM.”

*eyeroll*

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

RE: Marie

I admit to having a completely irrational liking for huge clunky motorcycle boots that are absurdly overpriced and probably incredibly uncomfortable to wear.

I CAN’T HELP IT. I GOT BIKER RELATIVES. IT’S INGRAINED. *sobsobsob*

Marie
Marie
8 years ago

@shiraz

Good work on trying to wade through puntapus’s shit stain of a comment. Tbh, I kinda skimmed 😉

@LBT

BUT THOSE BOOTS SOUND SO NICE! (except the uncomfy part) HOW COULD ANYONE NOT LIKE THEM!!!!!

Hehe. You found one of the kinds of shoes I loooooovvvveeee.

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

LBT – we’re about cats AND shoes.

Sometimes they overlap.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

If I saw those on a person irl I’d think I was having a drug flashback.

Viscaria
Viscaria
8 years ago

I’m caught somewhere between “d’aww” and “OH THE HORROR!!”

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Or they overlap like this.

And fuck, I want my drug flashbacks already, they sound so much better than the regular kind! (Those shoes are creepy though, not sure why, but they are)

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

RE: Kittehs

Oh god, those shoes are scary. I thought you’d just be putting up images to pink kitten Mary Janes! (One of my co-students back in high school had a pair. They were quite endearing, though I would never wear them myself. Sneak thought they were cool though.)

Clifford
Clifford
8 years ago

Wow, Sarkeesian’s channel is locked down. Both comments and ratings disabled.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Maybe you missed how she gotta rape and death threats and someone made a damned game with the premise of beating her face bloody? Yes, she locked down her channel, who wouldn’t if it was that or rape and death threats?

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

RE: Argenti

Yeah, can’t say I blame her. Hell, I’m considering turning off comments for Cracks of Sunshine, and I haven’t even been trolled. I’m just getting lots of spambots and am sick of CHEAP NIKES!!!!1

Viscaria
Viscaria
8 years ago

Wow, Sarkeesian’s channel is locked down. Both comments and ratings disabled.

Wow, Clifford! WOOOOOOOOOOW.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

How terrible of her to do that. I guess that justifies another round of death threats, then.

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

RE: CassandraSays

Admittedly, I HAVE encountered someone who just got angrier and angrier the more I didn’t respond to them, but I consider that a rarity. Usually, completely killing comments helps clear things. Cut the fuel from the troll engine, you know?

Clifford
Clifford
8 years ago

So Sarkeesian is apparently unable to respond to incoherent death threats?

Logically, you’d think that it would be a golden opportunity for her to engage the idiots in a debate and beat them, and make herself look good. Instead the comments are disabled. Hmm. Maybe they aren’t so incoherent?

Shiraz
Shiraz
8 years ago

Viscaria, this made me laugh: “Wow, Clifford! WOOOOOOOOOOW.”
Especially if you read it in a snarky teenage voice.

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Logically, Clifford, you should just shut the fuck up.

Shiraz
Shiraz
8 years ago

Cliff, comments like “Die cunt, die” don’t exactly qualify as Jedi debating skills.

Marie
Marie
8 years ago

Clifford, why would anyone want to waste their time responding to a bunch of death threats? Even if it’s not emotionally tiring (which I’d assume it is) there isn’t an argument to be had with people who think you should be dead.

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