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On Friday, Anita Sarkeesian called out "toxic masculinity" on Twitter. Here's what happened next.

Anita Sarkeesian's Twitter notifications (Artist's conception)
Anita Sarkeesian’s Twitter mentions (Artist’s conception)

What a surreal life Anita Sarkeesian must lead, in which virtually everything she says and does becomes grist for the Great Internet Lady Harassment Machine, Sarkeesian Division.

Take the latest blowup, which followed a few comments Sarkeesian made in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Marysville, which may have been triggered by the shooter’s angry response to a romantic breakup. On Friday, Sarkeesian posted a few thoughts on the matter on Twitter:

While it it not literally true that every single mass shooter in history has been male, we are talking about an almost exclusively male club: one recent attempt at crunching the numbers found that 97% of school shooters have been male, and 79% of them white. (The Maryville shooter was Native American.)

In any case, the notion that a crime so heavily associated with men might have something to do with our society’s notions of masculinity isn’t exactly a radical notion. Indeed, it seems rather obvious.

But to Sarkeesian’s many haters, on Twitter and elsewhere, it was as if Sarkeesian had just posted a video of herself drowning puppies. Cue the twitterstorm.

Here are just a selection of the literally hundreds of lovely comments that Sarkeesian had Tweeted at her on Friday and Saturday after making her original comments.

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There were, of course, the explicit threats:

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And the implicit threats:

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And the sexual harassment:

 

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And those who merely expressed their hope that Sarkeesian would kill herself:

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Or die a horrible death:

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Or simply die :

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But not everyone wished violence on her. Some just told her that the threats and/or harassment she’s already getting is totally justified:

 

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(Apparently by “fishing” Mr. de Alba means “expressing an opinion or making an observation.” Also note that the tweets that set off this latest wave of harassment didn’t contain the #GamerGate hashtag. )

Speaking of harassment, we’re just getting started in our chronicle of the latest wave.

Let’s continue with an assortment of Tweets using the c-word, a favorite slur amongst Sarkeesian’s detractors.

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Why, yes, that is Suzanne McCarley, A Voice for Men’s “Assistant Managing Editor” happily adding her voice to the harassment.

Others pulled out the f-word:

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She was called a “bitch.”

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She was called a “whore.”

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She was called a “terrorist.”

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And a Nazi:

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One fellow said that he thought Sarkeesian’s tweets were actually worse than the shooting itself:

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And one even declared her “officially worse than Wil Wheaton,” the former Star Trek:TNG actor who has won mass opprobrium from internet dicks for publicly expressing his belief that people  should not be dicks.

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To add insult to injury, a few reported Sarkeesian herself to Twitter for various imaginary infractions:

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Another asked why she wasn’t in jail for her, er, crimes:

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Just to remind you: these tweets are all from TWO DAYS’ worth of harassment and threats on Twitter. And this isn’t all of them.

At this point anyone who claims that Sarkeesian is “making up” the harassment she gets, or writing it herself, or just the work of a “few trolls,” is either disingenuous or delusional.

I’ll leave the last word to Sarkeesian herself.

EDITED TO ADD:

ATTENTION NEW COMMENTERS! I would like to draw your attention to this bit from my comments policy:

[I]f I’m writing about someone who’s gotten harassed by misogynists on the internet, and you want to talk about how much they deserved it, or what a lying liar they are? Well, fuck you! Your comments go right into the trash.

So take that into consideration. It might save you some time.

CORRECTION: I removed a screenshot of a Tweet that wasn’t threatening but was posted by a troll. See here.

 

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Mary
Mary
6 years ago

It’s like saying “Bloody Mary” in a mirror three times.

Delphi Ote (@delphi_ote)

Do these harassers think there’s no imperfect version of masculinity? I just don’t understand how they can react so strongly to the suggestion that bullying violence is linked to ideas of macho manliness. It seems kind of obvious. Anyone who has ever been bullied should see that dominating others through aggression is socialized and rewarded as manly in our society. Male heroes in all of our culture solve problems through violence. That’s obviously our cultural ideal for men. All of this is as plain as the nose on anyone’s face. How can they have such a problem with this idea?

Oh. Sorry. I see where I went wrong now. I used the word “think.” My bad.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

But don’t forget: IT’S ABOUT ETHICS!!!111one

HCK
HCK
6 years ago

I believe this is my first time posting this here, but here’s a handy visual guide I made for people making Nazi comparisons
http://i.imgur.com/aVOEm24.jpg

NonServiam
6 years ago

You know what, I have a lot of respect for how Anita keeps going in the face of this. I feel like I’m pretty tough, (I can face a full classroom and teach the perfect tenses without anyone resorting to arson), but honestly, I wouldn’t be able to handle that level of harassment.

Tony Bonesarelli
Tony Bonesarelli
6 years ago

Lizzyf620, from the “sexist c*nt” screenshot above (seen in this tweet https://twitter.com/lizzyf620/status/525798575016775680), was interviewed by the Washington Post, where she was labeled someone “who denounced the harassment done in the movement’s name.” The article continues, “Lizzyrf620 said she and other supporters are now quick to report hateful or threatening speech as soon as they see it.”

I don’t have the reach or influence for anyone to see it, but someone who does should point out this contradiction. The Washington Post article is a puff piece glorifying a gentler side to the movement that *does not exist.*

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/10/24/how-some-gamergate-supporters-say-the-controversy-could-stop-in-one-week/

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

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The first rule of misogyny is that women are responsible for what men do.
The second rule of misogyny is that you must not speak of male violence, except to blame women for it.

Scarlettathena
6 years ago

“It’s a mental health issue” = “It’s about ethics in journalism”???
Easy solutions for unthinking people.

Also, Sarkeesian is trying to divert attention to herself by expressing an opinion? or pushing an agenda? or being a demagog (sic, lol)?

Most of the reactions are not worthy of reaction. They are stupid.

What bothers me most, having seen a lot of her work, is the extreme reaction to her mild comments. She is a real academic with real measured language. And her arguments are good, and most of the reactions are like the above tweets.

Faint Praise
Faint Praise
6 years ago

Statistical average of about 30 people die to gun violence (discounting suicide or this almost triples!) in the US each day. Day!

Any reaction to gun violence will always be “milking a tragedy” because this just *is* a tragedy. Sarkeesian might even have withheld her message after this week’s first public shooting, only to have another.

It’s very political to say “don’t be political today.” It tells us our message cannot be voiced when it’s most effective, and for gun violence means it can’t really ever be voiced. US gun politics are such a third rail, and we need more brave leaders willing to talk about it.

Amelia C. Gormley
6 years ago

Reblogged this on The fiction of Amelia C. Gormley and commented:
So, this happened.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

That last tweet almost perfectly encapsulates why that sense of entitlement to women that many men possess is a problem. Yes, @redsteeze, let’s take your bullshit seriously and think this through: you’re saying that women should give men pity relationships (and no doubt pity sex along with it) in order to keep those men from committing murder.

I can see no possible way in which that attitude itself leads to male violence.

NonServiam
6 years ago

HCK – I like that diagram, Can I use it?

tinyorc
6 years ago

Just donated $50 to Feminist Frequency specifically in response to this latest torrent of abuse. Anita is a hero, I have no idea how she stays so strong and calm and steady in response to this bullshit.

HCK
HCK
6 years ago

NonServiam: please share and spread

GigaWalrus
GigaWalrus
6 years ago

I wasn’t mad at the arguments she made, while I disagree with her arguments, she has every right to make them. However, this happened on the day a young woman was killed in a school shooting that Anita was aware of this, it was a big story in the news. I know some may claim it as being “intellectually dishonest,” but I just thought the family should have some time to grieve before their daughters death became politicized.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

Wow. Just wow. If these people think like this on their daily lives, however do the poor dears manage to tie their own shoes? Pretty sure a cat could barf on a keyboard and the argument would be more cogent.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

I see on David’s Twitter that the #Gits have already set their Not All #GamerGaters™ deflector shields to maximum. I swear, the rising and setting of the sun is less predictable than these shitwits.

andiexist
andiexist
6 years ago

…so much horrible. Brain bleach anyone?

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/5b/e3/54/5be35430a781ba4fa718adf5ca5d545a.jpg

Let’s see if this works.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

Thanks, andiexist!

K.R. Syncanna
6 years ago

These people, primarily men, think that speaking against the culture of masculinity is equal to degrading men. They do not see how it is the culture of masculinity that degrades men. The lack of self-awareness could fill chasms.

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

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The first rule of misogyny is that women are responsible for what men do.
The second rule of misogyny is that you must not speak of male violence, except to blame women for it.

This has been said before, but it bears repeating:

So, many of these people would claims that men are inherently superior in intellect and capacity for rational thought than women…
…but then will also exclaim that men “can’t help” but engage in physical and sexual violence in the face of the feminine machinations (or: “not being perpetually sexually accepted by every woman they have ever had an interest in”).

-_-

Yep, makes total sense.

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

Editing: “claim” and “physical, verbal, and sexual violence”.

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

These people, primarily men, think that speaking against the culture of masculinity is equal to degrading men. They do not see how it is the culture of masculinity that degrades men. The lack of self-awareness could fill chasms.

Explaining that takes longer than a blurb. I’m not sure that they’re ready to process that level of nuance.

Athywren
Athywren
6 years ago

Oh no! It’s the attack of the Demigogs! I never thought I’d see the Gogs breaking out of Heroes Of Might & Magic and into the real world, but now they have half-human offspring? Egads!

You believe all men are horrible when there are loads of crazy bitches like you in the world.

It amazes me that people insist on thinking this. It’s almost as if they don’t even bother reading or listening to what’s being said. “Aaaah! You said toxic masculinity! Why do you think masculinity is toxic?!” Blargh.

Sara Flower Kjeldsen
6 years ago

Reblogged this on Girl, Uninterrupted.

kobun37
kobun37
6 years ago

For some reason Anita’s tweets aren’t showing up for me. Anyone know why?

Dizzyofmay
Dizzyofmay
6 years ago

“I’m not violent, and if you accuse me of violence once more, I’ll beat the s**t out of you!”

Danny Adams
Danny Adams
6 years ago

And every day the toxic men prove her right.

Irene
Irene
6 years ago

“I just thought the family should have some time to grieve before their daughters death became politicized.

Their deaths were already in the public arena. That’s the nature of a public shooting. In any case, I don’t suppose the family has time to be reading Sarkeesian’s Twitter feed, which is about her own opinions and not them anyway. And if you think Sarkeesian’s harassers are in any way being respectful of the dead…

enbuenora
enbuenora
6 years ago

Yeah, how come nobody blames toxic feminism for all these continuously occurring shootings and mass shootings of males by jilted or frustrated women oh right because it rarely happens.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

“It’s not hate if it’s justified!” — Every hatemonger EVER.

Also, “demigog” will be my new fave word for these know-nothings. It seems the perfect term for someone who doesn’t even know what a demagogue IS, much less how to spell the word.

Master of the Boot
Master of the Boot
6 years ago

These twitter clowns are like Nazis. They hate everyone who isn’t them, they have no empathy, they’re deeply sexist and racist, they believe logic is for wimps and they worship pure rage

dorabella
dorabella
6 years ago

Kabun37 try disabling AdBlockPlus (if you have it on)

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

I just thought the family should have some time to grieve before their daughters death became politicized.

Funny, but the tweeters who blamed that same girl for the shooting didn’t care what you thought.

Scarlettathena
6 years ago

I’d rather be a demigod than a demigog… being a gog is hard enough! Half of one is impossible!

tinyorc
6 years ago

GigaWalrus:

I wasn’t mad at the arguments she made, while I disagree with her arguments, she has every right to make them. However, this happened on the day a young woman was killed in a school shooting that Anita was aware of this, it was a big story in the news. I know some may claim it as being “intellectually dishonest,” but I just thought the family should have some time to grieve before their daughters death became politicized.

This is classic deflection. We hear this excuse literally EVERY SINGLE TIME a man decides to go on a shooting spree. We heard it with Elliot Rodger, we heard it with Adam Lanza, we’re STILL hearing it about Marc Lépine over twenty years after the fact. It doesn’t matter if we speak out a day or a week or a year after the shooting, we will still being told that trying to figure out WHY this keeps happening is “politicizing” the issue.

We’re told that pointing out clear patterns of misogyny, entitlement and toxic masculinity is somehow interfering with the grieving process of a family who are also trying to figure out why their loved one was fucking murdered. We’re told that we should just wring our hands in silence every time something like this happens, because to speaking out about the reasons (beyond the nice safe red herring of “mental health issues” of course) would be somehow “disrespectful” the victims and their families. And while we’re waiting for the appropriate time to speak up, another sad angry young man gets his hands on a gun and the same thing happens all over again and we’re told to sit down and shut up, because it’s still not the time to have a conversation about toxic masculinity. And nothing ever changes.

So no, fuck this noise. Anita Sarkeesian tweeting pointing out a blindingly obvious similarity between school shootings is not detracting from the grief of the family who have never heard of her.

Mike Baker (@Mikebaker733t)

She’s commentating from a point-of-view of feminism. This is fine. I have no problem with feminist majors that speak on topics from their field’s perspective.

My issue with Sarkeesian’s comments were:
a) the perceived insensitivity to the victims and their families: considering how often she is taken out of context and reframed, you would think that Sarkeesian would be more sensitive of reframing a tragedy like this on the day that it happened.
b) Reframing this in her position of fame could have negative effects, especially on the day it occurred. I followed her tweets hoping that she would mention mental-health problems. Shootings in America may in fact have a lot to do with masculinity, but rational, mentally healthy men don’t shoot people because a woman turns them down. There is no evidence that misogyny is a mental-illness but a product of cultural-norms. Reframing this in her position of fame could have negative effects.

As I said, she has every right to say what she said. If #gamergate was really about “shitty journalism” some of these comments should never have existed. I’m not a supporter of GG, never will be. Sarkeesian, to an outsider and someone who disagrees with her use of negative language connotations, made a mistake by reframing this as a cultural issue when it may be more likely a psychological issue.

becausescience
becausescience
6 years ago

These twitter clowns are like Nazis. They hate everyone who isn’t them, they have no empathy, they’re deeply sexist and racist, they believe logic is for wimps and they worship pure rage

I mean, a lot of anti-feminists are actual, literal nazis, or nazi sympathizers, as in, for real. Weev being a recent example. So yeah, a woman said something = feminists are worse than nazis. But having actual nazis & white supremacists & other ultra rightwing extremists on your side = A-OK.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Anita Sarkeesian is nothing like Adolf Hitler. On the other hand, that “Turk Man” who dissed her is a lot like those who perpetrated the Armenian Genocide.

The one we’re STILL not allowed to talk about after all this time.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

I’d rather be a demigod than a demigog… being a gog is hard enough! Half of one is impossible!

I don’t know what gogs are, but I’d rather be half of one than a magog.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

You believe all men are horrible when there are loads of crazy bitches like you in the world.

Yes, horrible person, please do go on telling Anita what she thinks. After all, you know it so much better than she does!

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

but I just thought the family should have some time to grieve before their daughters death became politicized.

You’re an idiot if you think that talking about the misogyny that led to this murder is “politicizing” the murder, but the misogyny itself is not political. The only “political” act is talking about it, in this view, not having it or acting on it.

Fool.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago

HCK, have a welcome package!

http://artistryforfeminismandkittens.wordpress.com/the-official-man-boobz-complimentary-welcome-package/

@PoM,

Somehow I think the asshat who shat out that tweet would still rage at the idea that women should be owed any acknowledgement for any ‘good behaviour’ on the part of men (if you can call not shooting people good behaviour. Which I sense he might). The decision not to commit heinous acts of violence would clearly be due to men’s inherent moral and intellectual superiority and all credit automatically goes to them in a shower of congratulatory cookies. Women are clearly responsible, however, when they do. To me this asshat’s horrible, horrible message translates as women don’t keep men from shooting people, women make them.

Ugh, now I feel bad in the head. Must look at tiny kitten.

becausescience
becausescience
6 years ago

This is classic deflection. We hear this excuse literally EVERY SINGLE TIME a man decides to go on a shooting spree. We heard it with Elliot Rodger, we heard it with Adam Lanza, we’re STILL hearing it about Marc Lépine over twenty years after the fact. It doesn’t matter if we speak out a day or a week or a year after the shooting, we will still being told that trying to figure out WHY this keeps happening is “politicizing” the issue.

Given the frequency with which people are shot to death in the US, any given day will be “not the right time” to talk about it, because some family somewhere will be grieving the loss of a loved one who was shot. Not talking about it leads to not doing anything about it, which allows the cycle to continue. IMO seeking to understand the problem and develop effective interventions to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future is far more respectful to the victims and their families than waiting for the “right time to talk about it”, which never seems to come.

Scarlettathena
6 years ago

People are accused of “politicizing” an issue when they state an unwelcome opinion.

It doesn’t even matter if really policy is involved. If some poor white cis het male has to rethink the messages culture has fed him, you are “politicizing”.

I’m really tired of this accusation because it makes it impossible to get anything done. It’s like tone policing. We can’t actually discuss the real issue because we’re too busy discussing how we should be discussing.

and @ Bina: I don’t know what gogs are either, but it’s funny to imagine

bbz
bbz
6 years ago

Gogs are little blue-and-white porcelain dogs. Demigogs are their puppies.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

The corporate media was at the church shoving microphones into children’s faces to get the scoop on how it felt to be a bystander in the latest school massacre.
But now is not a good time to talk about male violence. The corporate media sure as hell won’t. They just kept asking the kids questions till they got the ONE they wanted and spent the rest of the day claiming it was over a girl.
But women shouldn’t talk about male violence cuz it is in our face right now. Wait till later.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

I’m really tired of this accusation because it makes it impossible to get anything done.

I’m not tired of the accusation. I’m tired of people acting as though it is settled fact that “politicizing” something is bad.

Most things that occur that make the news either are intrinsically political, or are closely connected to things that are intrinsically political. Most everything that isn’t a simple human-interest puff piece is going to be, at most, one degree of separation from politics.

This murder? Intrinsically political. The act of taking out a gun and shooting someone is a political act. It is a message: “I have the power to harm you and I’m going to prove it.” Anything dealing with power is political, intrinsically, inextricably.

Is Sarkeesian politicizing this? No, she is just pointing out the politics that are already baked into this story. Accusing her of “politicizing” this murder is done in an attempt to silence that march of facts. It’s done by people who benefit from the current power structure and know that they can only lose when that structure is questioned.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Gogs are little blue-and-white porcelain dogs. Demigogs are their puppies.

Oooo, that sounds cute. Pity there’s no room in my place for kitsch, or I’d be out right now buying some.

But women shouldn’t talk about male violence cuz it is in our face right now. Wait till later.

Because misogyny isn’t political, don’tcha know? We were told as much 25 whole damn years ago this year, when Marc Lépine deliberately singled out the women for death when he shot up that college…

Of course, being an uppity university feminist at the time, I didn’t listen and went right on talking about it. So did the women who helped bring about the long-gun registry, the same our very misogynous SupposiTory gummint recently scrapped.

In light of what happened in Ottawa a couple days ago, they would do well to rethink all that.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

This murder? Intrinsically political. The act of taking out a gun and shooting someone is a political act. It is a message: “I have the power to harm you and I’m going to prove it.” Anything dealing with power is political, intrinsically, inextricably.

QFGDT.

Moreover, pulling out a gun is saying “I have the power to KILL you, and if I can, I WILL.” And they want us to believe that such an act is NOT inherently political? All this bullshit about “don’t politicize this, don’t politicize that” is just another way of saying “I don’t want to think about the inherent politics of this, because then I might have to actually DO something about it.” Heaven forfend that any of them should risk their necks to change something until the corpse lands on their own doorsteps. And maybe not even then.

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