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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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tinyorc
6 years ago

JV:

Yeah, some men will, so social constructs need to be in place to mitigate that, even if those constructs also affect the men who would never act in such a way.

PLEASE GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THESE SUPER NECESSARY SOCIAL CONSTRUCTS I AM DYING TO KNOW AND THERE IS NOT MUCH WINE LEFT

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Ok, I’m going to break all the FHC rules and point out that I personally know men (plural) who have been raped by women.

JV, how do you explain that based entirely on your assfax of “high sex drive causes rape” and “men are the ones with high sex drive”.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@katz:

Oooh ooh ooh, I know! LAWS! And they have the added benefit of not (necessarily) being gender biased!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

JV, and his behavior right here, the attitude that he is demonstrating, is the reason why women don’t hit on every random man they find attractive. Irony!

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@JV:

Again, I never said it applied to all men, just a large enough portion of the population that it needs to be accounted for. And a man commenting that his experience is different than mine is not contradicting me at all.

It is when your only evidence for your claim is personal experience. And those men are contradicting the causal mechanism you are suggesting rather than a simple difference in statistics.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

OTOH, reading creepy sexist bullshit like this does tend to lower my libido temporarily, so maybe it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Macha
Macha
6 years ago

JV: “Men have totally extreme sexual urges! Which need to be CONTROLLED! By masculinity! Which is in no way toxic but good! And why historically gender roles exist, so men don’t rape! Except the very roles assured men could legally rape their wives, but that’s different! Lalalalalala!”

Toxic masculinity in action.
And more misandry than I’ve seen at all feminist meetings I have ever been at combined. The way you talk about men… You could take your sentences elsewhere and talk about chicken like that. Or species of insects.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

You know how anti-feminists are all like “Feminists think men are rapists and that natural masculinity needs to be carefully controlled and regulated, so misandry!”

Maybe they thought JV was a feminist.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Wait, you mean they thought he was feminine? Because those are so similar, it takes a real expert to parse the difference.

titianblue
titianblue
6 years ago

The irony is that, historically, in Europe, women were believed to be the ones with the higher sex drive. There was a lot of handwringing by men about how to control women’s raging libidos and prevent women from indulging in continuous sexy-times.

Along with how to control everything else to do with women, obviously.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@cassandrakitty:

I’ll admit, I basically just tossed a coin between the two. Real esoteric language, those two words.

Actually, absolutely no sarcasm whatsoever, the MRM would totally actually conflate the two.

vaiyt
6 years ago

The irony is that, historically, in Europe, women were believed to be the ones with the higher sex drive. There was a lot of handwringing by men about how to control women’s raging libidos and prevent women from indulging in continuous sexy-times.

In addition to taking facts about human nature out of their ass, JV also lacks historical perspective. Color me surprised.

Shiraz
Shiraz
6 years ago

Then Freud stepped in and tried to control women by comparing them to castrated men –and many Europeans still thought he was a tool. Funny enough, he had more popularity in America. Gosh, isn’t that weird?

Macha
Macha
6 years ago

@Cassandrakitty: Feminist and feminine sound so similar, the first letters are the same! How can you expect MRAs to understand the difference?

They have enough difficulty understanding how adjectives work, or grasping that we can look at previous pages and see what they wrote there.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

The funny thing being that castration doesn’t necessarily remove sex drive, if the lives of the castrato singers are anything to go by.

Fibinachi
6 years ago

Hey tinyorc! Cheers from here in delicious tea. Hope you’re well and good :]

Ahem.

Is that your experience as a man?
‘Cause I’ve got a measure of mind that’s part of my plan
you need to understand, see
it ain’t about toxic masculinity!

What Anita posted, post the wails for the dead
is an affront to my psychology
you bet that if she wanted better relations
instead of vague protestation
she’d offer true demonstration
of her claims sociology
’cause men wanting women is just just flirtation
Every moment of every day across every nation
it’s barest, base anthropology
I offer no apology for my dick’s delight in female physiology!

Anyone’s frustration with lack of satiation
and carnage wrought from a lack of fornication
has no bearing on the topic of masculinity
their expressions of dampened affinity and empathy
is not a male pathology
that’s feminist hatred expressed in purest misandric ideology
your assertions is but mythology
in the face of my renditions of evolutionary biology

Men display aggression! They’re sometimes in formation!
For a given temptation, they’ll often display inflation
and it’s their highest aspiration ( in my estimation)
to have consensual deviation with a member of the female persuasion
That’s what makes manly men, I ken, their noble concentration
on arts of exploration, domination and penetration!

And you might think it a topic of conversation
that these concepts are not a steelclad regulation
remain but vague articulation of my personal opinionurbastion

It’s a construct of artificial speculation?
It’s a claim of biased proclamation?
It’s not borne out by real world observation?
Not all men are slavering manbeasts ready fuck at slightest insinuation?

BUT THAT’S MEN! That’s MASCULINITY!
Haven’t you read a word I’ve got to see?
When you make claims of toxicity
it angers me
for I don’t understand your claims, what are they to be
do you somehow think that mere social iconography
is somehow to fault for our obsession with pornographic anthropophagy?!

It’s just a framework of masculine ecology
their minds in set frames of neurology
that’s why they make our technology
while women just work in deparments of female sociology

If I don’t have a way to make claims of bold motivation
How do I do any reality navigation!?
Without the guiding light of my own male/female segregation
I have no way to other those damn objects of my fascination
I can’t claim they’re different if I’m not a superior phenotypic combination
and how do I then perform feminine degradation!?

IF I had to accept the claims of cooperation
I’d not be a swag example of masculine operation

You can’t fool me, feminists, with words like
“Socially stratified and organized situation”
I’m a man, dammit, I live for propagation
and procreation
it’s my evolutionary right by way of pre-fixed confirmation

( Meanwhile, all the rest of us are laughing at the protestation
and quite aware of the fixation
on endless twisting word ejaculation
I’d offer more concentre faslfication
But both examples of tonights trolls show typical commeration
of binary states – a fabrication
their pretzel logic a haphazard fortification
against considering women more than mere objects of glorification )

Macha
Macha
6 years ago

That is beautiful. *Standing ovation*

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Agreement fallacy, or some shit like that!

I want the ridiculous troll back, he was more fun than creepy boner update dude.

fromafar2013
6 years ago

Ugh, I need to go make food and have tea and a shower and stuff.

Trolls made the work day go faster, so thanks trolls!

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Me too cassandra!

I was going to clean his cage every day, even! Someone make him come back forever!

Shiraz
Shiraz
6 years ago

Cassandra, is “ridiculous troll” the same as “Just a guy asking questions” troll? “Creepy boner update dude” reminds me of this freshman boy back in college that I once humiliated during a sociology class.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

I was even considering putting a little bridge in so he could hide under it.

tinyorc
6 years ago

@Fibinachi:

tinyorc
6 years ago

Ah poop, my embed did not work. Here is happy manul!

Puddleglum
6 years ago

I was even considering putting a little bridge in so he could hide under it.

Lol.

I had more cat pics lined up. Now I have to save them for the next troll.

Puddleglum
6 years ago

Also, much applause for Fibinachi. Power to the poetry!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

We could even stock the bridge with troll treats!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

And now I’m trying to figure out what one would make troll kibble out of.

Fibinachi
6 years ago

Select pieces from the SCUM manifesto

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

Male tears?

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Do trolls need a high protein diet? Maybe we can feed them kibble made of other trolls.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

Whatever it is, it must include toxic waste, like oxygen and water.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

According to “Mike the (White)Knight” it’s turnips.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about MRA Baldrick.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

*pops in*

Did I miss anything exciting?

Oh. Just yucky boners updates.

Pass.

*pops back out*

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Oh for…I mentioned my ladyboners *one time*.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

titianblue! Hi, how’ve you been?

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

OFFICIAL MOD NOTE: being less than polite to people is not really against the rules here, as long as one is not maligning entire minorities. And mocking ignorant, disingenuous misogynists is our favorite sport. The only reason I’m not mocking you more is that I’m at work. I trust our other mod will bring her epic snark to the table soon, though.

Tl;dr no, I’m not gonna yell at anyone for mocking you and it’s hilarious that you thought I’d be on your side.

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

Totally agree. It’s why I qualified it with “in general.” I believe it has to be accounted for. I don’t agree that one’s sex drive is the result of the patriarchy. One’s sex life may be heavily influenced by it, but not one’s sex drive

Sure. It’s not like you’re constantly bombarded by advertisements trying to arouse you in order to sell you stuff. It’s not like women’s clothing and makeup more or less exist to serve the male gaze, and it’s not like you’re conditioned to view our bodies as inherently sexual. Nope, nothing cultural affecting your sex drive at all.

contrapangloss
6 years ago

… I’ve missed some fun today!

Work’s been busy, but the floor’s calmed down a bit. I might need to skim to catch up to the laughing at the evo-fail-troll…

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

I feel bad for engaging with the bonertroll before leaving the house, and egging him on. He turned pretty gross pretty fast.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Eh, he was pretty damn determined to tell us about his bonerfeels, don’t think it took a whole lot of encouragement to get him to go there.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

What I don’t understand is why these guys always think that “men have needs, you know” is going to be some sort of shocking idea that we’ve never heard proposed before.

Fibinachi
6 years ago

Well they’re needs, you know. And feminism is clearly the belief that male sexuality is evil, so they’re just standing up for the right of men to be men.

Right? That’s logical. It’s coherent. It has nothing to do with toxic masculinity

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Also if we admit that women want sex too, then why don’t they want it with me? That might mean there’s something about me, specifically, that they don’t want. How dare you make me consider that possibility you evil harridan?

Nope, it’s just that women aren’t that into sex. That must be it.

Fibinachi
6 years ago

There once was a post about boners
The perspective? Their owners
Sometimes they like what they see
so much so they fill up with glee
Curse women for making them loners!

sarahrocco
6 years ago

These trolls ARE way more entertaining. Dammit, I’ve been all up in the wrong thread. *sigh*

Also I’m like seriously intimidated by you guys and your talent for rhyme. *not worthy*

vaiyt
6 years ago

Do trolls need a high protein diet? Maybe we can feed them kibble made of other trolls.

OF course not. You don’t want them catching Mad Troll Disease. Especially because it’s basically impossible to tell the difference.

GrumpyOldMan
6 years ago

“Also I’m like seriously intimidated by you guys and your talent for rhyme. *not worthy*”

We all contribute in our own ways. If you can’t contribute rhyme, reason will do nicely.