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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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GrumpyOldMan
6 years ago

By the way, it seemed to me that the major issue with t1oracle is that he equated “maleness” with “masculinity” and seemed to seriously believe that gender roles were biological and not cultural constructs. If you believe that “masculinity” is determined by biological sex, then I suppose “toxic masculinity” is an insult — you can’t be condemned for what you have no control over. Now I myself seem to have a rather extreme position in this group — I tend to believe that most if not all of what is traditionally considered masculinity is toxic and destructive. I would say the same about what is traditionally called femininity.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

I hope this doesn’t wind up too big.

http://imgur.com/ldnu78A

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

@tinyorc

Honestly, I’ve been for spoiled for trolls. If they don’t have a house DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH, I’m just not interested.

Same here. Mikey’s definitely going to be Troll of the Year at this rate.

@katz, love that dunny wall haiku, and your new gravatar. 🙂

@cassandra

Oh oh! Spiders. Please explain how male spiders express their masculinity.

By being EATEN bwahahahahaha!

@trollacle:

I would hope that you do, and include the context in which they were originally written. Although I can certainly understand if you find the task daunting as there is an incredible amount of text. Regardless, I am trying and I hope that you see this.

I’m a mod here too, and am reading your comments, and there’s nothing civil, let alone intelligent or worth reading, in any of them. You’re just a bog-standard troll with more than the usual allotment of stupidity. You don’t get to call the shots and you’re wasting your time trying to call regulars here trolls. Keep up with the personal attacks and you’ll get yourself banned.

marinerachel
6 years ago

Sometimes when I’m eating Cheetos and drinking wine from a box I just read comments from posters like JV and laugh a lot until I pass out.

sarahrocco
6 years ago

Thanks, Grumpy ^_^

I’m not with you on the traits themselves being destructive, I think it just gets destructive when people try to pretend that everyone doesn’t have all of them, to some degree.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Okay, I’ve seen this typo multiple times in this thread and my inner proof-reader needs to make a PSA:

It’s rein in, not reign in. It’s about riding, not monarchs.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Geez, I dunno, you kids always wanting to adopt trolls. You know they just yowl all night if they’re kept in a cage, they won’t stay under the bridge, they just break into the house and shit all over the carpet. Then they whine when you don’t pet them and feed them all day long. No, no, we’re not adopting any more, sorry, just no.

Plus there aren’t enough vaccines in the world to deal with all the cooties they’re carrying.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

What if we promise to feed them to John the vampire if they won’t behave? I feel that this would aid in the training process.

sarahrocco
6 years ago

Cassandra, I don’t know, trolls tend to feed off each other.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

We could sell tickets. I mean, David has hosting fees to pay, they might as well make themselves useful.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Well, a staged fight between John the vampire and the trolls might be good, but what if he won and ended up stronger? That would be no fun at all.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Troll versus vampire sounds like a bad SyFi original movie. They should make it. It could be the next Sharknado.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

If only the trolls of yore were still around we could one day aspire to Deep Blue Sea levels of awesomely crap monster movies.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Aw but kitteh I’m *certain* that Terminator troll (I need hom to sound a little bit cool mmmmmk/) is not cootie infested…stupidity builds immunity. And I’ll make him wear the ball gag every night!

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Wow that’s a lot of typo’s even for this time of night.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Yeah but Shaun, *you* have to change his litter (or his nappies, given I don’t think he’s house-trained). I’m not doing it!

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

I’ll just sell it as fertilizer. That’ll pay for his feed and all his toys.

Although I might make more if I find the tanners…this will require some planning.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

LOL!

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

I sadly read the bit that the terminator troll has a wife. But then I thought that maybe he uses the vacuum to inflate her, and then I felt less bad for her.

Question: who cleans the sex dolls of MGTOW? I have bad thoughts in my head and they won’t go. 🙁

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

I recall a video of some dude doing it himself with a brush on a stick that looked a bit like one you’d clean a toilet with? Which is an excellent metaphor for what they think of ladybits in general, really.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

I think the MGTOW’ers are waiting for self cleaning sexbots who also do the laundry.

Can we keep his wife, too? She can have her own room and all the bonbons! And I will make her a blanket with love!

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Actually I will make it with yarn, but I will inject love (not the liquid fucking gold corollary kind the emotional good kind just to be clear because no matter how I say it after the sex doll comment it’s all creepy and wrong now) into every twist.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago

Dammit, has t1oracle gone now? Did they not get enough attention after JV swanned in and waxed lyrical about his boner? Still never gave me a satisfactory answer to the seahorse question *scowls*. Oh well, the seahorse memes and links are awesome.

Both t1oracle and JV are infinitely better than Creepy John. Yeesh.

Question: who cleans the sex dolls of MGTOW? I have bad thoughts in my head and they won’t go.

Straight out of your head into mine. Thanks. I remember a time when that thought was not there…

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

If I use my feminine wiles to steal his wife away from him I get extra misandry points for that, right?

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

cassandra, yes, and I will lose my title if you continue to misander this well. *steps up game*

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

Leave him a little love package of scented fucking candles to remember her by. 🙂

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Not the good candles, though, the ones we got as gifts and thought they smelled funny.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Great. Just great. Now the only way I can retain my title as President and Dictator Misandrist for Life is to bathe in the blood of slaughtered men. And when you slaughter too many even a quite large tub will overflow and my cleaning staff are union. Thanks cassandra.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Well, I have many years of misandering practice. With time your skills will improve, young padwan.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ Puddleglum –

OMG, you mean Aslan is also an owl???? Heresy!

And now I cannot unsee the owl.

I know this is late, so sorry everyone – I can’t see Aslan! I can see the owl, now that you’ve mentioned it, but mostly I see a chipmunk eating a potato chip. My brain is broken, isn’t it?

titianblue
titianblue
6 years ago

Hi, Kittehs, *waves*.

Been pretty good, thanks. Just found all the misogyny was getting me down for a while so took to lurking occasionally ’til my sense of humour reasserted itself.

And yourself and Mr K?

PS. Am I the only one who somehow reads “Mr K” as “Mr King” rather than “Mr Kittehs”? 😉

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

It gets like that sometimes, doesn’t it? I haven’t been that active on the blog either, mostly because I’ve no investment in gaming and that’s very much the main news at the moment. Glad to see you back here, though, and hope you’re feeling refreshed.

Mr K and I are good! Nothing much to report along those lines, but all’s well.

Mr King reminds me of how George III and Queen Charlotte called each other Mr King and Mrs King. I like it. 🙂

Falconer
6 years ago

How many of those crappy “vilify masculinity” signs have I seen today?

http://media.tumblr.com/7f9e6607b705f4917303e2bc1d24955e/tumblr_inline_n7e8u519XD1rfrhvr.gif

Newt
Newt
6 years ago

@Falconer: MRA strawman illustrated by Horns of Nimon gif? I love you guys. Will catch up on 3 days of t1awful in due course.

strivingally
6 years ago

I can’t wait to see the gamebros lose thier shit over this. 😀

https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/527601124992638976

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

No way.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

Hee Hee Ha Ha and as we used to say back in the day Hardy Har Har!

Puddleglum
6 years ago

@grumpyoldnurse, I tried really hard to see the squirrel, but the owl kept glaring at me, so I stopped.

@strivingally, ooooooh…..!!!!

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ Puddleglum – is OK. The owl probably ate it. Also, I suspect my brain might really be broken, as I really can’t see Aslan.

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

The shtik about masculinity reminded me – an old college friend visited me a while back. After meeting my husband and our two sons, she has since referred to my ‘overwhemingly masculine household’ with amusement. Apparently, heterosexuality is not a prerequisite to masculinity.

A while back, our older son (despite having not seen the movie) referenced the ‘This is Sparta!’ meme. I assured him that, by contemporary standards, he WAS in Sparta. He has since, after seeing the movie, commented on how it would have been nice if the Spartans could have been great warriors without being such buttheads.

Falconer
6 years ago

@Newt: That serial never gets old. It’s just so awesomely cheesy, Nimon be praised!

contrapangloss
6 years ago

So, still catching up on troll in thread, because work got busy and I just got back to it. Did he seriously issue a math challenge!

I LOVE MATH CHALLENGES!

After Calc 3, it suddenly gets really, really hard to decide which type of advanced mathematics is actually the most advanced mathematics, so his “Show me your problem and I’ll show you mine” is kind of silly at the outset. I know some people who are fabulous mathematicians and far smarter than I, but I can run circles around them in geometric applications.

Nevertheless, since he seemed to have the most problems with logic, we’ll start with a “simple” proofs exercise. Proofs are the foundation of pretty much all theoretical mathematics, and the proofs course is generally about midway through any undergraduate mathematics program.

Hey, let’s even be snarkier! Let’s specifically deal with equivalence relations. Bwahahaha.

Troll, if thou still be lurking… despite probably having been banhammered by now since I’m still 3 pages back in comments… your problem is thus:

Prove the following:

Suppose A is a set and F is a partition of A. Let R = UX ∈ F(X x X). Then R is an equivalence relation on A. (Specifically, R is the equivalence relation determined by F)

(crosses fingers and hopes that my meager html-ing skills don’t bork the “is an element” sign or the subscripts…)

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Well, bork the subscript. And the italics.

X ∈ F should be subscripty.

Fibinachi
6 years ago

I’m just going to write another poem and not think too hard about that one, because I understand the words, but not what it means.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ Fibinachi

Silly little troll
Pooping on-line because troll
Can’t grok adjectives

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Hahahaha! Apparently we’re at the “All you need to know evolution is Wikipedia!” and the “Wiki-GOTCHA” phase.

Why did I waste all those hours in my senior year taking that class! It’s as simple as a wikipedia quote! REPRODUCTION REIGNS AND MUTATIONS ARE IRRELEVANT! NATURAL SELECTION IS ALL OF EVOLUTION! THERE CAN BE NO EVOLUTION WITHOUT NATURAL SELECTION! GENETIC DRIFT IS TOTALLY NOT A THING! OR ANYTHING ELSE! IT’S ALL NATURAL SELECTION AND REPRODUCTION, BABY!

…eh-hem. Sorry, lost myself in troll dearests flails.

This thread is so amusing. I’m so many pages behind though.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I just watched Anita Sarkeesian on the Colbert Report. Oh how I delighted in the misandry! I look forward to the gamergater rage tears and wanks that will be forthcoming.

strivingally
6 years ago

How was it, WWTH? I live in Oz and we’re not likely to get it here for a few days at least.

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

@strivingally

No need to wait, it’s been uploaded already.

The #Gits are flipping the hell out out; equal parts denial, cries of “Sellout! Boycott!” and crises of faith. It’s glorious.

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

*Sans one of the outs. Not sure how that happened. =P