So, I’ll let everyone else talk about what it means that Anita Sarkeesian was on “The Colbert Report” to talk about GamerGate last night, because while I think it’s a newsworthy topic and she’s certainly the most reputable person to talk to about it, I just can’t with GamerGate anymore.
Here’s why. The most interesting reaction that I’ve seen to Sarkeesian’s Colbert Report appearance is this:
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It’s been two months, and just when it seemed like #GamerGate might be waning off, participants in the movement — essentially a bunch of hardcore gaming “purists” losing their shit over criticisms of rampant misogyny in the gaming community and in games themselves — threatened developer Brianna Wu out of her house and forced writer/critic/vlogger Anita Sarkeesian to cancel a speaking event at Utah State. Of course, it hasn’t been waning off for women and men in the tech industry who have been harassed for voicing their skepticism about the motives of #GamerGate and their ongoing discontent with the sexism in tech that #GamerGate has proven itself to espouse.
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So it turns out Siskel and Ebert were cool as fuck: In this 1980 episode, they address the rash of exploitation horror movies released in the very late 70s and early 80s – and continued through the 80s — that used violence against women as the foundation for the film. I love the horror genre, and I’ve seen almost every single one of the movies that they mention in the course of the 30 total minutes of their “Women In Danger” episode, and I can verify everything they’re saying. Keep reading »