This is not the first time a woman has gotten some nasty threats for daring to point out sexism on the internet. But it’s the first time the police have taken the threats against Anita Sarkeesian so seriously. She ran a new series of “Tropes vs. Women” on website Feminist Frequency and got death and rape threats for doing it. Let me repeat that. She pointed out some of the (glaringly obvious) rampant sexism in some popular video games and then many, many disgusting, horrible excuses for human beings then made death threats. And they made terribly explicit rape threats, and then even more threats against her family. Lots of these threats. To the point where even the police, who usually shrugged off such threats and told her there was nothing they could do, told her to leave her home. Because some of these lower-than-the-stuff-pond-scum-won’t-even-feed-off slimy losers posted her address and other personal info and made seriously detailed and horrific threats.
Just read about it here if you want more details. I’m too angry to type any more about it.
And if this doesn’t make you angry, you need to check yourself. Think about whether you would a) want your daughter/wife/mother/female friend exposed to something like this, and b) if you would want any male you are remotely associated with in your life, let alone related to or responsible for raising, to be the kind of person who would post such things. This is not what human beings do. This is what sick, twisted, low-life creatures do. And it happens all the time.
Bravo to Anita for having the bravery to point out sexism, and I pray she is safe today and that they find a way to catch these offenders.
Also, her videos are really good. Watch them all at Feminist Frequency or the first part of “Women as Background Decoration” below.