» ‘Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist’

Adi Robertson for The Verge:

Since the project launched on Kickstarter way back in 2012, the gaming community has been treated to an incessant, deeply paranoid campaign against Tropes vs. Women generally and Sarkeesian personally. This includes a flood of violent comments and emails, videos documenting ways in which she’s not a “real gamer,” a game in which you can punch her in the face, and a proposed documentary devoted to exposing the “lies” and “campaign of misinformation” from what is, again, a collection of opinions about video games.

I posted a sarcastic tweet about these people in which I included Anita Sarkeesian’s handle and was immediately concern trolled by someone. Think about that: there are people out there checking every reference to her Twitter handle to argue that she’s wrong, that misogyny in games is clearly false because sometimes women are the heroes so that makes up for all the times they’re raped or murdered in a sexual context.

If you’d like to, you can contribute to her series here. I did.