Public women, online harassment: Anita Sarkeesian and Megan Leslie speak out
iPolitics - almost 2 years
Anita Sarkeesian has received next-level online hate — including rape, death and bomb threats — and, as she says, been “made into something of a folk demon by some very angry men.”
She was also recently named one of TIME’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.
The online hatred part of that equation has happened because Sarkeesian is a woman who expresses critical thoughts about how women are portrayed in video games.
“They have figuratively and literally concluded that I’m some kind of Disney villain who is personally responsible for the on-going changes in the gaming industry,” said Sarkeesian.
She has been near the centre of the Gamergate controversy for the last two years. The perpetrators attack her online. They’ve vandalized her Wikipedia page with degrading slurs, sent her pictures of herself being sexually assaulted and signed her up for porn sites. They’ve created an online game titled Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian. They’ve reported her repeatedly to the FBI and IRS.