Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Blogger, Sparks Sexist Twitter Troll-A-Thon With Xbox One Observation

Twitter Trolls Take Aim At Feminist Blogger

The launch of the Xbox One has offered a parade of needless disappointments: a higher-than competition price tag, a potentially restrictive game-trading policy, and yeah, even a truly stupid, rape-insinuating joke.

But the let-downs didn't stop there.

Feminist Frequency blogger Anita Sarkeesian took issue with the fact that none of the games unveiled at Microsoft's Xbox One E3 press conference featured a female protagonist.

Although there were a few exceptions, the overwhelming response to her tweet was negative, scathing and blatantly sexist.

(WARNING: NSFW language follows)

Here's one of several free-market justifications of sexism in video games:

Here's one of several reproaches that are straight out of 1950:

Here's the dumbest, most reprehensible response of them all:

@femfreq You are one dumb cunt, I mean that sincerely from the bottom of my heart.

— Stephen Ayres (@Triosem) June 10, 2013

You get the idea. Here are the rest.

Below is a word cloud of all the responses Sarkeesian posted to Feminist Frequency's Tumblr. And the details aren't pretty.

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"This is ... a window into what it’s like to be a female video game critic on twitter," Sarkeesian wrote in her post.

Gamers, it's 2013. As IGN pointed out in its defense of Sarkeesian's work, video games reach more people now than they ever have, so the question of sexism in games deserves to be discussed.

Without taking sides on the issue, one good example of said discussion is Danimalcart's Kotaku op-ed, in which he supports Sarkeesian's intentions but takes issues with her methods, as well as the media's coverage of the backlash against her.

Perhaps Twitter isn't the best forum for discussing feminism... or anything, really. But suffice it to say that turning to blatant sexism isn't the most constructive way to get one's opinion across.

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