Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 12/23/2015

Why These Activists Created A Guide To Fighting Online Harassment

Far too many women experience online harassment.

Though plenty have tried to minimize the experience for years, online harassment is a serious issue and blatant evidence of persistent sexism. It’s widespread one, too: 25% of young women online have been sexually harassed and 26% have experienced stalking on the internet, according to a recent Pew study and another study found that 70% of the people who reported severe online harassment between 2000 and 2013 were women.
Now more than ever, though, courageous women are speaking out about their experiences and trying to put an end to this problem once and for all — including women like activists Anita Sarkeesian, Renee Bracey Sherman, and Jaclyn Friedman. This trio recently contributed to the movement by teaming up to create “Speak Up

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/3/2015

The Truth About Gamergate and Online Harassment

“GTFO” directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson

Despite composing the majority of video game players, women are frequently attacked within the gaming community. Though it has persisted for years, this horrifying treatment entered the public consciousness in a largely unprecedented way a year ago with the rise of Gamergate.

“Gamergate,” is “ostensibly concerned with ethics in game journalism and with protecting the ‘gamer’ identity” but in actuality “isn’t much more than a tone-deaf rabble of angry obsessives with a misguided understanding of journalistic ethics,” according to Gawker. Specifically, public female figures in the gaming community — like Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu among others — received rape and death threats and some were even driven from their homes. And the harassment has hardly abated in the intervening months.

“The …

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Feminism | Posted by Tessa M on 07/4/2012

Straw Feminism

Anita Sarkeesian on Straw Feminism

I recently came across the concept of “Straw Feminism.” Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency defines the Straw feminist as “a trope that is a deliberately created, exaggerated caricature of a feminist that is used to undermine and ridicule feminist movements.” Straw feminism is probably the main factor behind why many people associate feminism with crazy, radical, militant women, fighting against sexism and inequality that really doesn’t exist.

I know Straw Feminism works because it worked on me. For a long time this was my exact opinion of Feminism. But the thing is, I grew up idolizing a lot of really awesome female characters from some really awesome shows. I mean, my friends and I were constantly playing some variation of Xena: Warrior –Moon-Princess-who-also-slays-vampires-while-wearing-a-yellow-Ball-gown-because-Bell-is-the-best-Disney-princess …

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