After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”
The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.
BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?
BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?
The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.
This. Is. Not. OK.
guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons
I cannot get over how important her response is. She calls it a sex crime (which it is). She tells people who viewed her photos that they should “cower with shame” (which many people think she should be doing so she flipped that right around). She recognizes the importance of consent - direct quote: “I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.” She points out that photo leaks are not just “part of the territory” for people in the public eye. And, perhaps most importantly if you ask me, she refuses to apologize because she did nothing wrong. So many actresses who have been victims of photo hacks have apologized because they are pressured to believe they did something wrong, when in actuality the person who shared the photos did something wrong. I think it shows a HUGE step in our culture that celebrities are starting to point out how wrong this trend is.
Also, the fact that this interview was in a magazine where she posed in a typically “sexy” photoshoot on the cover further emphasizes that she can be sexual if she wants and people can see her in that way, but only on HER terms and when she CONSENTS to it.
So much respect for you, Jennifer Lawrence.