The Good, the Bad, and the Feminist
I hate feminism.
I don’t mean the well-reasoned, equalist feminism. That stuff is awesome. I mean that radical bull aiming to create laws that make it so women have more rights than men. I mean the feminists who hope to resolve some vendetta against men by charging them more for a community event in some misguided attempt to highlight the pay disparity.
Is the goal to hit us back based on gender alone? We’re not all oppressors – I promise. And when did two wrongs start making a right? My bad. I must have missed that memo.
These must be the same women who will use their feminine wiles to manipulate and control the weaker-willed among us or evade traffic tickets by rocking the water works. Weird how we’re sensitive to that, huh? Damn you, hormones and empathy!
That said, there is a whole world of feminists who are doing it right. Anita Sarkeesian, for example, the woman behind FeministFrequency.com.
You’ll find no torches or pitchforks here, ladies and gentleman. She is well researched, reasonable, and levelheaded. She’s an educator first and foremost.
Addressing topics across the spectrum from literature to pop-culture to Legos, Sarkeesian discusses how these things affect our growing culture both subtly and overtly in regards to sexism.
I first heard about her when I happened across her Kickstarter project to fund a series called “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.” Now, bear in mind I’m a huge gaming fanboy. I went in ready for battle, but as I watched her video introduction to what she hopes to accomplish, my reactions progressed as such:
- I will fight you!
- But, but …
- Well, that might be true.
- I hear you. Please, go on.
- Heck yes! You go girl! (I mean woman.)
Then I donated some money and watched a bunch of her videos. Oh, and I’m writing this. Am I a traitor to the wonderful world of gaming? No, not at all. I’m actually supporting an idea that will bring awareness to a slanted tendency of society and possibly aid in the artistic evolution of my favorite medium, attracting more respect toward each of these.
That’s the power of feminism done right. I was swayed to her point-of-view by diplomacy and reason – swayed “against” something I will always side with.
I put the word “against” in quotes there because she is not fighting with or trying to bash on video games. It’s more an effort to enhance the whole of things – for everyone. That should be how feminists work in general.
(I encourage you to watch this video for more on what she’s working toward and how she goes about it.)