I don’t read Jezebel anymore, like… ever. It swings from being totally pro women to obsessing over what celebrities wore to the grammys like a Bi-Polar Feminist fairy. But THIS is awesome, probably the most gratifying thing I’ve read on the topic of sexism. Every time someone asks me to explain objectification, gender politics, or why Anita Sarkeesian isn’t [insert sandwich joke here], I’m going to link this god damn article.
“It’s not black people’s responsibility to be your personal racism tutor, and it’s not women’s responsibility to take your moist little hand and give you a guided tour through the oppressive, old-timey limitations that circumscribe our lives. It is not my responsibility to vet every single one of your stupid rape jokes, and it is not Anita Sarkeesian’s responsibility to prove to you that gaming culture has a misogyny problem while she’s busy processing a bajillion “make me a sandwich, cunt“s from little baby gamer boys.”
As the adult child of an alcoholic that I am, I have a bit of a “I can fix this!” problem. Like if I sit down with someone calmly and politely explain the problem, they will somehow understand. They don’t. They never do, and I’ve come to this conclusion fairly recently. It’s because they don’t want it to be true. I can say with certainty that anyone still trying to discredit Sarkeesian and her project are only doing so out of a desperate attempt to make it untrue. They want her to be wrong, and they’re willing to do some serious jumps in logic to get it. It’s like trying to inject yourself into a debate about whether meat is murder by vehemently demanding proof that cows exist. You’re a little late to the party.
So if you would like to tweet or email me anymore of your theories on why male privilege doesn’t exist and why gaming is a paragon of equality, I only ask that you educate yourself on the topic at hand. Catch up on the last 20 years of established research on sexism and gender politics- then we’ll talk. However, I guarantee once you have, you wont want to yell at me anymore.