Wow, I seem to be writing about this person a lot lately, aren’t I? Well, this time it isn’t so much about her, but what she says. See, in a recent video, she talked about what she believes is “How to Be a Feminist.” True to form, this video is utterly repugnant and finally puts the nail in the coffin of her integrity, because listening to this, it becomes so utterly clear that not only is Anita Sarkeesian against female empowerment, but she is also against lesbian and bisexual women empowerment too. This woman is full of shit, and for the first time, I am wondering how far her act as a con artist goes.
So, I wrote some things. Can I just share this?
You mean Johnny McIntosh wrote them. If you had original thoughts then that would be frightening.
So, how to be a feminist.
This is from you? Hm, I think I know how this works. First, you get in a relationship with a guy who does tele-seminars and teaches you the modern equivalent of Amway. Then you start with a really shitty web series that nobody watched. You find people who give you negative criticism and turn their statements into an endless victimhood complex that you can use to sell to people who otherwise wouldn’t care about what you have to say. After that, you can make tons of money with a Kickstarter campaign, which you never finished or kept any of your promises for. Once all that is done, then you can ask for even more money from people, and they’ll give it to you, because you’ve “earned” it. How’s that sound?
I had to learn how to be a feminist.
And just like that, all of your credibility just dried up. That sure was quick. I mean, how can you come back from that?
So, throughout high school and college, I was involved with clubs, organizing against wars in the Middle East, raising awareness about climate change, and demanding gay and lesbian rights.
Not gonna lie, this is weird. See, my early years in college were much the same. The thing that changed with me was that I was always critical of things, so when I saw the dogmatic structure that was taking over the progressive-left, I shied away from it. I left one religion because of stupid dogma. Why would I get involved with another?
So, I was heavily involved in social justice causes, but I still didn’t call myself a feminist. At the time, I may have even uttered the terrible phrase, ‘I believe in equality, but I’m not a feminist.’ Yeah, not a high point in m life.
Because only feminism can help people, right? It’s not like there are other terms for people who are for equality, right? Oh, snap, I found one – gender egalitarian. Well, that’s awkward.
So, like most people who grew up in the neo-liberal ideology of the West,
Will you stop beginning all your talking points with “So”?! It’s so annoying!
I saw the world largely as a series of individuals making their own individual choices.
Uh-oh! Can’t have that! This is third-wave feminism we’re talking about! If there’s anything that the don’t like, it’s women thinking for themselves.
And here I was, a young woman making my own personal choices about what to wear, what to buy, what to study and what I wanted to do everyday.
Um…what’s the problem there? I’m not seeing the point that I’m sure you’re dragging your ass to get to.
Within that narrow individualistic framework, feminism seemed like a relic of the distant past.
Oh my god! What happened to this woman?! She seemed to understand! Can we go back and get this person here? I bet she’s much more amiable.
Back then, I thought that sexism boiled down to a few bad apples with misguided personal beliefs, born out of ignorance or overt hatred.
I don’t believe it. At one point, this woman got it. For real, she got it! She got that women should be allowed to believe as they want, and that modern sexism was just about increasingly-smaller groups of assholes in places like the Bible Belt and such. What happened to this woman?! I bet that she was loads of fun to be around! I actually want to meet her and maybe go out for a drink and get to know her. Maybe a burger or something.
So, it wasn’t until my early to mid-twenties that I began to realize that my impression about feminism had been completely wrong!
I want a time machine, to keep this from happening. No joke, she went from getting how the world is, to becoming part of a group of people so totally nuts that it is almost laughable.
With the help of some amazing mentors and by reading a lot of feminist writing, especially works of women of color and queer women from around the world.
Because the opinions of white people are just garbage, am I right?! Also, we’ll get to her talking about taking cues from “queer women,” later, when she totally buries herself in her own bullshit.
Once you have a systemic and institutional framework, you see how oppression manifests in man subtle ways under the system of what Belle Hooks calls ‘white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.’
A completely bullshit term. For real, that’s garbage. It sounds really smart, so I’m sure that her Tumblr and Twitter legion of white knights and Anita fanboys who are eager to please senpai are just aching to run to social media and put that out. But yeah, it’s garbage. She thinks that she was given the sunglasses from They Live, when instead she is one of the people who listens to Chancellor Sutler’s broadcasts in V for Vendetta and buys them at face value.
So, (again?!) not only did I have to learn how to be a feminist, but I had to learn how to be a feminist who understands systems.
I think that about sums it up.
I had to learn how systems of oppression are maintained by our participation in them. But they’re also self-perpetuating by the paths of least resistance. And, as such are larger than any one person’s choices.
Yeah, I’m sure that Johnny McIntosh wrote this for you. Only he can have such a long amount of space that says absolutely nothing. I think that end bit is working towards something, though. We’ll see.
Okay, so this is the part where I say things that may ruffle some feathers.
Ooo, good! We finally get to peek behind the mirror and see what Sarkeesian really believes! I’ve been wanting this for a while.
But I think it’s a critical discussion to be had.
We’ll see about that.
Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly worried about the direction that mainstream Internet feminism appears to be headed. At least in the West.
First, Anita, you and your ilk ARE mainstream Internet feminism. There are people like Christian Hoff Sommers who disagree with how things are going, but the incredibly vocal majority online are you and yours. That’s a fact. Second, the Internet is global, you ignorant buffoon.
Unfortunately, many contemporary discourses, in and around feminism, tend to emphasize a form of hyper-individualism.
Because thinking for yourself is so awful!
Which is informed by that neo-liberal worldview.
What’s wrong with women thinking for themselves? All ears, Anita.
More and more, I hear variations on this idea that anything that any woman personally chooses to do is a feminist act. This attitude is often referred to as ‘choice feminism.’
By definition, feminism is about empowering women. If women choose to exercise that empowerment, then yes, it is a “feminist act.” But I’m sure that that doesn’t jive with your hive-mind approach to feminism, does it?
‘Choice feminism’ posets that each individual woman choose what is empowering for herself, which might sound good on the surface, but this concept risks obscuring the bigger picture and larger fundamental goals of the movement.
You hear that, ladies? Your choices are wrong! This woman is going to tell you why they’re wrong! It seems that your choices aren’t helping her movement enough! Well that’s just awful! Your freedom to choose should come secondary to Anita’s ideals! Bow to the hive mentality!
By focusing on individual women, with a very narrow individual notion of empowerment. It erases that reality that some choices that women make have enormous negative impact on other women’s lives.
Serious moment – Anita, who the HELL are you to be able to determine what is the best way for women to be? Straight from the horse’s mouth, Anita Sarkeesian has just said that she knows how women should act, and any women who don’t act a certain way are wrong and need fixing. Am I the only one who sees how unbelievably sexist that is?! I can’t be. I cannot be the only person who gets this! Wow. I just, don’t even know what to say to that. It’s like, how do you respond to a person who has made an argument that they can tell other women what the right way to live and be is? What an ego on this one!
So it’s not enough to feel personally empowered or be personally successful within the oppressive framework of the current system. Even if an individual woman can make patriarchy work for her, it’s still a losing game for the rest of the women on the planet.
The arrogance of this woman is astounding. She just said that if you don’t act in a certain way that she and her ilk approve of, you are wrong and need to change your behavior for their group. They are basically toting the line – if you don’t obey the group-think, then you must be changed. Orwellian doesn’t even come close to how insane that is. Hey White Knights of Sarkeesian-senpai, please tell me how this sits right with you.
The fact of the matter is that some choices have ramifications beyond ourselves, and reinforce harmful patriarch-like of women as a group, and about women’s bodies in our wider shared culture. And because of how systems of oppression intersect and compound one-another, it’s women of color, indigenous women, women living in the global south, women with disabilities, queer women and trans women who bear the brunt of these ramifications.
Here we go! The point where she buried herself beneath her own bullshit. Anita, you have used lesbian and bisexual women as a shield for yourself for years. All the while, you make argument about video games and how they only appeal to straight men. In effect, you cut lesbian and bisexual women out of the conversation about their sexual desires, and you don’t find it at ALL hypocritical that you are now saying that the choices of other women are hurting “queer women”?! The cognitive dissonance is astronomical! You take a shit on the sexual attractions of women, and now claim that OTHER women are working against LB women community. You are scum! You are total and complete scum! It’s not enough for you to exploit them. You are exploiting them and saying that is for their own good. Fuck EVERYTHING about that thought process! And fuck you too! It blows my mind that a bisexual man is the one arguing for the opinions of lesbian and bisexual women, while the straight feminist is pushing them down.
Choice feminism also obscures the fact that women don’t have a real choice!
Bull-shit! That is bullshit! Let me know a choice that men have that women don’t, other than to use the urinal.
We have a very narrow set of predetermined choices within the set of patriarchy.
Let me get this straight – women are both making wrong choices, but have no choice at all. It’s almost like this is total bullshit and you are pulling this straight out of your ass!
Women can choose from a pre-approved palate, but we cannot meaningfully choose liberation.
You know, I’m getting really sick of this kind of rhetoric. It basically says that women in the Western World are some oppressed victim of some vague “patriarchy” that controls everything they do. Do you realize how insulting that it is to the women who have fought for the rights you do have? I guarantee that if the suffragettes of the early-1900s saw the rights that you have now, and the choices that you have now, they would bitch-slap you for this kind of stupidity. Name me a right, any right, that a man has in the Western World, and a woman does not. For real, name me one. Don’t bring up that wage gap. When you correct for things like education and specialty job fields within careers, it all but vanishes. Name one right that man in this country has that a woman does not. If I were to say, “alright, fellow men! I’ve removed social justice feminism from their palate of pre-approved things!” would that suddenly make it go away? No? Then maybe this “patriarchy” that you so cavalierly talk about isn’t a real thing! Maybe it’s just a term that you decided to put up so that you can make excuses for why you suck as a person or are doing poorly in the world. There’s a thought. Here’s another – grow the fuck up!
We cannot choose a way out of our constraints. At least, without eliminating these oppressive systems that limit our options.
The only system that I see here that is limiting women’s options is what you’re talking about, Anita. After all, you are telling women that if they don’t act the way your approve of, they are wrong. But hey, you want a way out? I, as a member of your mythical patriarchy, approve you to leave the Land of Men, to go and establish the feminist utopia. Good luck, skipper.
So when we talk about free choice in today’s world, we’re really talking about a very narrow set of choice that are amenable to patriarchy.
That you can dictate which is right and wrong. Your ego is over 9000!
So, when we talk about how to be a feminist, for me, that means being committed to something much larger than ourselves.
The Hive Mind, with it’s collective un-intelligence.
It’s understanding what role you play in our collective movements for liberation.
What did I tell you?
It’s re-examining our desires and interests and understanding how those are shared by capitali – I’m sorry – often cheated, I don’t know about shared.
With the amount of money you make, I can see why you’d see cheating.
By capitalism, patriarch and white supremacy,
The last two of which don’t exist, here in the real world.
It’s understanding our own intersections of privilege and oppression and how that will fundamentally change our behaviors, attitudes and values. It’s realizing that being a feminist is a life-long learning endeavor and that we will make some mistakes on the way.
I got one right here – people gave you tons of money on Kickstarter, only for you to not only never finish the video series, but to also not fulfill any of your Kickstarter promises. But hey, the defenders of “Anita-senpai” are the ultimate apologists. No amount of evidence will ever persuade them that she is wrong.
Here’s the thing about what Anita had to say – she is so sexist. She is one of the most sexist women I have ever seen. Sexist against women. She can tell women that they are wrong and that not agreeing with her is part of the “patriarchy.” She can use lesbian and bisexual women as a shield, then ignore them in a conversation about their own sexuality, yet claim to fight for them. She will tell women that they have no real choice, but that the choices they do have – they are making the wrong ones. And people ate it up. People buy this. Without a single bit of dissent or argument, people just agree with her. That baffles me. There are women out there who genuinely think that she is right on the money.
Who is it again who is trying to quash women’s expression?
Until next time, a quote,
“For a long time, I had regarded Rachel as representing one end of the continuum of human nature. What all humans would become if the war went on long enough. That perception has guided many of my decisions. An entire race of Rachels – angry, merciless, aggressive, equipped with Yeerk and Andalite technology. It was a terrifying specter.
But perhaps…perhaps I had been wrong. Perhaps the real menace lay at the other end of the continuum, represented by Cassie. Humans who were kinder, softer, well-meaning. And ironically, infinitely more dangerous.” -Ax, Animorphs