My Take on Sarkeesian (or, How Dishonesty is a Great Marketing Tactic)

The case of Anita Sarkeesian has been very interesting to me, both as a gamer and a gaymer. She has been one of the influential figures to change my mind about mainstream Feminism: In the past, especially when still living in Iran, I did not have a negative opinion on Feminist ideas. If anything my thoughts were mostly positive. After watching Sarkeesian’s videos, listening to Feminist colleagues at work, reading some Feminist outlets, and what went on with #GamerGate, my ideas shifted dramatically to consider the current mainstream Feminism in the media as one of the enemies of reason in this day and age.

The Case Against Sarkeesian’s Views

Terrible arguments: Simply put, Sarkeesian’s “criticisms” of the role of women in video games is a none-argument, and therefore baseless. Looking at the first 3 videos of her “Tropes vs. Women” series, she usually starts by naming many games that use some form of the “damsel in distress” cliche, and at the end makes a conclusion in the lines of “Women are disempowered [or killed, shown provocatively etc.] in these game, and this has larger ramifications in the society”.

This just simply does not follow that. If after 85% of one’s video [essay, book] has passed, one still cannot answer the question “So what?” in a conclusion derived coherently from what one has put forward, then one has failed tremendously as a thinker. Moreover, this conclusion is about real people in real world, and must be backed up by hard data, something Ms. Sarkeesian has failed to do entirely. Instead, her video goes something like: “These fictional characters this, therefore real women that”. Absolute garbage.

Greatest propaganda campaign of the decade?: Imagine a political figure or generally a follower of a particular ideology, giving a speech in front of a crowd of people. Say, just as an example, a Fascist speaking to a crowd of Jewish people. Now, being a good Fascist, he (or she) will not hesitate to say something in the lines of: “Jews are responsible for much of the violence in the world! They were responsible for both world wars!” I think we can all agree that the crowd will not show much sympathy for the speaker, first they will loudly object, then they will shout at him, and finally send him home by throwing eggs and tomatoes at his head.

It is fair to assume that our good fascist will run back to his skinhead friends covered in eggs, take some pictures and publish them in the media that happens to agree with him, and claim: “I was right about all the Jews! They are scum of the earth and these pictures prove my point!”

The illogical step is taken when one claims that the reaction of a certain group to one’s claims prove their point. This simply cannot be always true: An argument must be presented with evidence and good assumptions, and must be defended as such.

Now enter Ms. Sarkeesian. Numerous people criticized her videos, especially and specifically on YouTube, the place which she put her videos herself. Many of these videos were harsh, but many had great points and arguments to make [Thunderf00t, KiteTales are two examples out of hundreds]. How many of these videos did she mention, responded to, or discussed directly? The answer is none. How many of her critics did she ever mention, or debate? None. To my knowledge she has never, ever, engaged with any of her critics. Instead, in any speech she has given afterwards, she deliberately brings up abusive or troll comments.

Why is that? Is it because she wishes to pretend as if there is no legitimate criticism of her series? Is it because she wishes to pretend she is right about “sexism in the gaming industry” while she presents a carefully handpicked selection of insulting or troll comments irrelevant to her argument? Perhaps she genuinely believe her own crap. I am not sure.

I am not suggesting Ms. Sarkeesian is a Fascist, but she is great at her propaganda campaign of swaying the SJW crowd and others who know not how to logic or reason to follow her garbage.

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The Foot Soldiers of Illogic: The Failure to Understand Statistics (1)

Anger is a double edged sword, it could derive one to pursue different subjects passionately, but also blind that person to ignore or simply not understand the facts of the matter. Issues of racism in US have much anger and passion surrounding them, and thus many angry fools on all sides making nonsensical claims.

Read the case of our good blogger, Ziggs Unscripted [1]:

Kill the myth that Mexicans and Blacks cause the most rape in the USA

I’ve been pretty mad the last couple of days.  From Donald Trump saying that all Mexicans are rapists and criminals (except that few “good ones”) to that white terrorist saying that blacks are rapists that are taking over this country.

I’ve done some digging and apparently white men are more likely to rape and cause sexual assault in this country.  Not Blacks, Mexicans, Asians, etc. but White men.  And its hardly a contest about 65% of rapists in 2012 were white. Yea just let that sink in.

Here are some Sources: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/tables/43tabledatadecoverviewpdf

http://www.sarsonline.org/resources-stats/reports-laws-statics

https://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-offenders

http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/sartkit/about/about-sa-so.html

One may not dig, when one does not have the understanding of a high school student to interpret and use the findings to get a meaningful conclusion.

First, one must define the ideas being confirmed or debunked very clearly. We should ask, “What” is actually being debunked? The author of that post wishes to debunk “Most rapes are caused by non-whites”. This is clear from the title, however, at the start of the article we clearly see another claim, namely that of Mr. dead-fox-on-empty-head, Donald Trump and other racists: “All (or most) non-white people are rapists”.

It must be shown to the author of the above post that debunking the first claim does not debunk the latter. In other words, one can prove without contradiction that: “Most rapists are white” is true, while “Most non-whites are rapists” is also true. The truth of the second statement can only be determined when we compare the number of non-white rapists in proportion to their respective population.

This ratio will mathematically translate to the total number of rapists of each ethnicity divided by the total population of that ethnicity, all definitions kept the same.

The author of that post must stop being mad about things that bother him/her, and start thinking more clearly. Maybe take some time to study a bit more about how to analyse statistical facts.

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Note: These numbers, even corrected, mean nothing on their own. Too many variables (from social to criminal justice system) are involved, and to my knowledge no study links race and violent sexual behavior directly.

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[1] http://ziger123.tumblr.com/post/121936726589/kill-the-myth-that-mexicans-and-blacks-cause-the

The Foot Soldiers of Illogic: A Game of Words

Whether it is in physical sports, scientific studies or even simple activities like board games, doing simple exercises is almost always helpful for everyone. One does not need to be a professional to enjoy benefits of exercises in simple activities of all shapes and forms.

Word replacement is a fun and light hearted exercise one can do to have some laugh while simultaneously practice one’s mental ability to understand language and word-play. So, let us have a read of the following text and then play the word game [1]:

You may think it’s unfair that we have to counteract and adjust ourselves for the ill behavior of other men. You know what? You’re right. It is unfair. Is that the fault of women? Or is it the fault of the men who act abysmally and make the rest of us look bad? If issues of fairness bother you, get mad at the men who make you and your actions appear questionable.

Exercise: Let’s put “black men” instead of the underlined “men”, and “white men” instead of “women”.

Not so fun now, is it?

I wonder if the author of those words does much brain exercise of this type. If the author was aware of the unfairness of such judgments as he claimed to be, he would have realized that the unfair judgement does not belong to men who do bad things, but [in that text] to some women.

If the judgement is unfair, the blame is with those who issued it, not those who have done nothing wrong but to share the same gender with “men who act abysmally”.

Obviously, not all women are insane or idiots who merely judge men based on their gender. Nor all men must be shunned or blamed for the things some other men do. We all are individuals with separate lives and will, separate cognitive faculties and separate agency. Gender, along with color of one’s skin or one’s sexual orientation cannot be the determining factor or a relevant category to judge all human beings, men or women.

There is a strong suspicion that most people, especially the feminist and SJW bunch, find the exercise text highly offensive. Then how is it the case they not only don’t find anything wrong with the original, but also re-blog and write the likes of it frequently in their weblogs and other published articles [2][3]?

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[1] https://medium.com/human-parts/a-gentlemens-guide-to-rape-culture-7fc86c50dc4c

[2] http://dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry.tumblr.com/post/120660929549/you-may-think-its-unfair-that-we-have-to

[3] http://queertips.org/post/119888189543/you-may-think-its-unfair-that-we-have-to