A Voice for Men’s Honey Badgers ask: Why hasn’t Anita Sarkeesian been harassed MORE?

A Voice for Men’s so-called “Honey Badgers” — its little super-team of female MRAs, led by blabby Canadian videoblogger Karen “GirlWritesWhat” Straughan — have a new theory about Anita Sarkeesian. And it’s a doozy.

Sarkeesian, you may recall, is a feminist cultural critic who’s faced pretty much nonstop harassment from misogynistic internet assholes since she launched a project to dissect sexist tropes in video games. AVFM has contributed, in its own special way, to this wave of harassment, with articles describing Sarkeesian as, among other things, a “moneygrubbing liar” and a “queen bee … girl interloper” in the world of video games; AVFM’s Dean Esmay also held her partially responsible, along with an assortment of other internet feminists, for the suicide of one Canadian Men’s Rights Activist.

The principals at AVFM have blamed her for — either inadvertently or deliberately — bringing this harassment on herself by going to 4chan and posting about her project. (As I noted in a previous post, there’s no actual evidence she ever did this.)

The Honey Badgers, for their part, are certain that getting harassed by 4chaners was  part of her devious plan all along.

In a teaser for their internet “radio” show tonight, the “Honey Badger” known as TyphonBlue writes:

Like all professional damsels in distress, Anita Sarkeesian had to choose a good dragon. Just the right looming shadow to fall over her delicate and fragile sensibilities; just the right cackling stage-villain to inspire her cries of helpless horror.

She chose 4-chan. An internet forum known for it’s underbelly of foul-tempered and hair-triggered trolls.

Then, after accusing Sarkeesian of inviting countless rape and death threats upon herself (and only a portion of it from 4channers, I should add), the Badgers take their weird conspiracy theory one step further:

But we at Honey Badger Radio have noticed something… odd. The wave of so-called hate that Anita received from her carefully chosen dragon, wasn’t really all that bad.

Yeah. A year and a half (so far) of pretty much unending harassment and baseless criticism, complete with violent threats directed not only at her but at other women who have defended her — that’s nothing.

Compared to 4-chan’s usual scorched earth strategy–raizing [sic] everything to the ground and pissing on the ashes, Anita got a little singed, like she sat too close to a campfire.

So we have to ask… Did 4-chan white knight Anita? I mean, come on. Was that the best 4 chan could do?

Yes, that’s right. The Honey Badgers are accusing those who sent rape and death threats to Anita Sarkeesian … of “white knighting” her.

I can’t even.

About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon, Time.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on November 14, 2013, in a voice for men, a woman is always to blame, antifeminism, empathy deficit, FemRAs, harassment, misogyny, MRA, no games for girls, none dare call it conspiracy, oppressed men, rape culture, taking pleasure in women's pain, threats, TyphonBlue, victrim blaming, video games, white knights and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 718 Comments.

  1. I hate to burst your bubble, Aurthur, but this IS a mockery site. Not really a place for Robert’s rules.

  2. Oh. I suppose it’s comforting to know I’m as socially bashful online as IRL. Sorry about that.Thanks for introducing me to Robert’s rules though.

  3. What hellkell said, Arthur. If there are places where Anita’s, or other, critiques are being sensibly discussed, that’s great, but that’s not what this site is about. It’s about mocking misogyny, not picking over criticisms of misogyny.

  4. Ah, understood, i shall try to find one. I do tend to leap in without looking at what the website I’m commenting on is all about. Will attempt to stop myself from doing that in future. Thank you for being patient with me.

  5. No probs!

  6. Argenti Aertheri

    “polite forums of debate”

    *looks around* no, this won’t do at all… *plasters the place in hideous wallpaper where the mangos smell like mangos*

  7. No, no, we have to use kitty wallpaper!

  8. Argenti Aertheri

    Sneaky mango wallpaper disguised as kitties?

  9. Mango-scented kitties!

  10. Argenti Aertheri

    Kitty licks you to determine your flavor, you have to resist licking kitty lest you get a mouthful of fur.

    Or, if you’re pecunium, you never go near a cat again.

    Hmm, thank you. I was debating what I wanted for a snack, I have mango ice pops.

  11. Argenti Aertheri

    Hey pecunium, how do you feel about frozen mango? I have to get my face in it to smell it, but I don’t hate the smell. (I am, however, less than fond of the fruit to sugar ratio of these)

  12. I get mouthfulls of kitty fur without trying. I’m sure Mads ejects hers when she wafts past me.

  13. That’s just a Furrinati symbol of ownership. If you don’t have your kitty’s fur on you, how would the other furry creatures of the world know that you’re the kitty’s eternal servant?

  14. Frozen mango is like mango juice, not too bad to be around.

    It’s mostly the fresh fruit which gets to me… as a smell. As a taste… I’d rather lick a cat.

  15. Alice – this is correct. Kitty fur shows that they own All the Things.

    Did you see Freemage’s excellent information about the singular of Furrinati, on the Red Pill thread?

  16. @Arthur: Welcome to Manboobz; I recently delurked myself.

    In any case, though Anita has undoubtedly done a lot of good work in the past, and work that she should be commended for, nobody is perfect. Even our heroes may have a few flaws. And that’s all I’ll say here.

    On a lighter note, speaking of the “furrinati”, how many of you guys are Garfield fans? =D

  17. kittehs – I did. I need to recall that, I don’t want to make a mistake in referring to the Furrinati.

    (Makes me wish that I could actually OWN a cat, but I honestly can’t imagine myself touching one, let alone be responsible for said kitty’s care. Damn it.)

  18. Own a cat? Own a cat?

    Wash your mouth out!

    Is it allergies that mean owning being a kitty’s servant isn’t possible?😦

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