UPDATE OCTOBER 14 6:50 PM PST — According to the University’s official Twitter account, Anita Sarkeesian has canceled her talk at the school.
I ran a story today about game designer Brianna Wu’s appearance on MSNBC, talking about #GamerGate. Once again, I was told that I’m ‘making a big deal over nothing,’ that it isn’t a thing, that I and all other social justice warriors are overreacting. Then I read this: Anita Sarkeesian, she of Feminist Frequency and the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games videos is once again the target of hate.
Sarkeesian is scheduled to speak at the Utah State University’s Center for Women and Gender Studies on October 15 for “Common Hour: Anita Sarkeesian.” The University received a threatening email. The (Standard Examiner has a link to it, and it’s horrifying. I’m not posting it, but I’m including the link so you can read it if you choose.) In the email, “the deadliest school shooting in American history” is threatened if they don’t cancel her appearance.
“If you do not cancel her talk, a Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out against the attendees, as well as students and staff at the nearby Women’s Center,” the email says. “I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs.”
Polygon explains: “The Montreal Massacre, also known as the École Polytechnique Massacre, took place in 1989 in Canada. Marc Lépine, who the email references, killed 14 women, injured 10 and killed four men in the name of ‘fighting feminism’ before committing suicide.”
“Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged,” the writer, who claims to be a student at the school. He says increased security is futile. “We live in a nation of emasculated cowards too afraid to challenge the vile, misandrist harpies who seek to destroy them. Feminism has taken over every facet of our society, and women like Sarkeesian want to punish us for even fantasizing about being men,” he said.
The school is not canceling the talk. USU spokesman Tim Vitale said, “We’re an institution of higher learning. We educate people. This is what we do. This is a chance for students to listen for themselves to the topic, voice their opinions as they choose, and learn something.”
Big deal over nothing, huh?