Monday, April 30, 2018

The queen of professional victims is at it again

Anita Sarkeesian is, possibly, the most successful professional victim in recent history. Perhaps human history. She has succeeded in making self-victimization a million-dollar industry.

That's no hyperbole or exaggeration. So far she has been given well over a million dollars, possibly several million dollars, in donation money. If the flood of money ever shows any sign of slowing down, she only needs to make yet another sappy video where she cries about how much online harassment she has received, and the floodgates of cash start flowing again.

And that's not even counting all the other money she has got (including, among many other things, her speaker fees of up to $20 thousand per event.)

Anita Sarkeesian is, by all intents and purposes, a millionaire who has got her money by self-victimization. She is, possibly, the most successful professional victim in history.

And now she's getting even more money by being the protagonist in a "documentary" about... you guessed it, how she and other women are victims of online harassment and "cyberbullying".

The trailer for that "documentary" is quite cringeworthy, especially in one regard: As always, it's only women who apparently are victims of online harassment.

Study after study has shown that men actually experience significantly more online harassment than women do. In the wild west of the internet, there will always be trolls and assholes. It doesn't matter who you are, or what you are, or what your political views are, or whatever it is that you are doing, if you make yourself visible and loud in any way, you will be subject to vitriol. Especially if you present any sort of political opinion, no matter what it is, you will be harassed, constantly and relentlessly.

But of course to feminists it only matters when it happens to women. I often present this joke in online comment sections:
If a study were to say, for example:

"10 million people experience online harassment every year. 10% of them are women."

what social justice warriors would see is:

"1 million women experience online harassment every year."
I think this joke would probably be quite on the spot. Men are disposable. They don't matter. Only women matter.

The problem with this kind of narrative, which people like Sarkeesian are pushing so hard, is that it only accelerates the erosion of people's human rights, especially free speech. When they push this narrative for long enough, and when enough politicians have been converted, that's just another reason for those politicians to restrict people's free speech.

Dissenting opinions and "wrong" opinions will be criminalized in the name of fighting "online bullying". Because some people call other people nasty names and insults, serious criticism will be criminalized in the process. Only one narrative will be allowed. Just wait and see.

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