It really bugs me how so many people act like disliking Anita Sarkeesian means you hate women and don’t want them in video games, either as consumers, developers, or anywhere else.
I dislike her because I feel her information, though it supports a noble truth, is faulty and at times flat-out misleading, to the point it couldn’t have been accidental. I don’t care how noble or true the argument you are making is if you’re building it on a foundation of lies. If your argument is true and right, then there are solid, correct, proven/provable facts that will reach the same conclusion. To use misinformation and incorrect claims rather than that truth to back up a noble cause is breeding a culture of ignorance and a lack of critical ability to distinguish misinformation from truth that makes people more gullible to more dangerous misinformation that supports less noble causes. I don’t give a crap what you’re arguing or defending, you have to be using real information and facts to do so.
I dislike her because her claims that women are nonexistent amongst developers is a complete slap in the face of women like Roberta Williams, Corrinne Yu, Kim Swift, and others who have had incredibly well-known and/or influential work in the field, and the hypocrisy of advancing women by trampling on the accomplishments of women befuddles and aggravates me.
I dislike her because I question the commitment, earnestness, honesty, etc. of someone who raises almost 27 times their goal in funding, yet, two years after they were scheduled to be finished, has not completed the project that the original budget called for immensely less funding for.
I dislike her because of the scandal where one of the images she used for her logo was either traced or outright stolen from an artist without her permission.
I agree 100% that seeing more women in gaming would be awesome, both as characters in prominent roles, as players of big-time games, and as devs and programmers. But everything about her methods and her claims and arguments reeks of either ignorance or manipulation to me. And it pains me to see her propped up as this martyr for women in gaming, because it’s proliferating this “end justifies the means” methodology of making arguments where misinformation and inaccuracies are okay as long as you have a laudable end conclusion, it’s erasing the accomplishments of women who actually are in the industry, it’s spreading bad information, and it’s choosing an awful spokesperson for a delicate and relevant issue who will only serve to polarize the issue and force decent people who could’ve otherwise had a civil, reasonable, intelligent discussion into yelling at each other incoherently in a dogmatic game of who can be louder.