Saturday, July 7, 2012

Online Harassment Against Feminist Blogger Anita Sarkeesian

Robert Stacy McCain reports on Think Progress's Alyssa Rosenberg's defense of feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian. See: "‘Concentrated Campaign of Harassment … to Terrorize People into Silence’- UPDATE: Parallels to Rauhauser." (Via Instapundit.)

Rosenberg's essay is here: "The Escalating Campaign Against Anita Sarkeesian and The Long-Term Weakness of Sexist Trolls." It's a good piece. These people are definitely cowards. It's not clear though that the attacks are right-wing attacks. Go back and read Robert's essay. Apparently Helen Lewis of the New Statesman indicates that the 4Chan hackers might be involved in the attacks on Sakeesian --- and I remember distinctly how advocates for 4Chan claimed the group's activists have no ideological motivation to their attacks. I argued in contrast that the troll-hacker types were anarchist and inherently leftist. I'm not saying much more than that here. Simply that until we see some folks on the left getting SWAT-ted like Patterico and the others, I'll continue the hold that it's the left that's mounting the prominent campaign of online intimidation to silence speech.

Anita Sarkeesian

PHOTO CREDIT: Anita Sarkeesian via Wikimedia Commons.

ADDED: Bob Belvedere reports with this reference to The Other McCain:
Also, do check out Stacy’s report on a case of Leftist-On-Leftist Thuggery, how [sur-frickin'-prise] high hypocrisy reigns among the ‘respectable Left’, and how Neal Rauhauser comes into play [he's like shit, it seems: he's everywhere].
See the full report: "The #BrettKimberlin Report D+43."