The threats began slowly — first with YouTube comments denouncing her gender and race, then on a Wikipedia page, replacing her personal image with a pornographic one.
Soon came an online game where players could beat American feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian’s virtual face into a bloody pulp with click after click.
And then, as a misogynistic underbelly of gamers began to surface, one Toronto woman got caught in the crossfire and began receiving death and rape threats of her own.
This online vitriol emerged in response to a fundraising campaign started by pop culture critic Sarkeesian in May to produce a series of free online videos on female stereotypes in video games. By June, Sarkeesian had surpassed her goal of $6,000 by more than $150,000.
The game “Beat up Anita Sarkeesian” was created last week by a Sault Ste. Marie gamer who goes by @Bendilin on Twitter in response to this campaign. The gamer claimed that Sarkeesian had scammed thousands of people out of money.
“She claims to want gender equality in video games, but in reality, she just wants to use the fact that she was born with a vagina to get free money and sympathy from everyone who crosses her path,” @Bendilin posted below the game on newsground.com.