This comes from Monday's daythread but is a much bigger deal and warrants its own thread.
Anita Sarkeesian is a feminst blogger who is also a gamer. She produces reasonable production values video documentaries on feminist topics (for example on women in film).
She started a kickstarter project to raise $6,000 to create a series of 12 films relating to female character tropes in videogaming.
As you will see, the project has raised $150,000 plus. This is arguably not, primarily, due to interest in the videos themselves, though I personally would watch them and they do seem to me to be a good idea. Instead this is a sort of "counter-backlash" of donations against the incredible storm of abuse and hatred that her project (and its introduction video) generated.
Obviously everyone not trolling on here will be against the deaththreats etc against Anita, but there will be a large number of people (see: Krans, Wall) who rationalise their inner-misogyny with arguments like the following:
"Men are stereotyped too and we don't complain"
"Who actually cares? Its just a videogame its not meant to be realistic"
"Feminism = retarded therefore this video concept = retarded"
"I bet she steals the money. She is just exploiting people. Why does she even need so much?"
"Anyone who gets worked up about this stuff is an idiot".
"Welcome to the internet - this is what its like get over it"
"She is just playing the victim".
"Trolls gonna troll, she should HTFU"
"People will find a way to be offended by ANYTHING".
I want to state that I think if you subscribe to the above arguments you are either misogynists in denial or else someone who doesn't think through or logically justify their views (i.e. a retard).
You are latching on to what are (trivially demonstrably) irrational or even stupid arguments in order to justify your gut hatred of a woman criticising a male-dominated hobby of yours and getting widespread support.
The best thing about this drama is it absolutely and emphatically proves the importance of her project. The incredible, bitter backlash from social-phobic neckbeards shows that years of having your only exposure to women (apart from your mom) come from ridiculously weak damsels in distress or huge breasted barbie doll figures in games breeds disgusting sexism and perverted, distorted views on what acceptable attitudes to gender issues are.