These past few weeks have been rather unpleasant, as far as geek culture goes. I won’t recap in depth, but let’s just highlight the fact that Anita Sarkeesian was driven out of her house, Zoe Quinn has recieved constant harassment and tons of other women in the games industry have generally been made to feel unsafe.
Unfortunately, some of the responses to this harassment haven’t been great. There’s a trend by many who defend feminism to respond with insults – and I won’t comment on whether I think this is good or not, as that’s not what this is about. I agree that we should be angry – angry about the harassment that women experience in video games, angry at the lack of representation. I’m on Anita’s side, Zoe’s side – the side of all the women in video games who’ve been treated despicably.
But there’s one ‘insult’ people use in anger in particular that I really, really disagree with the use of.
‘Virgin’ is not a bad thing, and should not be used as an insult.
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