On her “Factual Feminist” podcast, the American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers claims that those affiliated with GamerGate are “a voice for moderation in today’s fevered debates over sex and gender.”
According to Sommers, GamerGate is merely a group of gamers who either “believe there is too much corruption and cronyism in gaming journalism” or “are weary of cultural critics who evaluate video games through the prism of social justice.”
“Millennials, who were born and raised in video game nation, are far less sexist, homophobic, and bigoted than earlier generations,” she continues, claiming the burden of proof that video games make individuals more sexist lies with those who oppose GamerGate.
“Critics might respond that we should be unforgiving of sexist tropes even if video games can’t be proven to cause misogyny,” she says. “But what counts as sexism is unsettled — even among feminists.” As proof, she notes that she believes the video game character Bayonetta, pictured below, is a symbol of female empowerment, whereas Anita Sarkeesian says “everything about Bayonetta’s design is created specifically to appeal to straight male gamers.”
Sommers claims Sarkeesian is wrong because “‘gaze theory’ has evolved since 1975, and it turns out that spectators might be able to gaze at a woman’s beauty and also identify with her on a human level.”
“Now, many men — not all of them, but many — do like images of sexy women,” she says. “But why shame them for this? Traditionally, women, gays, trans people have been policed and humiliated for their sexuality. That is wrong. Today, it’s open season on the sexual preferences of straight males. That’s also wrong.”
She does address the death threats targeting those who oppose GamerGate, but claims that there’s no proof that GamerGaters are responsible for them. “Now, I deplore the fact that female critics and game developers have been threatened,” she says.
Moreover, she claims that she’s “learned that several people inside of GamerGate, including two women, have received death threats too. Many in the media are treating GamerGate as a ‘damsel in distress’ story. Well, damsels are in distress, but they’re on both side of the controversy.”
Watch the entire episode of the “Factual Feminist” podcast below via YouTube.
Sarah Sanders nowhere to be seen as Steve Mnuchin holds first White House briefing in over 100 days
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin delivered a White House news briefing on new sanctions imposed on Iran, but outgoing Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was nowhere to be seen.
Mnuchin took questions from reporters in White House briefing room, which has gone unused for more than 100 days, but Sanders did not take part in the event.
The White House imposed sanctions against Iran and its ruler in retaliation for shooting down a U.S. drone last week.
President Donald Trump implemented the sanctions Monday by executive order, and briefly took questions from reporters in the Oval Office.
Mike Pence dodges climate change questions as Agriculture Department buries new scientific studies
Vice President Mike Pence avoided pointed questions about climate change during an interview on Sunday, even as President Donald Trump's administration continues to suppress studies about the severity of the climate crisis.
While being questioned by CNN's Jake Tapper, Pence listened to the anchor quote Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats discussing the geopolitical threat posed by climate change. Tapper then mentioned how the EPA had rolled back part of former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan before asking the vice president, "Do you think human-induced climate emergency is a threat to the United States?"
‘You’re scaring the children’: Nancy Pelosi says she got in Trump’s face with terms he can understand
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed on Monday that she told President Donald Trump that he is "scaring children" with his family separation policy at the border.
"Children are scared," she recalled telling him. "You're scaring the children of America, not just in those families, but their neighbors and communities."
"You're scaring the children," Pelosi repeated. "Now we have to continue to keep that pressure on [the president] to remove all doubt that we in our country respect people for their dignity and worth."
"Families belong together," the Speaker concluded.