I’ve been having trouble putting into words the amount of disappointment I’ve been feeling for people regarding various incidents about women and the internet over the past couple of weeks. No one’s life should be put on display for all to see just because she made a video game. No one’s life should be threatened just because she made some videos about how women are treated in video games. No one’s private pictures should be circulated because she happens to be a celebrity. It’s disturbing and sickening.
These incidents are happening in 21st century America. It doesn’t make any sense to me that women are still treated this way. They’re only good for sex, and they don’t have much of a say in how their sex and sexuality can and should be used. Pictures go out on the internet without permission, and media portrayals of women are as objects. If women speak out against it, rape and death threats happen. It’s sick.
There shouldn’t be a national conversation about this. The fact that this depravity exists like it does is proof that we’ve long been doing something wrong. It gives a certain level of validity to the claims that media portrayals of women are toxic to the publish conscience, but it also says that there’s something lacking in people’s day-to-day lives. And this isn’t a vocal minority. The voice is too loud and carrying too far at this point.
All I can do at this point is speak out against it. I promise to never be silent about it, since silence is basically agreement these days. But I can’t do it alone. We all have to take part in this to make sure it doesn’t happen again.