Feminist Speaker Cancels Speech Because University Wouldn’t Break The Law For Her

Canadian born, video game hating feminist, Anita Sarkeesian was scheduled to give a talk at Utah State University this week but has decided to cancel it.  While a speaker backing out of an engagement is not unheard of, the reasoning behind this case is of special interest.

Sarkeesian’s feminist crusade aims at gender equality in video games.  No, seriously.  She views that, too often, women are portrayed in video games as helpless damsels, eye candy, or exploited detritus like strippers and prostitutes.   While that’s all well and good, and she may even have a point, there are a section of gamer boys who don’t take to kindly to her rabble rousing of their entertainment.  As such she allegedly gets threatened.

That’s not surprising either, I get threatened by troglodyte gun control zealots from time to time.

Which brings us to the State of Utah.  In the days leading up to her talk, Sarkeesian reported that she was threatened by an anonymous student at the school.  The school contacted authorities in order to ensure Sarkeesian’s safety.

University spokesman Tim Vitale says the FBI told school officials the threat was consistent with ones Sarkeesian receives when she gives speeches elsewhere.

The university consulted with federal and state law enforcement and had determined it was safe to go ahead with the presentation.

I just want to establish that the University did not just flippantly dismiss the threat and did it’s due diligence to ensure her safety, with even federal and local law enforcement saying the threat wasn’t credible.  Utah State did offer to beef up security and to ban backpacks at the event.

That wasn’t good enough for Sarkeesian though.  She wanted Utah State University to break the law and ban guns from the event she was to speak at.  A Canadian feminist wants to ban guns?  SHOCKING…I know.

In 2004, the state of Utah passed a law specifically authorizing the carrying of firearms on college campus’s and Utah State University was simply following the law and would not break it, thereby infringing upon the rights of Utah citizens, simply because a Canadian feminist was throwing a hissy fit.

Why do I keep bringing up the fact that Sarkeesian is a feminist?  Because SHE uses that as reason for Utah State University’s action.

In response to people claiming that she is overreacting, Sarkeesian said the notion was both “insulting” and “sexist.”

“It’s baffling to me that someone would claim I’m overreacting when there’s a legitimate, credible threat against my life and against the other students.  It’s reminiscent of the larger culture, where women are told we ‘shouldn’t take it seriously. It’s just the Internet. It’s not real.’ It’s very real.”

Here’s the thing…there WASN’T a legitimate credible threat.  The FBI and state law enforcement looked into it.  Just because some wanker made an anonymous email doesn’t actually mean you are in danger.  Or else, is Ms. Sarkeesian suggesting that WHEREVER she goes should be a gun free zone because she is just that important.

If she feels that her life is in such danger, I suggest she get herself a firearm and learn how to use it.

She would go on to say about her critics: “[they’re] trying to paint me as an overly emotional, reactionary feminist.”

No, you are painting yourself like that.  Just because there are people out there that have eyes to see it, doesn’t mean you can discredit them by using the sex card to re-imagine the situation to where you are in the right.

So at the end of the day, Sarkeesian withdrew from the talk on Wednesday and scurried out of the state.  And just to be clear, it wasn’t just some random crazy that Sarkeesian was against having a weapon, even if Utah State had compromised and requested to see permits for firearms Sarkeesian said this:

“in hindsight, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable with any weapons in the auditorium.”

In that statement, Sarkeesian exposed herself as the gun hating, hoplophobe that she is.  And considering that such knuckle dragging ideology knows no gender, as it inflicts both men and women (Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Shannon Watts, Sarah Brady), her cries of sexism ring hollow.

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