I CALLED IT: Anita Sarkeesian Set to Abandon Games, Move on to "Feminist History"

I CALLED IT: Anita Sarkeesian Set to Abandon Games, Move on to “Feminist History”

Anita Sarkeesian

Well, I called it. Many times over the last year, I’ve talked about how Anita Sarkeesian was getting ready to abandon video games and their sphere of influence so that she could move into more profitable waters. Today, she announced just that. But before I get to that part, let’s take a look back at one of my earlier call…

From late January


I think Anita is getting ready to move on past video games. Ms. Sarkeesian wants to be a cultural critic at-large, and she surely realizes that talking about vidya is not going to bring her up to that level. Yes, she’s become wildly famous and gained a good chuck of money off all this, but that’s as far as her career is ever going to go if she doesn’t wrap this up soon. She can always come out and ramble on whenever some gaming controversy is in the news, don’t get me wrong. But if she wants to be a real talking head, she has to move into politics. I believe that’s exactly what she’s gonna try to do. There’s a lot more competition on that front, though. I don’t believe it’s going to be as easy as she (and McIntosh) thinks. Only time will tell. Whatever the case may be, we’ll always be there to point out her lies.

Now, take a look at The Washington Post from earlier today

Today, on International Women’s Day, she’s kicking off a $200,000 campaign to fund a new video series called “Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History” that will explore the lives of historical women ranging from pirate Ching Shih to reformer Ida B. Wells. Sarkeesian will narrate the videos — the first season will be five episodes long — and they’ll feature animation and costume design inspired by the era in each woman lived as well as original music to be performed on period instruments.

The project has been on Sarkeesian’s to-do list for years. And though the video series that made her both famous and a target of ferocious online harassment, “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” explored a very different subject — the way female characters are depicted and function in many games — it also renewed her belief that “Ordinary Women” was important.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t begrudge Anita’s move here. Everyone has the right to move on from certain topics if they so choose. Hell, I’ve sort of moved on from areas of discussion myself. I only talk about GamerGate in broad terms now and usually don’t get involved in the day-to-day anymore. I’m never going to quit discussing it altogether, as you saw with the recent Jamie Walton/Alison Rapp stuff, and the Kotaku failure that related to them both. But we all have to diversify at a certain point.

The problem here is Ms. Sarkeesian still hasn’t fulfilled the promises she made during her last mega-fundraiser. She reminds me of RogueStar, although to give her some slight credit, at least she came a little closer than he has when it comes to fulfilling the stated goals. However, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades…certainly not crowdfunding.

Charlie Nash puts it pretty well over on Breitbart Tech

Because of the lack of content, many people have criticised Feminist Frequency over their business and production skills, citing the amount of money raised compared to the quality and frequency of the organisation’s videos. The matters were also made worse when it was discovered Sarkeesian was charging up to $20,000 per public speech.

Interestingly, McIntosh seems to have been scrubbed from the new project altogether, with no mention of him on the “Team” page of the crowdfunding campaign.

So far, Sarkeesian has raised nearly $4,000 of her $200,000 project goal and there are just under 30 days left for the series to reach its funding. The project is hosted on “Seed and Spark,” a different crowdfunding platform to Sarkeesian’s previous campaign. It is unknown as to why Sarkeesian has decided to host the campaign on a lesser-known platform, but I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that her previous project’s platform, Kickstarter, requires users to deliver on their campaign promises.

Where are the DVD’s you promised, Anita? I guess you were too busy charging $20K per speech to get that minimum requirement done. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to move on, the continued fraudulent behavior is what I take issue with.

Then again, anyone giving this scam artist money at this point pretty much gets what they deserve.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • masterninja

    I wanna hear the people that double dip into this scam artist her next project…

    And to them i say you deserve to get robbed you idiots!

    • Reaper of Salt

      A fool and their money will soon be parted. And in the circumstance it holds true.

  • The scam never ends

    • Lost Question

      she has rich tastes and idiots to fleece, i dislike he for bring shit to gaming, but she serves a role in separating fools from their money

      • Elilla Shadowheart

        Money has to run out sooner or later, and considering the shit quality of the economy…my guess? Sooner.

    • scemar

      Her people have managed to scam their way to full control of academia and media, and all the way to the UN and stuff.

      The scam never ends.

  • ThatGuy

    Oh come on now Ralph, I think we’ve all been aware that this was coming for a long while now. She worked for a con artist before meeting McIntosh, and she’s moving past him now that his usefulness to her has expired and she can no longer garner big bucks from milking left wing anti-gamer sentiments for all they’re worth.

    That said, your article on her original work was big in fomenting that understanding, so credit where credit is due. Still, this is hardly any surprise to anyone with half a brain. We’ve been waiting for her to make this move for awhile now.

    • Yea, but I’ve said it several times, not just in that post from January. Still, it wasn’t THAT hard to see, correct lol.

    • AnonMuser

      She worked for a con artist before meeting McIntosh, and she’s moving past him now that his usefulness to her has expire

      I don’t believe this. I think Josh has just been scrubbed from the official list because of his views on eg: Israel and bin Laden: views which would dog the organisation’s funding efforts. Josh can still remain the (ghost)writer, and probably will. He’s a good propagandist—his videos about gaming convinced a majority of gaming press and their readers, and a vast majority of the media and the general public who don’t actually play games. Same with history—how many people do you know who can actually understand the content without having to refer to Wikipedia (which will no doubt be edited to comply with FF narrative)?

  • Captain Hero

    Good, hopefully this will be the beginning of declining feminist influence in gaming critiques. I can’t wait for the next jack thompson in 5 or 10 years from now saying that our playstation 8 games are evil in some mysterious way.

    • Mr0303

      Possibly some Black Lives Matter guy will shout how they are racists.

    • KarmikCykle

      At least Jack Thompson’s antics were hilarious. Anita’s are just… ugh.

    • Fatherless

      Maybe. But first there’s a power vucuum to fill. Thought one Anita was bad? Wait until there are 1000!

  • Mr0303

    SJWs can’t be that stupid to fund her again, can they?

    I mean, she can’t be that bad financially given that she charges 20 000$ per lecture and all the extra funding she got from Intel and Twitter.

    That being said facts are not a strong point when it comes to SJWs.

    • scemar

      Maybe you and I see her for the fraud she is but in the mainstream opinion she is a hero.

      • AnonMuser

        Exactly. SJWs? Think about Intel’s $300M. People will be running head over heels to fund this (and more) crap. The likes of Sharpton and Jackson have made whole careers out of this.

      • This is exactly it. The mainstream media and news outlets supporting and backing her is probably the biggest problem of it all, and is what makes it so difficult to go against her.

        As soon as she receives criticism, she screams “sexism” and “misogyny” and the media and news outlets come rushing over to defend her, and before you know it the person doing the criticism is immediately silenced out of fear.

    • Lost Question

      they are soc just cultist she might get funded again after all they are stupid? probably, but blindly dogmatic is closer.

      and then she can bring the feminist idiot wagon out for history

  • scemar

    What a shame. It was fun having her around.
    Sure she kickstarted a whole lot of nasty drama we had to deal with on the industry but overall I’d say it was better for the common long term good to have that blow up and then clean the mess than to let it slowly boil suffocating us without us even realizing it.

    And she was a great real life example of what the archetypical feminist is and every tiem she released another badly researched, low production value, full of illogical nonsense video it just helped more people realize how full of lies and self serving the feminists are.

  • ash

    I like how the Washington Post lies and said she was “harassed”.

    • fnd

      Surviving hate speech is no laughing matter friend.

      P.s. lol

      • ash

        She hasn’t “survived” anything.

  • Sockpuppet Nora

    Maybe if I wore hoop earrings people would just throw their money at me….

    • Toastrider

      I doubt it. You don’t have the right politics, and let’s be honest, you have too much integrity to be a whore.

  • Michael P

    There’s no drama in a video series showcasing the achievements of women throughout history, it’s not going to feed the ever hungry SJW outrage machine. If they can’t get their fix, they’ll look elsewhere.

    This is doomed to fail.

  • Jak Constantine

    Lol this won’t last. Her reputation is down in the shit you can see the trail of it what she’s left behind. And will the criticisms stop? No in fact it will be much worse. She’s pissed off way too many communities.

    • Lost Question

      probably part of the reason she isn’t using kickstarter.

    • Mihai

      Those communities deserved to be pissed upon. Literally all these lefties say is a lie.

  • Optimus Quantitative Easing

    Who is she and why should I care and I am a gamer, but I guess not serious enough to know who she is.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    Good riddence, I’d prefer it if this woman stopped scamming people and shitting in their yards, but if she’s done scamming people in my subcultures and shitting in my yard my interest in her further antics will rapidly wane. She’s making a mistake in ditching Josh though, without the scripts he writes for her she practically chokes on her own tongue and without his connections she wont be able to get her foot in as many doors.

  • Godot

    She’s a paid shill. I don’t even think *SHE* believes the garbage she spews. Anita Sarkeesian might not even be her real name lol

  • Kellen Joel

    I see you went back to Disqus. Nice.

    Good, she’s finally moving away from games. Maybe she’ll tell history accurately… nah. Oh well. Anyone want to start #HistoryGate?

  • Duce Ralli

    I live in a family of history freaks… Going by just my Dad, Historians will do to her what MetalGate did to SJWs…scare ’em off before a solid hold can be gained.

    • Fatherless

      They better.

  • John

    Wait a minute, have she finished all the videos that she said she would do in her kickstarter?

    • fnd

      Exactly my toughts. Are the DVD’s the only promise she didn’t deliver?

  • Paul

    “Women have always been oppressed and have been treated as chattel.”

    “Women have always done important stuff and had a huge impact on society.”

    Cognitive dissonance in action.

    “Oh, they did the important stuff despite being oppressed because women are so awesome. La la.”

  • Social Justice Whitey

    Tropes vs. History anyone?

    • Dave The Sandman

      nice one mate 😉

      • Social Justice Whitey

        Hey good to see you on this old format again Dave,,,,DRINK! FECK! ARSE!

        • Dave The Sandman

          Ah the other one was me – it just auto used my Facebook avatar… the 13th Duke of Wymbourne

  • Even though she is ‘leaving’ video games, her work has created a negatively lasting
    effect on the video games industry. Basically what she’s done is that she has made all the feminist
    fuckwits aware of gaming culture, and they have all hopped onto the ‘sexism-misogyny-in-video-games’ bandwagon. This of course includes all the sewer feminists, such as the Twitterettes and Tumblrtards. Not to mention that her videos are used in schools to completely brainwash children.

    And being a SJW-feminist, it of course means that mainstream media and news outlets will be tripping over one another to white-knight and mangine for her.

    This has created an atmosphere of fear for video game developers/companies, as well as gamers. Design a sexy female character in a chain-mail bikini and you’re done for. Saying you like DOA5 because of Kasumi’s tits and you’re done for. (funny how they don’t have any complaints about the male characters in speedos).

    Because Anita is a bigoted, sexist, racist, lying and deceitful crybully, I would like to say good riddance to her. And I hope her next project completely tanks if she carries on with the same bullshit tactics.

    • Fatherless

      Correct, not to mention all the Indie devs whose games will never net them a living who think of her as a hero for giving them a life mission outside of earning profit. “Well, no one actually bought my game, but at least it moved the culture in a positive direction.”

  • Emil Åslund

    Can’t she and Little-Johnny get arrested and convited for fraud already?

  • Dave The Sandman

    I can see another Bill “Killing (Insert historical figure here)” O’Reilly series of takedowns by real historians coming on here.

    Better watch out Anita….. Laurie Penny already learned the hard way what happens when Feminazi idealogues tangle with real historians.

    Id strongly recommend Anita avoids any mention of English queens like Elizabeth I or she will have Dr David Starkey on her ass 😉

    Fire up the popcorn, put the beer on ice fellow GGers….. this one could be a doozy.

  • ever heard of a bro on a diet

    ugh, i pray she sinks into obscurity but i have a feeling she’ll pull some stunt at the last second to whip up all that money needed.

  • fnd

    Are the DVD’s the only promise she didn’t deliver? She did all the episodes?

  • Wonderkarp

    so we can expect her to talk about videogames again when this one fails.

  • Iso

    Oh grand, the fraud is going to go rip off more unwitting people in a different area. Should Gamers consider this a victory for getting rid of this hula-hoop earring wearing fraud? The only way to get a total victory is that she got totally discredited by the Mainstream Media and followers.

  • Dave The Sandman

    Ching Shih?

    how about Countess Elizabeta Bathory and Ilse Koch while she’s at it?

  • Redmond

    >Because of the lack of content, many people have criticised Feminist Frequency over their business and production skills, citing the amount of money raised compared to the quality and frequency of the organisation’s videos.


    Didnt provide links for his claim, not cool.

  • Julie Shaw

    Now she wants to reshape history into “herstory”

    Fucking fraud has never been about anything but cash and critical theory.

  • Alias Darker

    Karma is gonna go apes*it on that b*tch