Following Terror Threats, Feminist Frequency Creator Speech at USU Cancelled

Emails sent to Utah State University personnel threatened Sarkeesian and audience members who would attend her presentation.

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UPDATE: Utah State University clarified it's stance on the threats in a statement posted to the school's website saying there is "no risk to USU students."

The statement reads: "Following a disturbing email received late Monday evening, Utah State University police and administrators have been working throughout the day to assess any level of risk to students or to a speaker scheduled to visit. USU police, in conjunction with several teams of state and federal law enforcement experts, determined that there was no threat to students, staff or the speaker, so no alert was issued."

USU notes that, "At no time was there any imminent threat," but that,"The investigation is continuing."

"The speaker, Anita Sarkeesian, canceled the presentation. She was concerned about the fact that state law prevented the university from keeping people with a legal concealed firearm permit from entering the event. University police were prepared and had a plan in place to provide extra security measures at the presentation."

The original story appears below.

Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of Feminist Frequency, has had her presentation at Utah State University cancelled in response to being informed that weapons would be permitted at the venue, the university has announced in a statement.

The discussion was sparked by what Standard Examiner reports as threats sent to "a number of personnel" at Utah State University via email. The emails allegedly threatened Sarkeesian as well as audience members who would be in attendance at her presentation with "the deadliest school shooting in American history." USU had originally scheduled for the presentation to go ahead after receiving email threats, but Sarkeesian cancelled the event after being informed that "if a person has a valid concealed firearm permit and is carrying a weapon, they are permitted to have it at the venue."

Sarkeesian's speech was initially scheduled to be held on October 15 at the university's Taggart Student Center with "enhanced security measures." She had been invited to "tell her perspective about an important topic."

Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter-funded video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games tackles the representation of women in entertainment fields, primarily video games. Earlier this year, Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) organizers announced Sarkeesian as the recipient of the Ambassador Award, which honors an individual who helps video games "advance to a better place" through advocacy. Threats were reportedly made to the organizers and targeted the event, stating that the hosts should rescind Sarkeesian's award or "a bomb will be detonated." The FBI was reportedly handed information to assist in its investigation of the threats made against Sarkeesian.

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charlievo

i won't surprise if she pays those people to make threats. Another girl playing innocent and banking the donation. nice try GTFO.

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marlboro78

I'm surprised someone cares enough about her to make death threats.But if you ask me i don't think they are genuine.

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KaalKurayami

There's too many idiots commenting here sprouting poison out their mouths about Anita and Feminism, like for example tom2750. You people are still stuck in the stone age when mindless men thought themselves superior. Feminism exists because of people like you exist.

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bobfds

Don't forget to donate :)

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gralvader

She should learn how to do proper research and criticism first. Her videos are the most biased I have seen in my life, at one point she even criticized the Lego company for releasing sets targeted towards girls... seriously... LEGOS! Everyone should just completely dismiss her cherry picked criticism. It really disgusts me the way she makes her videos and handles data and it is even worse when other people treat her videos as proper research.

(Sarcasm on) I think I should start a Kickstarter on how Soap Operas portray men. I shall call it Tropes vs Men in Soap Operas. If you early fund me I promise to make no research at all and just cherry pick Soap Operas that portray men as something we are not (Sarcasm off).

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >> Can you be specific? What of her critiques are incorrect? I read you suggesting that she's biased and a poor researcher but I don't see specific arguments as to why, just simple surface level assertions.

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gralvader

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I do not have a lot of time to go through the examples myself but you should give this a read. << LINK REMOVED >>. It has some examples of her cherry picked criticism, the author does compliment Sarkeesian for getting better at her research. Personally, I still think Sarkeesian needs more in depth research.

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end15

@gralvader @end15 Gralvader, that was a really good article, thanks for the link. I think Bezio had several good points. In regards to her NPSO's that were there to demonstrate how bad violence against women is (sort of the "that's reality" kind of argument) is the other side to Sarkeesians argument. I didn't get the impression that Sarkeesian wasn't aware of it. My understanding was that Sarkeesian was suggesting that the game developers wanted to have it both ways, critique and use the trope knowing that for many of their clients it will not be about the critique, but instead the exploitation. I think the same thing happened with the film Natural Born Killers. It was both extremely violent and a critique of violence in media at the same time. So in that regard I think both views hold truth.


Secondly, in games, the worlds are designed. And the argument of giving the player choice to strengthen morality is an interesting one. But I've also found, being one of the players that tries to explore/break the game, that mechanics are designed in very particular ways. I love GTA, and don't personally find the idea of using prostitutes for health, or even more egregiously killing them after to get the money, a satisfying way to play the game. At the same time I'm very aware that it is in fact a mechanic of the game. With all of the choices that GTA can and often does offer, why is that still part of the gameplay? There are million other sandbox interactions that they could develop in their quest to simulate and mock reality. I found it strange that Hot Coffee got so much flak considering it was a simulation of sex with a willing partner that had a deeper level insight than the prostitute mechanic. Even if they were to keep prostitutes and strippers in the game mechanics, couldn't develop them in a more in depth way, giving them as much attention as they do their other characters?

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Dawg9000

@end15 So, you complain about the ABILITY to do something in a game (because not a single one REQUIRES you to do that), then you complain that they lack depth, and mention how they should be given as much attention as other characters. Dude, you're talking about prostitutes lol. This is how far the bitchification of America has progressed, grown ass men complaining about shit that people would do in ONLY a video game. Complain about something important, like Michael getting back with his cheating bitch of a wife. I can't believe I just took time out of my day comment on something so old, but Lord have mercy, it WAS that fucking stupid lol. PROSTITUTES PROSTITUTES PROSTITUTES

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah I'm fairly certain that only a person with a pre-existing psychopathic condition would act out the scenarios of GTA. And yep it's a game mechanic, specifically designed. As a player it's easy to say "why not?" in any sandbox environment. Actions usually don't have consequences. That's the fun of it. But when it comes to those making the game I do ask why they decided on that mechanic. My guess is that RockStar folks thought it would be a unique way to push boundries (at the time of GTA III), gain media attention, and through it's absolute outrageousness, appeal to the gallows humor in people. But it's almost 15 years later, and it's still basically the same thing, and the foundation of a cliche (and a misogynistic one at that) whereas every other aspect of the game has dramatically evolved. I'm sure there are plenty of people who still like that aspect of GTA, but I find it tiresome and lacking in insight (which is usually one of RockStars stronger points).

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thunderbreak

I clicked on this link because of the boobs in the background....

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memenotu

While it was wrong to give threats like this, few people earn it as much as she did.

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shinobi-cl

LOL!

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RaunchyTacos

She needs to get laid.

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50cratez

<< LINK REMOVED >> she doesn't want to. she hates men.

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Dawg9000

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Cratez you unlocked the secret of life, lesbians are just women who love dick but hate men. Not a lady on this Earth that doesn't use her fingers. (Unless she doesn't have any, which raises another question.....)

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RaunchyTacos

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Blindfolds help to alleviate that problem. Makes things interesting, too.

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Tr4newreck

<< LINK REMOVED >> projecting just a bit?

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RaunchyTacos

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Nope, just telling how it is. I'd be up to it. Sure, she's not the best looking, but I'll take one for the team. What can I say? I'm an altruist.

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Vienreich

Sarkeesian is fkin awesome. Any jerk who dislikes Anita has had a troubled relationship with his mom, I'm sure of it.

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bobfds

<< LINK REMOVED >> She's a fraud and a liar. But don't forget to feel bad about yourself and donate :)

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What did she lie about? How is she a fraud?

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50cratez

I don't think she's gonna share that 160K she embezzled with you.

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >> Okay I'll ask you same thing. What embezzlement? Specifically what crime has she committed and how? And back your information up, don't just make speculative assertions.

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50cratez

Don't be lazy. Google it yourself

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >> I did google it, and all I found were old claims that she wasn't going to make the video series, which she has done. You gonna call me some more names now? Or tell me to leave?

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Bizzy-SGS

I used to think feminism was a cool and positive thing until I first heard this woman speak. She has single handedly managed to make me despise feminism. She is the Alex Jones of feminism.

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >> Really... What kind of feminism did you support before her? Can tell me who you were reading or listening to?

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50cratez

Go away femnazi

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end15

<< LINK REMOVED >> Really? That's what you got? Let's see how well that works out for you.