Feminism and the UN

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Like most people, over the past couple of weeks I have been following the plight of the Syrian refugees as their misfortunes and struggles have been aired on prime time TV,  I have also  asked myself what organisations such as the United Nations are doing to try to bring the fighting in Syria to a peaceful conclusion.

So I decided to have a look at what has been going on in the world of the United Nations this past couple of weeks, to say I was stunned by some of the issues they were addressing would be an understatement. I mean,  I have to ask you how on earth feminism in the world of computer games even reached the agenda of the United Nations? Here we are with wars taking place all over the place, young women being kidnapped in Nigeria, women in Darfur being raped and murdered, thousands of people being killed and displaced because of all the strife, greedy leaders and politicians still lining their own pockets whilst the populations they ‘lead’ starve, students going missing in Mexico, Russia in the Ukraine, global warming charging ahead unabated and the United Nations in New York this week are listening to two young women who seem to think the most important issue is whether or not people agree with their opinion on the internet and whether or not their non agreement with them constitutes aggression, I have rarely seen such an example of blatant self indulgence!! My initial thoughts were ‘who are these selfish individuals who clearly have their own agenda and their own take on the world’.

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Anyway, I like to think that if nothing else I am a fair minded individual, so rather than condemning these two women immediately I thought it prudent to do some research on them and this issue of aggression on the internet, after all I’m not a supporter of aggression in any form but I do support the principle of freedom of speech, and my gut feeling was that these two young women only supported their own freedom of speech. I was also curious as to why they would be given time at a United Nations meeting, after all it’s not everyone that gets this opportunity, irrespective of the issue they want to raise, so one of the burning questions then became ‘did this issue merit having the time spent on it’ or was it a case of ‘not what you know but who you know’.

So what have I discovered so far, well I now know that both Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn are considered to be 3rd wave feminists and ‘social justice warriors’ whatever that might mean, but essentially they seem to believe they are fighting the corner of we poor run down, abused, disenfranchised women of the world, who have been so overpowered by misogyny that we are no longer capable of recognising it, so need them, on our behalf, to attack misogyny in all it’s horrendous forms. Interestingly it appears mainly to be a white male trait rather than a male thing – mmmmm strange delineation!!

It’s always good to know there is someone looking after your best interests and it would be nice to think that is what these two women are doing, but sadly their behaviour is far from looking after the interests of the rest of the ‘sisterhood’, oh no, they have quite another agenda which makes it all the more surprising that the United Nations should have anything to do with them. I don’t know how ,many people out there are familiar with these two people, but certainly they are not preaching feminism in any form I am familiar with or would wish to be associated with; but stating that will immediately condemn me to the group so indoctrinated by misogyny that we cannot recognise it!! This suggests that if you don’t agree with them you are deemed incapable of holding a reasoned discussion or opinion – it reminds me of when I was a child at school and those who didn’t agree with the bully could not be in their ‘gang’ or join in their games. Given their ages I thought this type of behaviour was grossly immature, after all if you are going to put forward an opinion you must expect it to  be challenged.

Anyway undaunted I gave them the benefit of doubt as I carried on researching who they are, I now know them to be journalists/ bloggers/ critics in the computer games industry but from what I have unearthed they are clearly not exactly popular in their writings, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong. I am a great supporter of defending anyone against aggression,  and as we know it can take all manner of forms, I was delighted to see that both Zoe and Anita were against rape and violence towards women, but I was horrified to see some of their communications with the internet world, these two people claim to have been threatened with all manner of violence but has any one looked at the violence they themselves advocate and the threats they have issued!! What is even more concerning is that they seem to be able to gain the ear of influential parties being given air time by both the United Nations and Congress, this raises questions about the morality of those people in these organisations. It is an insult to those women who have fought for many years to gain equality for women, yes there is still some way to go but nothing like the picture being portrayed by Anita and Zoe, they talk about the sexualisation of women, what about the sexualisation of men??  Oh yes Zoe and Anita it exists. Now as a feminist I believe in equality of genders but I DO NOT believe in women taking control of men just as I don’t believe in men controlling women. So ladies if sexualisation of women is wrong it is equally wrong to sexualise men so you need to be addressing that issue with Coke a Cola and Visa card to name but two organisations guilty of this behaviour.

Another major concern is the redefining of some terminology, Anita and Zoe have talked about mind rape and other equally odd forms of rape, this is completely inappropriate, you clearly have little thought for anyone male/ female who has been raped, if you had any empathy for the victims of rape/ violence you would not be trivialising the terminology in this way.  I do think these ladies need to clean up their act, they are certainly not representative of me or the majority of women, if they were truly interested in the rights of women they might start to take a greater interest in what’s happening to women in the real world, and please DO NOT start to tell me it’s because men are driven to violence by computer games, I would venture to suggest there’s more to be concerned about in the wider entertainment world, I mean have you seen some of the rap videos out there, switch the volume down and you could just as easily be watching a porn movie.

So what conclusions have I reached so far – well clearly this issue has absolutely nothing to do with the United Nations, and its members need to be far more circumspect in who they give audience to. The members of the UN are paid from the public purse, their role is supposed to be focused on peace keeping and international cooperation not listening to two bleating, whinging spoiled children who clearly don’t like having their opinions challenged and who need to get over themselves. It is NOT the role of the UN to pander to the feelings of such narcisitic self important, immature individuals.

There is a need for the UN to ensure that research links referred to in their reports on the organisations meeting are real and obtainable or it brings the credibility of the organisation into question, as I said these people are paid from the public purse and I might say they are handsomely paid, so the least they can do is check the authenticity of information they are publishing.

Should this issue have been raised at the UN — well women’s rights have been discussed in this arena before by such people as Malala Yousafzaia, I think it an insult to this young woman to have Anita and Zoe at the same venue, not because they are talking about computer game violence but because they themselves advocate violence and seem incapable of using the English language without redefining it to give words new meaning. So in short, yes everyone’s  rights should be raised at the UN, but it should be done by individuals who command the respect of others including those who disagree with them. Lets be honest whether or not you agree with the presentations of either Malala or even David Beckham neither of them are guilty of promoting violence towards others, they are equally not guilty of sexism or racism and god knows Malala has more rights to be sexist that anyone, unfortunately the same cannot be said for Anita and Zoe.

To go back to my first point which was why were computer games even on the agenda when there are so many more important issues for the UN to be addressing, I have found nothing to provide a responsible and clear answer as to why this issue was included and frankly the UN have more important matters to be dealing with, this comes across as indulging two little girls who have ‘connections’ hence the reason they were there in the first place.

Who knows perhaps this was the UN still trying to salve it’s conscience following the inaction of it’s troops when women were publicly raped and men and children were murdered in front of them  in the Bosnian war of the 90’s.

The UN would better redeem itself if it became a decision making organisation instead of a pontificating, expensive, toothless tiger!! It’s members need to get on with trying to resolve world issues through international cooperation, that’s what it was set up to do, not to pander to young women who clearly have their own agenda and who’s behaviour is itself questionable.

I believe in freedom of speech and equality, but I would venture to suggest from the brief research I have done into Miss Quinn and Miss Sarkeesian that the only freedom of speech they advocate is their own and equality has no place in their world!!

And so to both young ladies I extend this thought, whilst the ideology of female equality is right and proper your interpretation of the word equality is completely wrong, you seriously need to address your attitude to the opposite gender, this is not a war, for heavens sake there are enough of those to be dealing with already. If, as you say, you have the interests of women at heart then go out and speak to the women you profess to be championing, I think you might find few supporters of your particular stance on this issue. In addition if you are not just out to serve your own particular interests by trying to boost your journalism readers in the gaming world, then I would like to see you becoming more interested and involved in the serious female issues such as circumcision, forced marriage, physical penile rape, not some fantasy nonsense and gross misuse of the word.

So sorry girls but get your act sorted out and stop contemplating your own navels, if you ware really committed to feminism you will change your approach and take this advice, if not you will continue down this road of self bleating and feeling sorry for yourselves so achieving nothing what so ever for women. You will of course as is right and proper choose your own destiny, but for god’s sake

STOP SAYING YOU ARE DOING THIS FOR ME – YOU ARE NOT!!

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