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Watch Anita Sarkeesian face down hatred and slander

A few weeks ago we reported on Anita Sarkeesian’s XOXO speech on cultural challenges facing games, her work through documentary series Women vs Tropes in Games, and the extreme and violent reaction she and supporters have faced from, as she puts it, “some very angry men.”

XOXO has posted up a video of Sarkeesian’s speech, which includes slides, in which she talks about the persecution, hate and slander she has faced. It’s well worth a look, if only for her walk-through of some of the crazy conspiracy theories she’s faced…

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