VidCon Debrief

Wow, this is a Catch-22 if I ever saw one. Both sides of this issue are extremely passionate and have people who will be upset, no matter what. It is true that Saarkesian has the same flaw that many feminists have, which is to think that every situation in the world must conform to their narrative. That’s a problem because just being male doesn’t mean your life will be super easy. It is also true that Carl Benjamin is a whiny baby who refuses to acknowledge his privilege and who thinks he is cleverer than most people. I’m not sure who is right or wrong here. While it is true that Benjamin didn’t say anything AT THE EVENT, believing that howing up as an organised group and taking the front row seats was “innocent behaviour” is a bit of a stretch, especially considering the broader context. Although, this heart-to-heart conversation he had with Laci Green might mean that he is acting in good faith. It’s a tough call. Whatever attitude the organisers took, one side would applaud them for their courage while the other would say they caved. But the fact that the conference had panels on women, race and cyberbullying, I think their leanings in these subjects are pretty clear.

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