Donald Trump’s election win has opened the floodgates for entrepreneurial social justice warriors looking to make a dollar. Riding on the wave of fear that his presidency will result in the marginalization of women, LGBT people, and ethnic minorities, organizations like Feminist Frequency have turned on their donation buttons to get money from panicked progressives.
While some companies like feminist-conscious fashion brands The Outrage and Kaelen have announced plans to donate all their proceeds to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, which provide services well beyond hashtag activism on Twitter, some organizations have only made vague promises with rhetoric about “intersectionality” and not much else.
On the Feminist Frequency website, the woman best known for riling up the gaming community with hackneyed commentary about sexist tropes in video games, Anita Sarkeesian, launched a donation drive that banks on the Left’s fear of a Trump presidency.
Pointing out that “women, people of color, trans and queer folks, and many others” have been targeted in hate crimes, Sarkeesian reminds her followers that the pervasive elements of “sexism, racism, and bigotry” must be addressed in mass media — essentially blaming entertainment for everything wrong in the world.
“That’s what Feminist Frequency does – and our work is critical right now,” as if criticizing episodes of Westworld for misogyny is going to change anything.
Sarkeesian goes on to state that her organization will commit the entire month of December to “helping you find clear ways to join in defending and promoting the equitable treatment of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities – online, in the media, and at all times.”
Because nothing says “social justice” like complaining about how Batman’s cloak obscures his butt.
But to make that happen, you need to give her your money because it’s the only way to “help us to continue embracing feminist values, rejecting sexism, and challenging all forms of unjust representations of individuals and communities.”
If you’re a progressive liberal with money to spare, there’s no shortage of good charities to donate to, many of which help disadvantaged girls and women, persecuted minorities, and those living in poverty across the globe. Giving your money to an organization the only contribution of which to society is regurgitation of Wikipedia entries on lesser-known female figures in history and cherry-picked examples of sexism in video games isn’t the best course of action.
Alternatively, you could always be this comedy genius.
In fact I will donate ten thousand dollars to Donald Trump if he adds to his platform on his website "Keeping gaming free of SJW influence"
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) August 3, 2015