But not everyone would interpret it the same way. Just because you meant it one way, doesn't mean other people will interpret it that way.
Agreed, but it's pretty hard to read her comments as an attack on all people who play computer games. She's very clear she's talking about a specific group that marketers aim at.
She should probably have mentioned "John Romero's about to make you his bitch" as an example of a previous case in which the marketers aimed at this demographic and found they'd completely misjudged.
Those guys who made those dongle jokes probably didn't mean offense as Adria Richard interpreted it.
Probably not. It was unprofessional but it's an outrage that they lost their jobs over it, and that Adria felt the need to pillory them for it.
Game devs probably don't mean the sexist things Anita Sarkeesian interpreted in their games.
Correct, and she'd probably be the first to agree. She's pointing them out in part because they're tropes - cliches (for want of a better word) artists put in without really thinking because they're convenient, without the artists thinking about the consequences.
Sarkeesian is not the monster she's portrayed as by GG FWIW. She's not pro-censorship, she's the opposite. She believes criticism, not boycotts and legal action, is the right approach to dealing with what she sees as problematic issues with games. It's very obvious to anyone watching her videos, and seeing, for example, her criticisms of - say - Hitman - in context.
Which is why gamedevs more or less love her.
Ok, then you shouldn't be offended by all the slashdotters coming out to object these articles and feminism in general, unless somehow you are one of them "feminazis" or "SJWs" that they often complain about.
I'm not offended, I object to it. There's a difference.
I object because it means we can't have an adult discussion of how to deal with very real issues of gender (and other minority) problems within our industry. Instead we see every discussion of any article that raises such an issue swamped by an unholy alliance of "I've got mine" men terrified their territory is being stepped upon, misogynists and other bigots, and contrarians who heard some talking point supposedly debunking the notion of sexism and now believe it cannot happen. They swamp the forums, making them toxic, and it becomes impossible to discuss how to solve very real issues in an adult fashion.
As I said in my earlier (now modded troll... seriously?) comment: as a father of a 2yo girl, I'm painfully aware how easy it is to encourage girls to follow paths away from their interests just by referring to it - once even! - as a boy thing. My girl has always shown an interest in Thomas the Tank Engine and found PJs with Thomas on them. I, genuinely innocently being concerned it might not fit her because I don't know if boys and girl's PJs are cut differently, asked my wife and made the mistake of saying they were boys PJs in B's earshot.
That's almost minor compared to some of the things we want to discuss here, though it does relate to this specific story. Promote chemistry sets for boys, and girls will feel they're not "girl's toys" and they shouldn't touch them. But it's not clear that the right solution is to promote "girl's chemistry sets" or if that just exacerbates the problem.
So, pretty please, let us discuss this like adults and if you're not interested in the subject, please walk away. These are not attacks on you. It is not an attack on gamers to say that many games have problematic themes from the point of view of a healthy relationship between the sexes. It's not an attack on comic book readers to say it would be nice to see more superheroines - preferably not overly sexualized. (And I'm happy that both issues are starting to be addressed.)
If acknowledging that sexism exists, that women in particular are steered in negative directions away from their interests by a strict and somewhat insane social setup, that women in tech seem to be getting rather high profile harassment at the moment and that this needs addressing, and that it's probably a good idea for industries to both cater to diverse communities, and to diversify themselves, if all of that and my paternal desire to make sure my daughter has the same opportunities I do, makes me an SJW, then, sure, whatever.
But I'd hope that just makes me a decent human being.