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What are some of these extraordinary things that said family is accomplishing? In general, they are serving the goal of neoliberalism: providing obesity-reduction programs for teens in schools where funding was cut, feeding the homeless in a town with no shelter. These makeoverees, in short, deserve a home makeover because they have successfully privatized social services. Indeed, what defines “deserving” was famously outlined in an e-mail from an ABC executive to network affiliates in 2006. The wish list for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition candidates, according to the show’s casting agent, included families containing a child with a serious, preferably rare, illness or families whose safety was compromised by home invasion or robbery.

But I’m not sure that’s the right answer, to remain silent in the face of silencing campaigns designed and calculated to drive us from not just the Internet, but public spaces in general.... ” And we have to keep talking about it because we are at a turning point—one where developers and writers are beginning to take responsibility for their creations, and where gaming companies are seeing themselves increasingly responsible for dealing with troublemakers who play their games. We have witnessed multiple traumas of late, but unlike in the past, the maelstroms seem to be yielding to rainbows rather than whirlpools.

Com The three incidents above were so public and brutal that they raised the profile of harassment beyond the gaming community itself, where debate on the matter has raged for years. Suddenly it was on CBC Radio, in the New Statesman, in the Guardian, in the mainstream feminist press, as well as in other outlets. By August, an article (“In Virtual Play, Sexual Harassment Is All Too Real”) appeared on the New York Times’ front page. 34 | bitch f e m i n i s t r e s p o n s e t o p o p c u lt u r e More people are finally taking notice of the abuse.

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