Twitch Streamers Plan ‘SlutStream’ To Raise Awareness Of Online Harassment

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Tomorrow, a veteran Twitch streamer is organizing a day called “SlutStream” for women gaming online to band together and deflate the power of the word “slut.”

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For over a decade, the word “slut” has been under siege. At annual SlutWalks, thousands march in “sexy” attire to protest the idea that women’s clothing or lifestyles could in any way invite sexual violence. In high schools, teenagers are battling the notion that young women who violate dress codes are distractions or unfit for education. Now, Twitch streamers are launching their own effort to highlight how the word “slut,” or slut-shaming generally, can make it hard to live and work online.

“I’ve had a lot of people ask, ‘Why call it SlutStream? That’s just offensive,’” said Kacey “Kaceytron” Kaviness, a longtime Twitch streamer with 500,000 followers. “The whole idea of calling it ‘SlutStream’ is taking the name back and giving less power to it.”

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Kaviness, who has mockingly referred to herself as a “titty streamer,” made a name for herself on Twitch around 2013 trolling and mocking Twitch culture. “People who are upset about female streamers wearing low-cut tops will see [my stream] and say, ‘Oh, yeah, she’s making fun of female streamers acting like sluts for views,’” Kaviness told Kotaku for a 2018 profile. “The way I see it is, it’s making fun of the people who get upset about that.” Eliciting fury and vitriol from self-serious gamers, Kaviness has for years satirized the widespread stereotype that women on Twitch are leveraging their goods for clicks.

Tomorrow, Kaviness and fellow streamer Isabella “IzzyBear” O’Hammon are leading a cadre of Twitch streamers in talking about the word “slut” on the interactive gaming platform. Hosted the same day as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, #SlutStreamDay is raising money for Freedom 4/24, a nonprofit raising awareness of sex trafficking and exploitation.

“We want any and all streamers who stand against the constant harassment and slut shaming of women to stream dressed in ways that make them feel comfortable and raise awareness for a good cause, Kaviness and O’Hammon wrote on Twitter. Kaviness says harassment on Twitch happens no matter how women dress: “If you’re a female on this website, you’re going to be slutshamed by somebody.”

#SlutStreamDay will take place tomorrow. Over the phone, Kaviness and O’Hammon strategized on what to do if Twitch’s algorithms rain on their parade. Despite streamers’ efforts, it’s ultimately on the company to govern the harassment that takes place on it—an effort that’s can clearly be improved as harassers continually bypass whatever protections are currently in place. O’Hammon says she can’t write the word “slut” in a stream title; Kaviness, who is a Twitch partner, says she can. “Just put a dash where the U is,” O’Hammon suggests.

Senior reporter at Kotaku.

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DISCUSSION

Guys,

If your attention is held by cleavage, an attractive face, or a shapely body in the absence of what you consider to be “compelling content,” then that’s a result of you thinking with your dick, rather than being the erudite consumer of online entertainment you believe yourself to be.

If you are led to spend money because someone bats their eyelashes at you, sends you a flirty emote, or might sell you some used bath water, that’s a result of you thinking with your dick, rather than being the rational, detached, logical creature you believe yourself to be.

If you feel the need to use the word “slut” in a derogatory fashion to describe women who dress in a way that they find to be comfortable because you either cannot or will not control your sexual urges, that’s you being a dick, rather than being the sole defender of the last bastion of morality and class you believe yourself to be.

TL;DR (for this section of my never-short diatribe): Don’t be a dick, don’t think with your dick, and you won’t have problems with streamers or offline women who dress in a fashion they find comfortable. If it draws your eye, fine, but it’s your eye being drawn—they’re not reaching into your skull and redirecting your helpless eyeballs for you.

And to the “dress code” thing: It’s been twenty years since I was in high school, but I definitely remember being a teenager—and the absolute idiocy of the hormone-addled lump of grey matter that masqueraded as my brain during that time in my life. Despite the fact that I probably would’ve stuck my dick in a light socket (if it isn’t clear I’m being hyperbolic for effect here, I don’t know what to tell you) if I could’ve gotten away with it back then, I was still in control of my words and actions.

Same thing applies now. If every young woman around you is wearing yoga pants and you happen to find backsides attractive, it’s on you to develop the self-control and respect for others required to focus on your schoolwork and other aspects of your day, rather than some young woman’s backside. It’s not on women to change their mode of dress to protect your fragile masculinity and need to excuse your lack of discipline/self-control with, “But she was dressed like she wanted it!”

...want to call yourselves men? Act like it. Little boys whine about how it’s someone else’s fault. Men figure their shit out and take ownership of their actions, words, and lives.

Signed,
-Another Hetero Dude