One of the world’s largest creative funding platforms, Kickstarter, has become increasingly popular over the last few years. The website allows people who have creative ideas to post those ideas online and anyone that sees it and believes in said project can donate to it and help make it become a reality.
While I do enjoy Kickstarter and what they normally do, they went under fire this week for a project that was discovered guided men to act very questionably towards women.
The project was to fund the production of a book called Above The Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome by Ken Hoinsky. The book was supposed to be a guide for men who apparently had little luck with the ladies and to help them better understand what women want and how to get them. While it sounds like another one of those harmless and ridiculous “what women want” guides, excerpts from the guide seem to tell a bit of a different story.
Some of the chapters from this guide were posted by Ken himself onto the popular social news site, Reddit. It starts off fairly graphic and only seems to get worse with it possibly promoting the idea of sexual assault and having no respect for boundaries or women in general. If you care to read the posts from this “guide”, you can do so here.
Since the discovery of the content, Kickstarter has admitted that it was wrong not to pull the project but explained why they didn’t.
In short, they couldn’t pull the project because they found out about its content two hours before it actually ended and they had missed the window for it. And unfortunately there was no taking back money from the project because the supporter’s money went from them straight to the creator and had also missed the window on that.
Kickstarter has now issued a full apology and have removed that project’s page from their website, banned all “seduction guides” from being on the website and will be donating $25,000 to an anti-sexual violence organization called RAINN.
While it is a shame that this was allowed to happen, it’s nice to see that the people over at Kickstarter are taking responsibility and trying to make up for this mistake.