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angelsgreed said: Thoughts on gamergate?
I believe that GamerGate is a misogynist movement and that even if it wasn’t it is deeply misguided. When you look at who they choose to single out and go after, the list is primarily comprised of women. When it is men, they are going after those men for calling them out and for standing up for the women being targeted.
They went after Phil Fish primarily cuz he was one of Zoe Quinn’s most vocal supporters. When Moot said /v/ wasn’t the place for GamerGate nonsense, they immediately jumped to the conclusion that his girlfriend was responsible for “turning him into a SJW”.
It is not just individuals doing this. Many of those idolized by the movement are misogynist, some of them pretty openly so. (See: Nero) When you look at the voices the movement prioritizes, you consistently see white men and anti-feminist white women like CH Sommers. It’s hardly a coincidence. GamerGate as a movement serves primarily white, male interests, so of course the biggest voices are going to be those people.
While games journalism does also have a pretty big race and gender problem, driving women away from the industry doesn’t help that problem.
Who’s been driven away? Women like Jenn Frank, Mattie Brice, Lana Polansky. Jenn Frank is an amazing writer, but last I saw she seemed to have given up on writing because of this. Mattie and Lana, while not directly targeted to my knowledge, seemed to have given up on being voices in the industry because of this. Many of those currently involved in GamerGate are the same ones who drove Samantha Allen away months ago.
GamerGate would also like very much to drive away Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn, as well as others. They’ve certainly been doing their damnedest, and I am every day impressed that they remain committed to the industry after all of this.
"But not everyone involved in GamerGate is a misogynist!" I never said they were. What I have said is that the actions and the leaders of the movement are, and that the movement as a whole seems to target based on an overwhelming degree of misogyny.
"But there are women and queers and non-white people in GamerGate!" There are women and queers and non-white people in the Republican Party. Doesn’t change that Republicans want to take away women’s bodily autonomy. Doesn’t change that Republican policy is incredibly anti-queer. Doesn’t change that Republican policy is super fucking racist. Besides, it’s not as tho people can’t be bigoted against groups they belong to. It is in fact possible to be a woman and also a misogynist.
(Please don’t accuse me calling every woman in GamerGate a misogynist when I JUST SAID not all members are misogynist)
"You’re distracting from important conversations about ethics and corruption!" or "You think there isn’t corruption in games journalism?" I do think there is corruption in games journalism. We live in a capitalist society and journalism is a business. I don’t think it’d be possible for there not to be corruption.
However, GamerGate is targeting the wrong people and targeting for the wrong reasons, and doing that doesn’t accomplish anything positive toward stopping corruption. Conversations about corruption and games journalism are nothing new. We’ve been having them since before GamerGate. We just don’t want GamerGate controlling the dialogue. I don’t want them participating in that dialogue at all.
"But what about the good people involved in GamerGate?" I’ve talked to some of them. Given a lot of my energy having conversations with them. Some even helped me report an abusive troll who’s been stalking me for about a week. There are good people, but it doesn’t change what I believe about the movement as a whole.
You know what my favorite thing about the Pokemon TCG is? The attack names:
And my all-time favorite:
I have a feeling I’ll be reblogging this several times.
when you find out your friend likes furries
amazing that there are living humans out there who have chosen to label other groups of people “justice warriors” and align themselves as directly opposed to them. opposed to justice. look in the mirror. tell yourself “i hate justice”. do you feel like a batman villain yet.
Gamers: Games are art.
Gamers: These aren’t games.
Every time I check out the tumblr of someone who responded with an ignorant reblog and they turn out to be a teenager, I weep.
Excuse me, let me butt in with thoughts against feminism and is something racist as well as try to point out corruption in the game industry. Furthermore,
"Hi, I’m a 17 year old egalitarian. I’m against hate! I’ll respond to whatever idiots I want. I love Zelda, Sonic, Mega man, and DONT YOU SAY THEYRE BAD SERIES"