Hello, schmetterlings. Yes, it's been a long time. |
People that I have been admiring, and following on twitter for some time, have been issuing blanket statements against #GamerGate. By choosing to remain true to my opinion of the schism that exists, I have been effectively called a terrorist, a Klansman, an "internal misogynist", a cancer, a sockpuppet, a supporter of patriarchy, rape, death threats, and various terms for excrement. A sex-negative slut-shamer. A troll (well, guilty on that one, but not in the manner they intend), a Breitbart/Drudge adherent, a stalker.
I am none of those things. I am a 42 year old, cisfemale, bisexual, polyamorous, PC and console gamer. I have survived cancer twice, I am a survivor of sexual abuse, I am not able-bodied or neurotypical. I am a feminist. I have been a victim of stalking, harassment, rape and death threats, both online and off.
I don't think Zoe Quinn OR Eron Gjoni are good people. I could be wrong.
I think Anita Sarkeesian should give me the 35 dollars back that I pledged to her Kickstarter back in the day., but that's not going to happen. I think that she's delighting in stirring the pot. I could be wrong.
I think that Joss Whedon, Felicia Day, Jon Scalzi, Chris Kluwe, and many other people that I have ardently admired...are entitled to their opinions, but I don't know where they have gotten their information from, because so much that is being pumped through the MSM and its subsidiaries is terribly biased. And some of the aforementioned people have said some ugly, castigating, and nonconstructive divisive things, and I am personally very hurt...by people I have never met, and outside of conventions, likely never will.
I don't like Adam Baldwin's politics but I have been nodding my head at much he has been saying about #GamerGate.
I have been reading as much as I can, for the past two months, about #GamerGate. There is very little neutral reporting being done about the situation, and that in itself speaks volumes.
Tensions are high. Tempers are flaring. ON BOTH SIDES.
There have been privacy breaches and crimes committed,; doxxing, threats, what have you.. ON BOTH SIDES.
Boogie has been a very rational voice throughout all of this...which has served to get him doxxed by the anti-GG side, something that has gone ignored (and may I cynically suggest it's because he is a white cismale?). http://boogie2988.tumblr.com/
Other than that...I have had to piece my opinion together by reading between the lines from every possible source. I no longer trust the Gawker media to be objective, or many other gaming sites, because, hello, this really IS about ethics in gaming journalism, and they've all circled the wagons.
I am not happy with this. I am only one person, yes, but I am weary of the hyperbolic flailing being perpetrated by BOTH SIDES.
I'm going to go play WoW and Diablo III and Puzzle Pirates and use games as the escapism that they are designed for. Azeroth is an imperfect world, but at least I am only judged on my button-mashing skills there.
And at least there, I can find solutions. I don't have any for #GamerGate.