12 Dec 2014 06:16

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With the holidays coming up, writing in my diary is going to take second priority to, well, everything else.  That's one of the (possibly intended) consequences of being shouldered with society's unpaid labor; in that being busy with everything else leaves little time for social or political activism - just the way #GamerGate, antifeminists, and other Anti-SJWs want it.

I have thought about hanging up my #GamerGate critique hat - for a while, anyway - not just because I am busier than usual, but because of how goddamn easy they have made it for us feminists and other SJWs to make our point.  It's almost like they're doing the work for us, just by making utter fools of themselves on the Internet.  Yes, like shooting fish in a barrel.

I am no stranger to controversy.  Well, this is the Internet, after all.  This is the last place anyone looks to make (dare I say) radical statements and expect anyone to even listen, let alone agree.  Ruffling feathers is a typical consequence of being the one to say what no one else will; even if they are loathe to admit that they were thinking the exact same thing.  

The results of rolling up my sleeves and saying what needs to be said are almost always predictable - but sometimes amusing, depending on the situation.  The situation with #GamerGate would be incredibly hilarious, if it weren't for the fact that they are causing real harm to women and feminists with heinous threats and driving them out of their own homes.  And, for the pièce de résistance - they may in fact be paving the way for a physical attack to happen under the pre-emptive strike that any physical harm to someone would simply be an anti-GG "false flag" operation to garner sympathy.  Step away from Alex Jones, and back away slowly, please.

These are the actions of a hate campaign gone berserk, because they know for a fact that the silent majority regards them with a jaundiced eye.  Any closer look at the personalities involved in starting and maintaining #GamerGate shows a complete lack of regard for the basic human rights of others; soundly putting down any benefit of the doubt that they have once been given.  Once you go down the road of resorting to bigotry and threats, it is very difficult if not impossible to win the trust of the public back.  They know this, which is why they are careless and desperate.  

Take, for example, KingofPol - high ranking #GamerGater, holocaust denier, and general retrogressive whackadoodle posted a tweet that #GamerGate is needed because he loathes that Swedish women are choosing to have interracial babies instead of just white ones - and hell will freeze over before he sees "vidya games" resemble anything close to diversity.

What he didn't think of, is that by posting this, the MRAs are going to have to pull an all nighter and completely re-write their talking points memo conspiracy theory that feminism is repackaged white imperialism.  Considering that Sweden is one of the most progressive countries in terms of women's rights; antifeminists are now worried about what happens when feminism takes over an entire country.  Hint:  not white imperialism.  And we have KingofPol to thank for showing everyone how progressive feminism really is.  

This conveniently comes after my post highlighting #GamerGate's fascist ideology and the fact that women's rights are the key to ending white imperialism.  Please, by all means, tell me again how mean and cruel it is to suggest that white people take a good long look at how they treat themselves and others before multiplying themselves into oblivion, again.  Or, as my favorite saying goes:  I told you so.

Or, how about when I posted that it was problematic for #GamerGate to post on a website known for sexualizing children in the name of "Free speech" when they are supposed to be a movement supporting ethics?  Remember how mean and cruel I was for suggesting that #GamerGate as a whole has a problem for tolerating child abuse by sharing the same platform with admitted pedophiles?

No, you literally cannot make this shit up.  #GamerGate is literally home to those who do not understand why sexual abuse is not okay, and does nothing when rape is compared to being told to eat your vegetables.  Not only is this a slap in the face to every sexual abuse survivor on the face of the planet; it's creepy and sickeningly paternalistic in it's tone that a male forcing sexual acts upon a woman is like a father telling his daughter to eat her vegetables.  And the Internet goes:  Ewwwwwww.

And while #GamerGate insists that any critique of their movement is simply "guilt by association," why are they publicly thanking Anti-SJWs, antifeminists, MRAs, ect for their involvement?  If /r/KotakuInAction is the respectable face of #GamerGate (I type this for lawlz, because it is a piss poor one at that), and if #GamerGate isn't populated with abusive sexist retrogressives; then why congratulate the very toxic personalities and statements you say you aren't responsible for?  If antifeminism is not the full summation of #GamerGate, then why is /r/KotakuInAction flooded with antifeminist threads?

These are the folks who claim that #GamerGate is going to "save Western civilization" as if what they are doing collectively even constitutes civilized behavior at all.

This is one out of many examples of what #GamerGate tolerates as acceptable discourse along with jokes about Brianna Wu's dying pets.  Hint:  joking about any harm to animals isn't ethical.  It's called being a sociopath.  

And yet!  Despite all this, after the constant stream of hate, lies, victim-blaming, and character assassinations; they still don't get why people don't agree with them.  Is it really possible for people to be this stupid?


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  •  What about gamergte captivates your attention? (0+ / 0-)

    A woman needs only to exit the house to be found by the nuts co-located who we avoid every day...that this seems more like entering a  frat house and being concerned that the guys are not acting like gentlemen...

    Carry on, I'll support any effort to selfmanage internet safety, but I suspect we need to first civilize our family households and public space to be as safe for women and children as our workplaces (not the highest bar but miles higher) before we can hope to civilize virtual locker rooms.

  •  Is #GamersGate still a thing? (0+ / 0-)

    I thought only the pro-GG fanatics (and their victims) were still really following it?

  •  I never heard about this. (0+ / 0-)

    But it sounds like one of those things that would be better to ignore, lest you give them even more PR and suck up a chunk of your own life railing against this to no avail.  

    Best Scientist Ever Predicts Bacon Will Be Element 119 On The Periodic Table

    by dov12348 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 at 08:59:30 AM PST

    •  At a certain point.... (0+ / 0-)

      .... you're not attacking a movement, but a particular form of mental illness. Tens of millions of people play video games. (Twenty million copies of Skyrim have been sold, for instance.) That a few of these people are a public menace in ways that unfortunately are traditional in certain circles is not news and probably not even avoidable. One might argue for the more violent of them to be sent to prison for assault when they make explicit threats, but do you want our internet connections to be tracked to the degree that would be necessary to do that? It's one of those things that could easily turn around and bite you.

      This is the landscape that we understand, -
      And till the principle of things takes root,
      How shall examples move us from our calm?

      (Mary Oliver, "Beyond the Snow Belt.")

      by sagesource on Mon Dec 01, 2014 at 09:08:10 AM PST

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      •  I understand. My point is (0+ / 0-)

        it appears worse than hopeless to try and do anything about it.

        Best Scientist Ever Predicts Bacon Will Be Element 119 On The Periodic Table

        by dov12348 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 at 09:12:09 AM PST

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