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Droewyn


September 5th, 2014

(no subject) @ 10:26 am

I am not the world's biggest fan of Christianity, but you know what those folks generally don't do? Get super defensive about groups like the Westboro Baptist Church at the expense of the WBC's victims. There is no widespread NotAllChristians hashtag; the general consensus is that 1. Those people are horrible and 2. They should not be allowed in the Yay Jesus club because they are horrible and therefore do not represent the group's core values. WBC is categorically denounced by basically everyone.

When nerdbros say ‪#‎NotAllGamers‬ in relation to the rampant misogyny found in the gaming community (see *spit* "Gamer Gate"), they're not just absolving themselves of any responsibility to actually think or care about what is happening to the women who work in the industry they claim to love. They're also implicitly acknowledging the legitimacy of the same people they're so anxious to distance themselves from. They're saying "I'm not like those guys who threaten to rape and kill Anita Sarkeesian on a daily basis or committed actual no-shit terrorist acts by "doxxing" Zoe Quinn and Phil Fish... but of course they're still Gamers. They still have a place at the table."

It's kind of hard to see the obvious differences between the good Gamers and the bad ones from the vantage point of the kiddie table, sitting on a broken lawn chair that still has spiderwebs hanging on it from the garage, when all I see is a bunch of guys toasting each other with the good crystal.
 
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From:silveradept
Date:September 5th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Wow. So their "no girls allowed" fantasies are more important than the actual violence being done and threatened to women. Sounds like "gamer" needs to be a word of shame until this shit gets fixed.
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From:droewyn
Date:September 5th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
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It's related to that thing you get whenever the issue of sexism is raised within a particular group: "I don't do that and it makes me uncomfortable to think about that happening therefore it must not actually be happening so why can't these women shut up about this thing that I have decided is not actually a problem because they are making me uncomfortable." Their comfort level is more important than women's mental health, safety, and lives.

Here's a good summary of the *spit* "GamerGate" issue (and how it relates to Anita Sarkeesian's current deluge of death/rape threats): https://overland.org.au/2014/09/game-of-moans-the-death-throes-of-the-male-gamer/

But yeah: "Gamer" is quickly becoming a pejorative term as decent people who enjoy playing video games don't want to be associated with the word, which is enraging the nerdbros further.
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From:silveradept
Date:September 5th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
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That is an excellent summary, and I'm glad I haven't missed any of the specifics of this particular tantrum.

That said, the nerdbros are bringing it on themselves by decrying anything that doesn't fit their narrow definition. The only thing they have going for them is that the industry still fears them enough to listen to them when they bitch.

Droewyn