John C. Wright is hosting an interview between a #GamerGate and an anti-GamerGate “spokesman” on his website: take a look!
Two observations: saying anything critical of a woman or any subgroup of women automatically makes you misogynist, in the anti-GG eyes. You know, as a woman, I’m incredibly offended at people who label accurate descriptions of certain promiscuous women “misogynist” – the unavoidable implication is that ALL WOMEN are the same as prostitutes, otherwise why would saying a certain woman is of negotiable virtue be misogynist, as opposed to correct or incorrect? THAT is a truly misogynist attitude!
Second: the anti-GGers will give mere passing reference to the actual (long, long list of) ethics complaints, since they greatly prefer to focus on the unhinged trolls. All their power comes from publicizing the trolls’ behavior against their side and ignoring their own trolls attacking the other side. The entire frame of anti-GG is that internet trolls are full of hate (well, DUH) and GamerGate is nothing but internet trolls (it’s not, and they don’t try to prove this assertion, they just keep repeating it over and over hoping the uninformed will believe them) – so aren’t these people BAD! The anti-GGer doesn’t even acknowledge that there are vicious attacks happening against GG women, too. And more than that, even if you discard all the threats from both sides, GG is supporting women that the anti-GG side is literally attempting to silence!
If you’d like a summary of some of what’s happened, including a lot of truly damning information about collusion between games media journalists as well as some people in the development industry and individuals involved in gamer websites, watch this half-hour video:
The bottom line for me is that the GamerGate people are rightfully concerned about ethical judgment and they are fierce supporters of free speech, even speech they don’t agree with, find offensive, and/or don’t approve of, like trolls’ threats. Which is way more than you can say for the anti-GG folks, who are desperately trying to reframe the issue onto “sexism” and their “victimhood” to hide the fact that they are actively engaging in bullying themselves and trying to shut people up as their main focus!
Obviously, I support #GamerGate. This is not sexist or misogynistic, and if you think it is, you are mentally unbalanced and need to get help immediately: