There are some things that cannot be denied:
-There are women on the internet who are being doxxed.
-There are women on the internet who are receiving threats of rape, violence, and death.
-There are women on the internet who are afraid of having that happen to them.
This. Is. Not. Okay.
Guess what. I, too, am a little scared. Who wouldn’t be? Guess what else. I’ve decided that, for me, the message is more important than the danger. I believe in something bigger than myself. I believe in equality.
So, I’m going to speak up. I’m not going to stop talking about this until things change.
It’s easy to tell people that if they don’t like something, to not play it. You know what, though? Women have been told variations of that their whole lives. So have those who are queer, nonbinary, and/or POC. You know how things change? By chaining yourself to the goddamn fence even if it means being clapped in irons. Again.
The truth is, the gaming world is not bad. It’s amazing, and I’m proud to be a part, even now. There are games I like for relaxing (Skyrim, Frozen Free fall, etc.). There are games I like for thinking (Mass Effect, Prince of Persia, Dragon age, etc.). There are games I like for killing shit (WoW, LotRO, Bayonetta, etc.). There are games I like when I just want something to do (Lego Star Wars, etc.). There are a lot of games out there, and many of them are awesome.
I don’t critique games because I hate them. Sure, a lot of them have room for improvement. It’s because I like them, enjoy them, and care about them, that I point out their flaws. I want them to be more equal. I want them to be all they can be. Because I care. And so, I criticize.
Because I love this community and care about it, I want it to be better, as well.
And so, I criticize.
Misogyny is not OK.
Sexism is not OK.
Elitism is not OK.
GamerGate is not OK.
Anyone who willingly associates with a group that is guilty of harassment, doxxing, and abuse needs to seriously rethink their position.
GamerGate is NOT gaming.