Let's Talk: Why #NotYourShield Misses The Point
The problem with this video, a collection of personal testimonials from people (largely women and other minorities) who claim to support #NotYourShield
for a variety of reasons, is not that men are evil or that games or bad or that people should be silenced or that women can't be reasonable people with differing opinions. The problem here is that #GamerGate
as a collective has failed to illustrate even one example proving its entire point: that there is widespread and harmful corruption in video game journalism. By supporting #NotYourShield
you are approving of a community and a collective ideology. You can't say that you approve of #GamerGate
without also approving of the opinions, actions, and impression of the group overall, because that's all that it is.Here's a Breakdown of What's Not Right With This "Movement"
• A video game developer formerly being close to someone who works for a video game review site which gave her game a review from a different author is not even slightly
corrupt. Zoe Quinn was in no way conspiring to gain favorable reviews, and in any case a small, free, indie, otherwise-low-key video game getting favorable reviews has no inherently significant impact on gamers or the gaming industry whatsoever.
• Anita Sarkeesian is a media analyst whose opinions are neither hateful nor uncalled for. It is simply impossible for the majority of the threats against her to have been fabricated since they were publicly made by real Twitter accounts, many of whom have been active (some of which also blatantly anti-feminist) for a long time.
has been completely and irrevocably characterized by hate speech, threats of violence, and rampant sexism. This is not due to manipulation by either its victims or the mainstream video game media. This is because that is what the vast majority of GamerGaters have chosen, particularly those who founded the "movement." #GamerGate
would not exist as a movement were it not primarily fueled by the shaming, threatening, and silencing of feminists among video game journalism. This wouldn't be the case if the collective had any real argument for their cause of repairing the "corruption" in journalism; however, since the group has no significant persuasive purpose beyond
hurting women, it will likely never be able to mean anything more.Are GamerGaters Really Being Silenced?Obviously
everyone regardless of sex, gender, and sexuality is capable of having a unique (or mainstream) opinion and no one should be silenced simply for having their own opinion. However, no one (I repeat: no one) in the #GamerGate
movement is being silenced. Statistically speaking, threats against people for supporting #GamerGate
are inconsequential compared to the sheer deluge of violent language against feminists. The fact that some people (not even a majority by any means) in the video game journalism field are feminists and disagree with #GamerGate
does not mean that the media has some kind of oppressive bias. Maybe it just so happens that their perspectives are valid? Furthermore, just because this video consists of primarily female or queer people does not mean that it has jack shit to do with the makeup of any ideological group, feminist or GamerGater or otherwise. This video does not disprove the argument (however true or untrue it may be) that #GamerGate
consists primarily of cisgendered, heterosexual, white men. People Can Support Causes That Actually Hurt Them
Actually, let's take that last point a step further. Regardless of the actual demography of the #GamerGate
groups, they are still arguing for
the privilege of cisgendered, heterosexual, white men. By supporting a movement which slut-shames, denounces feminism, and refuses to respectfully accept or even acknowledge the well-rationed, well-documented arguments that mainstream video game culture objectifies women and that it seeks overwhelmingly to appeal to the interests of cisgendered, heterosexual, white men, even non-cisgendered, non-heterosexual women of color can undermine the cause of equal, respectful representation and equality for all genders. People are perfectly capable of supporting causes which undermine or hurt them, though this is usually done out of misunderstanding. They can also support causes which might seem to help them as individuals but which undermine a group or group(s) to which they belong.
You should probably read my whole before commenting. But, if you must:TL;DR: The #GamerGate and #NotYourShield "movements" do not have a valid case for corruption in video game media or for their own widespread persecution. It is impossible to support #GamerGate without also supporting the hate speech and violent threats which characterize it because #GamerGate is itself nothing but a hashtag whose associated posts largely have no other plausible cause or argument. A small handful of people are not necessarily representative of movements as a whole, and they are certainly capable of acting against the interests of the broader groups to which they belong.