Sooooo....it seems that during this week, among other things, the independent game designer Zoe Quinn and the the cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian had to leave their homes because their addresses were posted online and people were threatening to rape and murder them. I know less about Quinn, but I have been following Sarkeesian's Feminist Frequency for a couple years now and have found her videos, despite flaws, insightful and timely. She's become, nevertheless, an infamous case of the extent to which online harassment can go, with this most recent example being the cherry on top the shit sundae that this situation is. She's posted a lot of what people have said to her online, and it's really disturbing, gross stuff. Hell, I don't even think you would say a lot of the things that were messaged to her to someone who punched you in the face.
All this has left me depressed about the state of the gaming/online world as well as really, really, really confused as to WHAT precisely these women, and others like them, are doing that is seen as so terrible that they get harassed to a disgusting extent on what sounds like a constant basis. I've heard a variety of responses, from that people feel safe saying whatever they want to online due to the (increasingly-nonexistent) anonymity, or that this is all due to some fear that women being an bigger part of the game world, or even critiquing some elements of the game world, will do...something...that will forever alter all games everywhere, but really? Hacking people's personal information and threatening to RAPE and MURDER someone over THIS? Kinda seems like a inappropriate /bordering-on-the-psychopathic response.
I would like to know what exactly is the rationale for so many people spending so much of their time threatening bodily harm to women in the gaming community, because I really can't see any justification for this kind of behavior.
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