wilwheaton
By design, Gamergate is nearly impossible to define. It refers, variously, to a set of incomprehensible Benghazi-type conspiracy theories about game developers and journalists; to a fairly broad group of gamers concerned with corruption in gaming journalism; to a somewhat narrower group of gamers who believe women should be punished for having sex; and, finally, to a small group of gamers conducting organized campaigns of stalking and harassment against women.
 
This ambiguity is useful, because it turns any discussion of this subject into a debate over semantics. Really, though, Gamergate is exactly what it appears to be: a relatively small and very loud group of video game enthusiasts who claim that their goal is to audit ethics in the gaming-industrial complex and who are instead defined by the campaigns of criminal harassment that some of them have carried out against several women.
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It’s Gamergate (via wilwheaton)


"There is a reason why, in all the Gamergate rhetoric, you hear the echoes of every other social war staged in the last 30 years: overly politically correct, social-justice warriors, the media elite, gamers are not a monolith. There is also a reason why so much of the rhetoric amounts to a vigorous argument that Being a gamer doesn’t mean you’re sexist, racist, and stupid—a claim no one is making. Co-opting the language and posture of grievance is how members of a privileged class express their belief that the way they live shouldn’t have to change, that their opponents are hypocrites and perhaps even the real oppressors. This is how you get St. Louisans sincerely explaining that Ferguson protestors are the real racists, and how you end up with an organized group of precisely the same video game enthusiasts to whom an entire industry is catering honestly believing that they’re an oppressed minority.”

Bold portion is also what they did deliberately. Knowingly. In order to make themselves look righteous. They knew they needed to do that because they knew it wouldn’t look that way because they knew they were not in the right to begin with. Look at that time stamp. Look at the understanding that they’d be “spreading the story.” See how they only care about racism when it’s a weapon they can wield to shut up feminists?

sleepynegress

sleepynegress:

nicereadvelma:

dottierthanthou:

iammisstt:

darlablovesichabbie:

synthetic-hearted-midgardian:

Let’s take a look at what this character has done:

  • broke off a loveless engagement to a prick
  • worked to make a new, free nation
  • worked as a nurse and saved lives
  • told off Ichabod about how he was being a blind British idiot the…

Oh dear…. First, most of your bullet points on the possitive contributions from Katrina actually turned out horribly bad for man kind since she saved the Horseman of death and gave birth to the Horseman of War. Had she married Abraham (like the original story) maybe non of this would have happened IJS.

Second, She has no agency. Don’t blame the fans, Ichabbie shippers, or critics and reviewers for pointing this out. blame the writers, who pandered to the Mary Sues and kept Katrina alive with no story. Sadly by the time we do see some “magic” no one is going to care.

Third,she did not tell Crane what would happen if he tried to rescue her. She knew he was going to because he told her he was going to. She didn’t think twice about leaving Abbie. She gave her a worthless necklace and neglected to tell her about Moloch’s Mirror. (Huge thanks to Andy for actually helping).

Finally, The reason she stayed behind is lame. No one thought Moloch or the horsemen would just give up and go away. That was not new or valuable information. They once again did a lot to save her, and she blew it. And she’s a terrible spy.

That is all the time I am going to devote to this.

Actually she knew because she ASKED HIM to save her, that was pretty much one of the few things she made sure to squeeze into their first oh-so-brief-and-useless purgatory meet-up. But not in that or any of the following encounters did she ever happen to mention that if he does make it into purgatory, he’ll need to bring a throwaway soul to leave behind. 

+++ to everything else. 

Hold the fuck up. Are you seriously saying that a woman refusing a loveless marriage to a man who is clearly unbalanced and dangerous is a NEGATIVE choice?

NAH. That’s the one point in her favor. That’s the one thing we’ve seen her do (even if it’s via flashbacks) that DOES show agency. That Abraham choose to sell his soul is not on her, she deserves no blame for not foreseeing it nor for ‘being his reason.’ That’s all on his head.  Arguing other wise is like saying that teenage girl should have just said yes to the prom invitation from the teenage boy that ultimately murdered her.  ~For the greater good, just give entitled and unhinged men whatever they want.~

I’m no Katrina fan, by far. There are plenty of reasons to dislike her and be disappointed with her. You don’t need to be abandoning principles to do it.

I believe she is saying that had she stayed with Abraham none of the fucked up shit that happened would have, which is the truth. So, yes it was a good choice for her…that also killed a bunch of innocent people.

A point to her favor, yes, in favor of an evil!Katrina with (hopefully) some agency.

Plus, given Katrina’s lack of interest in Ichabod until she found out that he was a Witness, she might not have pursued him for love in the first damn place.

I could stan for a calculating evil Katrina, but this "Oops! I only had good intentions, when I fucked everything up and brought harm to everyone I know!" shit she is pulling now, is just one of a myriad a reasons why rightfully so many despise that character.

Nope. Katrina not marrying Abraham led to them not being married. That’s it.

It’s not her failing that she didn’t psychically glean that he’d sell his soul and become The Horseman. EVEN IF SHE DID, it’s fucked up beyond belief to say a woman should have lived a life married to a man with a such a tenuous hold on sanity, morality, his temper, etc instead of saying the sadistic monster shouldn’t have CHOOSEN TO BECOME AND AGENT OF EVIL. If she did learn of his plans using witchcraft or something, of all of the possible choices, including ones that have AGENCY like battling him, warning Washington about him, using magic herself, calling in the coven to contain him or prevent  his actions… that people think she should have agreed to marry him and let him fuck her? Come on.

Not returning the affections of a man does not make a woman culpable for his violence, ever. Should some woman have slept with Elliot Rodger? Should Anita Sarkeesian shut the hell up so that people stop calling in bomb threats and threatening to shoot up college campuses? Think this through.

Katrina is a crappy character. She might be an obstruction to our ship. That doesn’t make this line of thinking okay.

dottierthanthou

dottierthanthou:

iammisstt:

darlablovesichabbie:

synthetic-hearted-midgardian:

Let’s take a look at what this character has done:

  • broke off a loveless engagement to a prick
  • worked to make a new, free nation
  • worked as a nurse and saved lives
  • told off Ichabod about how he was being a blind British idiot the…

Oh dear…. First, most of your bullet points on the possitive contributions from Katrina actually turned out horribly bad for man kind since she saved the Horseman of death and gave birth to the Horseman of War. Had she married Abraham (like the original story) maybe non of this would have happened IJS.

Second, She has no agency. Don’t blame the fans, Ichabbie shippers, or critics and reviewers for pointing this out. blame the writers, who pandered to the Mary Sues and kept Katrina alive with no story. Sadly by the time we do see some “magic” no one is going to care.

Third,she did not tell Crane what would happen if he tried to rescue her. She knew he was going to because he told her he was going to. She didn’t think twice about leaving Abbie. She gave her a worthless necklace and neglected to tell her about Moloch’s Mirror. (Huge thanks to Andy for actually helping).

Finally, The reason she stayed behind is lame. No one thought Moloch or the horsemen would just give up and go away. That was not new or valuable information. They once again did a lot to save her, and she blew it. And she’s a terrible spy.

That is all the time I am going to devote to this.

Actually she knew because she ASKED HIM to save her, that was pretty much one of the few things she made sure to squeeze into their first oh-so-brief-and-useless purgatory meet-up. But not in that or any of the following encounters did she ever happen to mention that if he does make it into purgatory, he’ll need to bring a throwaway soul to leave behind. 

+++ to everything else. 

Hold the fuck up. Are you seriously saying that a woman refusing a loveless marriage to a man who is clearly unbalanced and dangerous is a NEGATIVE choice?

NAH. That’s the one point in her favor. That’s the one thing we’ve seen her do (even if it’s via flashbacks) that DOES show agency. That Abraham choose to sell his soul is not on her, she deserves no blame for not foreseeing it nor for ‘being his reason.’ That’s all on his head.  Arguing other wise is like saying that teenage girl should have just said yes to the prom invitation from the teenage boy that ultimately murdered her.  ~For the greater good, just give entitled and unhinged men whatever they want.~

I’m no Katrina fan, by far. There are plenty of reasons to dislike her and be disappointed with her. You don’t need to be abandoning principles to do it.

dottierthanthou

dottierthanthou:

Note to self: When checking tags, especially before bed, start with the ones that’s gonna make you hate people/tumblr/everything and end on the ones that will restore your faith in humanity and good people (ie: sleepy hollow, ichabbie, miharie, shady hollow, freaky hollow - IN THAT ORDER).

I need this reminder to pop up on Twitter every night after 10pm.

      “Do you really wanna read this hashtag right now? Don’t you want to get some sleep tonight?”

dottierthanthou

fandomsandfeminism:

superhappy:

cognitivedissonance:

After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.

BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?

BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?

The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

This. Is. Not. OK.

This is terrifying

I’ve decided that the “death of gamers” (in the actual sense it was written about, not in the bizarrely spun sense GGers portray it) is not happenin fast enough. Let’s move it along, shall we?

I’m never going to call myself a gamer again. I don’t think other women should either, especially since we’ve had to be distinguished as “gamer girls” because “gamer” always meant men, anyway. I’m tired of trying to expand the definition of gamer. Largely because “gamers” have pushed back and refused to allow it, refused to acknowledge that the people who are actually playing games are not all white and straight and male.

Fine. Let them have it. Let us dwindle the numbers of who calls themselves “gamer” down to just who they’ll ~allow~

Everyone that is appalled by harassment, death threats, rape threats, doxxing, etc etc? We’re not going to be “gamers” anymore.

Everyone who has ever told someone else that we play games and that person replied with, “Really? YOU play games? I wouldn’t have thought…” We’re not “gamers” anymore.

Everyone who has ever heard or read a sneer aimed at casual gamers and felt that sneer was aimed a us? We’re not “gamers” anymore.

Everyone who’s ever been “tested” by a gamer to prove we actually play video games? We’re not “gamers” anymore.

Everyone who has ever heard or read bigoted chatter in multiplayer and had to spend chunks of their playtime muting the people who said it? We’re not “gamers” anymore.

Everyone who has played a game that itself featured content that was bigoted and felt unwelcome because even the developers think we’re less than human? We’re not “gamers” anymore.

They can have the word. And once we’ve whittled down the “gamer” population to the most vile, hateful, violent, sexist, racist, and homophobic filth to ever darken the threshold of Gamestop, we can press developers and publishers to abandon their preconceptions of who their audience is and play (and make) some kickass MUTHAFUCKING VIDEOGAMES.

dottierthanthou

creepingmuse:

This episode was great, but I’m not here for the way the only female historical figure the show has named was basically painted as boy crazy and unfaithful. At the time of the Continental Congress (1775), Betsy Ross was married—a love match she had to elope for, and which caused a rift in her Quaker community. And we’re to believe she was chasing Ichabod Crane into broom closets? Not okay. Do better.