The internet’s most beloved geek, Wil Wheaton, calls out misogyny in gaming, and confronts the men who attack him for doing so. Incredible.
Wil Wheaton, mensch.
Here’s the thing, though. To assume that the misogynist fuckheads and the people who think gaming journalist is dirty (of which I am a part) are part of the same camp is incorrect, the same way that assuming the people defending Zoe Quinn’s personal life (of which I am a part) and the ones screaming “NO VAGINA, NO VOICE” are the same group of people.
There will always be extremes, and no one with a level head is going to agree with or support them.
It’s frustrating to me that an honest discussion about bias in the game industry (which has been a problem since the 1990s, for various reasons) cannot happen because the opposing side yells “misogynist”, even when the story in question was never brought up. And then it’s blamed on the actual chauvinist dumbfucks who yell “feminazi” right back.
So those of us who just want a discussion get nothing, because the people who plug their ears and yell the loudest (surprise) plug their ears and yell the loudest.
And yeah. There are extreme feminists (the ones taking things way too far, no issue here with feminism itself) trying to shut down the journalism discussion, just like there are misogynists trying to shut down the feminism argument.
Because people love a good strawman.
I’m not defending anything the people threatening Anita Sarkeesian did, they’re monsters and deserve a visit from the men in black suits, nor am I defending anyone suggesting that feminism is trying to bring down gaming, or any of that narrow-minded bullshit.
What I am defending is the people who agree that misogyny is bad, but would also like to discuss the only-one-foot-smaller elephant in the room, which is journalistic integrity and industry bias.
Why isn’t there a panel to discuss the state of game journalism?
(Source: twitter.com, via seshra)