Freedom In Wickedness

It is a consistent theme in past cultures that elite courtesans were often the only truly free women. They were women of intellect, education, and power in worlds which denied that a woman could be anything.

It's time to reclaim that heritage.
This, of course, ignores the fact that Jesus was executed for political subversion, not for miracles. The Roman government didn’t care about *anything* other than maintaining profitable stability and control over the region, and the Jewish government only cared about the miracles insofar as they established Jesus’ authority independent of, and in conflict with, their own. You’ll notice that at no point was Jesus ever charged with witchcraft or anything similar to that; he was charged with blasphemy (and even that only under a blatant kangaroo court).

This, of course, ignores the fact that Jesus was executed for political subversion, not for miracles. The Roman government didn’t care about *anything* other than maintaining profitable stability and control over the region, and the Jewish government only cared about the miracles insofar as they established Jesus’ authority independent of, and in conflict with, their own. You’ll notice that at no point was Jesus ever charged with witchcraft or anything similar to that; he was charged with blasphemy (and even that only under a blatant kangaroo court).

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im like samus aran in that I also am a huge trans lady who curls up into a ball a lot and I shoot blue projectiles that freeze things, they're my tears

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durkin62:

Samus was adopted before the age of freaking three by fucking aliens and they referred to her as female. She’s cis, go cry me a river about it.

Lmao like the Chozo know or care about human XX or vagina. She has a…

[I eat dicks]

Literally all I have to do is point out that you claiming the Chozo would apply a human understanding of body types and chromosomes and a human cultural understanding of gender and sex to anything is bullshit and that you are assuming their culture and science approximates our own and I win.

That’s all I have to do. :)

Because your assumption that the Chozo have similar culture underpinnings to us and that those underpinnings influenced their advanced science is required to claim Samus is cis.

And that assumption is not only baseless, it is absurdly unlikely. They’re not only more advanced, they are hugely biologically divergent from us and have a radically different culture from us just based on the “went from warlike to respecting every planet peacefully and quietly observing”. Your assumption is ridiculous and laughable, like your logic. :)

So I win. You lose. Please cry harder. <3

[I EAT ALL THE DICKS]

Even Nintendo says her sex is female. Her creators say she’s female. Saying she’s transgendered defeats to point of “gurrl power”

Trans women are female. Trans women are women. Trans women have “gurl power”. Lmao stop eating dicks.

Excuse me? That’s really rude.
I except head cannons as HEAD cannons. But Samus Arron is biologically female. She’s not trans, it’s shown in lots of official artwork that she is in fact a cisgendered female. Zero suit Samus comes to mind.
ALSO, keep in mind Samus was created in the 80’s. The 80’s weren’t as progressive as we are now. Not every character is transgendered. I understand there isn’t a lot of transgendered characters. But don’t go after mainstream video games. Indie games are the best candidate for finding transgendered characters.
Also Samus is a badass bounty hunter she has no concern for What sex she is, it actually would make more sense if she had severe anxiety or ptsd. maybe not trans female but a trans man. Or maybe binds her chest to keep her breasts from flopping around. But the great thing about Samus is her sense of duty, even if there might be some gender dysphoria. But would be in the moot with all the shit going down, but she ignores it.
Yes transgendered women are women. BUT Samus is cisgendered women. Sorry, but your theory is wrong.
But I know your going to call me a shit lord, ignorant, Ableist, cishet scum. Because calling you out and criticizing you is the “worst possible thing”. Or just tell me to “eat your ass” or “quite sucking dicks”.
Because reason is the work of the devil.

You’re wrong though.

Not only does the official artwork not show she is cis, it yields zero information about whether she is cis or trans. Even zero suit samus and samus in her bathing suit. It just shows a tall, big, muscular woman with breasts and blond hair.

If you’re using breast size as a determiner, you’re wrong and ignorant because many trans women get sizeable breasts, even large ones, from hrt.

The tall, big and muscular parts are actually more likely to be found in trans women, backing me, not you.

Plus one the developers said she was a newhalf in an interview and it didn’t seem like he was joking so boom (the shithead who wrote the article acts like he’s joking but there’s zero reason to claim he is and the measurements for samus turned out to be canon and the article writer thought that was a joke too so lmao. content warning for sh***ale slur in the shitty translation)

You’re wrong, I’m right.

And I don’t need to say anything else to you about it because reason is behind me and all you have is whining ignorance :D

Slurs? I think your the ignorant one personally. Samus isn’t a transfemale, trans man is the one more likely like I pointed out. You also mentioned hormones, when would Samus ever have the time to take said hormones. Also Samus’s vario suite looks masculine. Why would a trans female have a suit that looks very masculine? But you don’t care. Which upsets greatly.
She can be trans, but not a transfemale.

"OMG Samus being a trans woman defeats the whole point of girl power"

"She could totally be a trans man instead"

…Jesus pigfucking christ, are cis people even for real? 

I said she could possible trans man with no time to transition or just straight up cis. “Guuurll power” is sarcasm. Completely based on a fan theory. Just saying trans female because x and y. But I say she could be trans male or cis because of how she acts in her surroundings. Not from were she came from of or just fuck you that’s why. Chances are your cis acting trans. To be “the kool kid” and how do you even know I’m cis? Because I don’t agree with a head cannon and explain why it doesn’t work.

LOL, yeah, I’m totally a cis chick who managed to game the system into providing me with testosterone, chest surgery and a total hysto. You know, so I could be ‘cool’. You’re not very good at this, are you? Look, your utter cluelessness combined with your raging hard-on for Samus to be literally anything but a trans woman makes it fucking obvious that you’re cis. Whining about trans men having ‘gurl power’ and totally ignoring the fact that punwitch linked to the article where Samus’s creator comes right out and says that she’s a trans woman? Really? Get the fuck over yourself and stop making cis people look bad. Pig-ignorance isn’t a flattering look, honey.

I’m done with this shit. This whole shit is fucking retarded. The original post is retarded. How is cis a insult? Or is it just to undermine my opinion. I hope you realize I was talking about HEAD CANNONS for Samus. Head cannons as in not true, a theory. Your implying Samus is in fact a trans women. When the fact of her being a boy is completely by chance. She’s not officially trans.
And Im pretty sure her creators think of her as a cis chick.
So I’m not the ignorant one. Your in the wrong.

Amazing. Even with the evidence staring you in the face, you’re still in denial. Why are you so heavily invested in Samus being literally anything but a trans woman? And don’t give me that ‘gurl power’ shit- it’s pretty clear that you’d be happier with her being an actual (closeted) dude than being trans.

I told you. HEAD CANNONS.

What, it messes with your head canon and therefore you must froth at the mouth over it? Your posts have been rambling, disjointed, full of unclear and/or nonsensical sentence fragments- not exactly helpful, you know. All I can really tell for sure is that you don’t like trans women and hate the idea that Samus is trans, and funnily enough, I’m not especially interested in putting a lot of effort into decoding your absurd ranting. If you can’t be bothered to make yourself clear, I’m going to assume that you’re just doing this for the sake of being unpleasant.

Fine ill show my points
*samus isn’t officially trans
* it doesn’t make sense for Samus to be a trans female, but maybe a trans man
* the way op wrote the post is saying Samus is a trans chick and its a hundred percent cannon. Which is untrue.
* she a very busy women I don’t think she has the time to deal with her issues.
*im not against trans women, but not every character has to be a trans women

It actually is a hundred percent canon, because the Metroid developers explicitly said Samus is a “shemale” in an official interview which was published in the official Japanese game guide for Super Metroid. There is zero basis for dismissing that comment as a “joke”, especially in light of the fact that other details about Samus from the same interviews has been consistently used into the rest of the series (like her beauty mark and figure).

Thematically, it would make absolutely no sense for Samus to be a trans man, because the ENTIRE POINT of the “surprise reveal” in Metroid was that this badass space bounty hunter turned out to be a girl, and not a guy like everyone expected. It would be a zero interest, zero significance non-event if she was a trans guy.

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im like samus aran in that I also am a huge trans lady who curls up into a ball a lot and I shoot blue projectiles that freeze things, they're my tears

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Samus was adopted before the age of freaking three by fucking aliens and they referred to her as female. She’s cis, go cry me a river about it.

Lmao like the Chozo know or care about human XX or vagina. She has a…

[I eat dicks]

Literally all I have to do is point out that you claiming the Chozo would apply a human understanding of body types and chromosomes and a human cultural understanding of gender and sex to anything is bullshit and that you are assuming their culture and science approximates our own and I win.

That’s all I have to do. :)

Because your assumption that the Chozo have similar culture underpinnings to us and that those underpinnings influenced their advanced science is required to claim Samus is cis.

And that assumption is not only baseless, it is absurdly unlikely. They’re not only more advanced, they are hugely biologically divergent from us and have a radically different culture from us just based on the “went from warlike to respecting every planet peacefully and quietly observing”. Your assumption is ridiculous and laughable, like your logic. :)

So I win. You lose. Please cry harder. <3

[I EAT ALL THE DICKS]

Even Nintendo says her sex is female. Her creators say she’s female. Saying she’s transgendered defeats to point of “gurrl power”

Trans women are female. Trans women are women. Trans women have “gurl power”. Lmao stop eating dicks.

Actually, one of the creators of Metroid that she was “a shemale”.

How’s than for canon?

Whoa wait what? Show meeeeeee I want to see!

It’s in the developer interviews section in the official Japanese strategy guide for Super Metroid. One of the questions they asked each of the interviewed devs was they asked for a secret about Samus that only that dev knew. For example, Yoshio Sakamoto’s answer was that he knew where her beauty mark is (this was actually revealed to the public in Other M; it’s the mole on her chin). Hirofumi Matsuoka’s answer was, direct quote, “Samus isn’t a woman. As a matter of fact, she’s actually a shemale.”

I hate the way cis people (de)contextualize trans lives, don’t you?

Uhh. Canonically Samus is not trans, besides the whole alien DNA infusion thingy she’s a regular cis woman.

Having proper trans characters are ok, but trans-ifiying other characters for the fun of it is just… No ( and this comes from a person who has made Female Tails artwork, with the exception that originally Tails was female and was kept like that until Sega of America butchered up the translations then shit kept ambiguous on Japanese territory )

So it’s okay to headcanon genderflipped versions of characters, but it’s not okay to headcanon trans versions of characters, or even to restore a character who was explicitly declared to be trans by her creators, and is only implied to be cis by later material? You are an epic hypocrite.

Again, Matsuoka explicitly declared Samus to be a trans girl. This is a clear and unambigous statement of the original creative team’s intent for the character; any later material is a retcon, and given Western biases, should probably be considered out-of-character cultural censorship.

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im like samus aran in that I also am a huge trans lady who curls up into a ball a lot and I shoot blue projectiles that freeze things, they're my tears

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sunshinebloodhorse:

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durkin62:

Samus was adopted before the age of freaking three by fucking aliens and they referred to her as female. She’s cis, go cry me a river about it.

Lmao like the Chozo know or care about human XX or vagina. She has a…

[I eat dicks]

Literally all I have to do is point out that you claiming the Chozo would apply a human understanding of body types and chromosomes and a human cultural understanding of gender and sex to anything is bullshit and that you are assuming their culture and science approximates our own and I win.

That’s all I have to do. :)

Because your assumption that the Chozo have similar culture underpinnings to us and that those underpinnings influenced their advanced science is required to claim Samus is cis.

And that assumption is not only baseless, it is absurdly unlikely. They’re not only more advanced, they are hugely biologically divergent from us and have a radically different culture from us just based on the “went from warlike to respecting every planet peacefully and quietly observing”. Your assumption is ridiculous and laughable, like your logic. :)

So I win. You lose. Please cry harder. <3

[I EAT ALL THE DICKS]

Even Nintendo says her sex is female. Her creators say she’s female. Saying she’s transgendered defeats to point of “gurrl power”

Trans women are female. Trans women are women. Trans women have “gurl power”. Lmao stop eating dicks.

Actually, one of the creators of Metroid that she was “a shemale”.

How’s than for canon?

Whoa wait what? Show meeeeeee I want to see!

It’s in the developer interviews section in the official Japanese strategy guide for Super Metroid. One of the questions they asked each of the interviewed devs was they asked for a secret about Samus that only that dev knew. For example, Yoshio Sakamoto’s answer was that he knew where her beauty mark is (this was actually revealed to the public in Other M; it’s the mole on her chin). Hirofumi Matsuoka’s answer was, direct quote, “Samus isn’t a woman. As a matter of fact, she’s actually a shemale.”

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im like samus aran in that I also am a huge trans lady who curls up into a ball a lot and I shoot blue projectiles that freeze things, they're my tears

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Samus was adopted before the age of freaking three by fucking aliens and they referred to her as female. She’s cis, go cry me a river about it.

Lmao like the Chozo know or care about human XX or vagina. She has a dick and XY and told the Chozo…

I agree with you on the rest, but the notion of “junk DNA” is long obsolete. We’ve found an actual purpose for most of what was previously thought to be “junk DNA”, so there’s very little cleanup to do.

I think I left school before we found that and I’m not well versed on the exacts. Cool though, I’ll go take a look

I remember hearing something about this so I looked it up on wikipedia

"Some specific sequences of noncoding DNA may be features essential to chromosome structure, centromere function and homolog recognition in meiosis.[40]

According to a comparative study of over 300 prokaryotic and over 30 eukaryotic genomes,[41] eukaryotes appear to require a minimum amount of non-coding DNA. This minimum amount can be predicted using a growth model for regulatory genetic networks, implying that it is required for regulatory purposes. In humans the predicted minimum is about 5% of the total genome.

There is evidence that a significant proportion (over 10%) of 32 mammalian genomes may function through the formation of specific RNA secondary structures.[42] The study used comparative genomics to identify compensatory DNA mutations that maintain RNA base-pairings, a distinctive feature of RNA molecules. Over 80% of the genomic regions presenting evolutionary evidence of RNA structure conservation do not present strong DNA sequence conservation”

yeah looks like according to our understanding of DNA some has to stay noncoding, and then a lot of it is simply to help structure. I’d still say there’s a lot of room for chozo to improve it though.

It’s not just that — what they’re talking about with the “growth model for regulatory genetic networks” is that it turns out a huge amount of the “junk” DNA turns out to actually function as the control sequences for the parts that actually code, regulating how stuff turns on and off, how it develops and repeats and such. I actually did a bunch of work on this as an undergrad, because my summer student research was carried out under the Nobel Laureate who pioneered a lot of this knowledge.

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im like samus aran in that I also am a huge trans lady who curls up into a ball a lot and I shoot blue projectiles that freeze things, they're my tears

durkin62:

punwitch:

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Samus was adopted before the age of freaking three by fucking aliens and they referred to her as female. She’s cis, go cry me a river about it.

Lmao like the Chozo know or care about human XX or vagina. She has a dick and XY and told the Chozo…

I agree with you on the rest, but the notion of “junk DNA” is long obsolete. We’ve found an actual purpose for most of what was previously thought to be “junk DNA”, so there’s very little cleanup to do.

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As a work of architectural art, OMG AWESOME. As a home to actually live in? NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE OMG NO.

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Why GamerGate Is Destined To Fail

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What Is GamerGate?

It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi.

Okay, But What Is GamerGate Really?

GamerGate has been disingenuously framed as a grassroots campaign of gamers “concerned with the quality and integrity of video game journalism.” The campaign is, in truth, an effort to fold in, rehabilitate, and retroactively justify a previous campaign of blatant gender-based harassment against a female videogame developer for the capital offenses of having (a) a vindictive ex-boyfriend and (b) friends within the industry.

GamerGate is a campaign run by people who don’t understand what a real conflict of interest actually is, and who would institute standards of disclosure and prohibition on reporting so restrictive as to essentially disqualify all actual journalists from the space. They sincerely believe that the mere act of patronizing a developer precludes one from objectively reporting on that developer - a standard more stringent than that found in political reporting, and for a field of journalism that is far less important.

Yet even if GamerGate’s proposals were reasonable (they’re not), it wouldn’t matter, because no matter how noble its purported aims, the campaign sprung up from one of the most noxious onslaughts of sexism to rock the gaming industry in years, and a not-insignificant number of its proponents continue to engage in that harassment to this day, tarnishing the rest by association. #NotAllGamers, you say? Tough. Welcome to the word of open-invite politics, where anyone who lays claim to a movement is technically part of that movement. See also: the Tea Party. You live and die by your worst members, and right now, your worst members are utterly and openly putrid.

Admittedly, the Tea Party has managed to do well for itself in certain parts of the United States, so why couldn’t GamerGate? The answer is simple: The stakes are too low to stomach the vitriol seeping out of the movement’s underbelly. The Tea Party, laughable as it may be to some, seeks to address real-world issues impacting the country at large, where lives, jobs, and communities are actually at stake. That people within the games industry sometimes hook up doesn’t quite rise to that level of seriousness.

GamerGate, at its core, is about a woman being denied sexual agency. Yes, there is high-minded rhetoric about a lack of integrity in journalism, but with a curious inability to point to any examples of inaccurate journalism that can be traced back to any sort of influence-peddling. It is impossible to see the tenuousness of these claims and the ferocity with which they are made as anything but overcompensation for what gamers have done to Zoe Quinn. And the refusal to admit this is only making it worse.

The Unflattering Genesis

For those unaware, GamerGate can be traced back to a single event: The Zoe Post.

In short, indie game developer Zoe Quinn was recently made the subject of a novella-sized blog entry by her scorned ex-boyfriend (“The Zoe Post”), who laid out a sordid and overwrought tale of interpersonal betrayal. His professed goal was to “warn the public” as to what kind of person Quinn supposedly is. The immediate reaction was predictable: burner Twitter accounts began to pillory Quinn with cruel invective, memefying her alleged infidelity and hounding her on every corner of the Internet.

Around this time, digital hazmat teams were deployed by many websites to stop their message boards from being used as coordination hubs for harassment campaigns against Quinn. The hue and cry of “censorship” reared its head, forming one of the core conspiracies of GamerGate: that the upper echelons of the gaming industry attempted to suppress any discussion of The Zoe Post to protect “one of its own.”

This is where accusations of corruption begin to fall apart. Zoe Quinn, while certainly a colorful personality in the gaming industry, is not by any means a power-player, and her peers are not beholden to her from any sort of financial or publicity standpoint. How easy would it have been for Kotaku et al. to run stories on The Zoe Post and rake in easy ad revenue thereby? They forfeited these opportunities, however, in the name of integrity and an attempt to elevate the collective image of the gaming industry – to show the world that we are not captive to sub-TMZ levels of malicious voyeurism.

Yet as the old adage goes, you can’t save someone from themselves. With members of the press refusing to validate The Zoe Post as an actual story, schoolyard cruelty turned to outright animosity. The details of this chapter are highly disputed, yet simultaneously unimportant – whether Quinn was “doxxed,” or doxxed herself for attention, there is no doubt that the campaign against her hit a fever pitch of venom and outright misogyny. One way or another, gamers were going to make Quinn into a headline.

And it worked.

The press finally took notice, but not for the reasons that GamerGate proponents wanted – they had unwittingly become Exhibit A for why the gaming industry was still widely considered a cesspool, unbefitting the respect accorded to traditional media. Quinn was a victim, and the gaming community her assailant. Well done, gamers!

The Incredulous Transformation Into GamerGate

To most outside observers, the discussion of Quinn was not only highly offensive, but downright embarrassing for the community at large. It was a tawdry affair with no real public interest component, one conducted with a high school-level of maturity, and the fact that so many gamers seized on it with such fervor only reinforced the “man-baby” image that our industry has been trying to shed for years. The refusal of the gaming press to validate it was, in fact, an attempt to save the community from itself. But the community made clear that it wanted nothing more than to set itself on fire.

At this point in time, it was safe to say that the campaign against Quinn had been a failure. If the intent was to ruin Quinn’s personal life, her detractors certainly came close – she and those around her endured weeks of harassment and personal threats, made even worse by the suggestion that they not “feed the trolls” by fighting back against the torrential abuse. Yet Quinn’s professional life had never been more secure. Her Twitter followers went up by 50%, Patreon funds flowed in, and the industry realized more than ever how much it needs people like Quinn – people capable of revealing just how much adolescent rage and misogyny still exists amongst rank-and-file gamers.

Quinn’s detractors quickly found themselves on the receiving end of some well-justified scorn for how they had collectively conducted themselves. They realized that, in order to gain any sort of foothold into legitimacy, they would have to shift focus away from “Zoe Quinn is an awful person” as their mantra, as too many of their members could not resist dragging Quinn’s irrelevant sexual exploits into the discussion. Instead, they attempted to seize on the one kernel of The Zoe Post that might conceivably serve as a springboard for objective critique: Zoe Quinn once dated a video game journalist.

Seriously. That’s all they had.

Gamers Put On Their Journalism Hats

The story goes that Quinn got into a relationship with a guy shortly after he wrote a piece on her involvement in a scrapped webseries. The guy then went on to write for Kotaku, where he never reported on Quinn again. Somehow, this non-story got spun into a whole web of accusations about bias and corruption in the media, failing to identify a single instance of alleged bias in the journalist’s writing. Even now, people still accuse Quinn of sleeping with journalists to generate good press and/or reviews for her games, yet have been unable to provide any examples of this actually occurring.

The hysteria of GamerGate has, amongst other things, reduced the concept of a “conflict of interest” to absurdity. Are gamers simply unaware of how industry - not just video gaming, but any industry - functions? Do they think restaurant critics are not friendly with chefs? Film critics with actors? Music critics with musicians? Without relationships, there can be no reputation-building, no insight, no nuance or holistic understanding of subject matter. To reduce every point of interest to a presumptive conflict, as GamerGate does, both fundamentally misunderstands and kneecaps journalism, and will inevitably result in journalists getting worse, not better.

The unfortunate thing is that there is certainly corruption and a lack of ethics in many pockets of the video game industry’s journalistic wing. Suspect sponsorships and payola have been standard for years; anyone remember when Jeff Gerstmann got fired from GameSpot way back in 2007 after writing a middling review of Kane and Lynch, advertisements of which were plastered all over the website? Where was GamerGate back then? Why did it take The Zoe Post, a story utterly bereft of actual corruption, to galvanize gamers into pushing back against these entrenched practices?

No matter how desperately GamerGate proponents try to sweep this detail under the rug, the fact is that they only got truly interested in this subject when there was a woman to sexually shame for it. And that’s more damning than anything in The Zoe Post.

The Oppressors As Victims

Right out of the gate, GamerGate has only managed to find traction as a data point in a wider discussion of sexism and persecution in the video game industry. It is a desperate attempt to put a constructive gloss on what started and continues to operate in the shadows as a vehicle for gendered abuse and scorn. And so the narrative has taken another turn, this time towards “gamers” as an oppressed minority, vilified simply for wanting a certain level of decorum in discussion of them and their activities.

I’ll let the irony sink in for a moment.

The big problem with that angle is that GamerGate proponents conflate the act of gaming with their self-ascribed identify as gamers. Gamer doesn’t simply mean “one who plays games” – rather, it describes those who build a lifestyle around games, who emotionally invest in gaming subculture, and who take an active interest in the internal politics of gaming. And many of those so-called “gamers” are, in fact, the ones who were first to seize on The Zoe Post in its nascent, most prurient stage. Before anyone was interested in “journalistic integrity,” it was gamers launching incendiary volleys of slut-shaming Quinn’s way, choking her Twitter feed with blatant harassment.

Gamers are not being vilified for the mere act of playing games. They’re being vilified for constructing and nurturing a subculture that readily allows fiascos like The Zoe Post to take hold. One simply doesn’t see this level of sustained, community-based harassment in other spheres of media; not even comic book nerds would have the gall to conduct themselves in this manner. To throw up one’s hands and whine “#NotAllGamers!” is to abdicate any responsibility for taking care of one’s own house - a house that desperately needs tending before termites destroy the whole foundation.

Video gaming has come a long way in the past decades, from being a niche nerd hobby to now constituting a multi-billion dollar global industry. Attempts to shed its reputation as the #1 hobby of stunted man-children, however, have been regularly stymied by the “core” fanbase of gamers who perceive any critique of their subculture as a personal affront, one requiring not merely a retort, but retaliation. It is this childish mindset that prohibits many gamers from perceiving what is and isn’t fair game in a discussion.

In case they need it spelled out, the number of people someone has slept with isn’t fair game. Nor are weak gestures at legitimate issues when they operate as Trojan horses for gendered animosity. And until a sufficient number of community members digest that lesson, the remainder must accept that they will be judged alongside their brethren.

Don’t like it? Tell your brethren to knock that shit off.

Why GamerGate Won’t Succeed

The preceding should make it abundantly clear that the ostensible overarching goals of GamerGate have been entirely subverted by the muck and mire it crawled out from. The prevailing headline is not about any journalistic crisis in video gaming, as the GamerGate community has failed to provide any journalistic product that demonstrates inaccuracy linked to bias. Instead, the headline is about how gamers attempted to destroy a woman’s entire life (additionally targeting anyone in the blast radius for the sin of proximity) largely based on alleged crimes of gender.

(Again, #NotAllGamers is irrelevant. They were gamers. They came from the gaming community. They did it in the name of gaming. And they get away with it because of the nature of the gaming community’s prevailing subculture, which many gamers continue to defend in substance, if not in form. The community is culpable for what it births, and that culpability grows every time its member try to sweep the abuse under the rug.)

Whether or not you agree with the preceding capsule summary is irrelevant – that’s the headline. It’s the one that’s been carried from The Guardian to Time Magazine, with only a handful of low-level webzines and YouTube channels buying the GamerGate version of events. And every subsequent attempt to change the narrative has only collectively dug the community in deeper as it runs from one corner of the Internet to the next, desperate to avoid a mea culpa - to find something, anything, to exonerate it, instead of lifting a finger to try and help the people hurt by its own members.

This is the conduct of children. This is the conduct of screaming toddlers unable and/or unwilling to admit the extent to which they transgressed, desperately deflecting to purported issues of substance in the hopes that enough flailing and kicking will make everyone forget what got them in trouble in the first place. This is why gamers are infantilized – because they so often act like infants. And GamerGate won’t change this perception, because it’s an extension of that infantile aversion to responsibility.

Conclusion

Let’s not mince words: GamerGate is stillborn. It will not be salvaged by a public relations cleanup. No number of cute mascots or appeals to broader principle like censorship or journalistic integrity will negate the damage its members have done to their own cause, simply because the cause is not one of sincere origin. It would be as if the Ku Klux Klan (or a group that includes members thereof) tried to convince the public that their real concern is high levels of inner city crime created by low-income residents – knowing where the Klan came from, why wouldn’t their superficially legitimate concerns immediately be seen as suspect?

(A note for the slow: No, this is not to compare all gamers or GamerGate proponents to Klansmen. It is to say that the foundational movement of GamerGate, borne of The Zoe Post, is a heinous one, and the linkage between the two still manifests to the detriment of every single constructive element of the campaign’s current form.)

If gamers really want to make a positive impact on the perception and function of their community, they will get their priorities straight. The first goal should be to make sure what happened to Zoe Quinn can never happen again – at the very least, not on the appalling scale that it did. After that, maybe we can start to talk about those ”standards of conduct” that were curiously absent from GamerGate’s entire first act.

(via punwitch)

Sign this petition to remove a transmisogynistic page from Facebook

nyulgbtq:

From the change.org petition:

There was a page on Facebook called Gender Identity Watch, a severely transphobic group. The group creator, Cathy Brennan, has continually made it a process of exposing transwomen who were not voluntarily ready to come out. She and her followers find out where transwomen live and work, and then proceed to out them to their co-workers and/or boss/manager. This is highly dangerous as depending on an area, the transwoman in question may be subjected to further harassment and possibly even threats of violence which can be traumatizing. 

The original Gender Identity Watch page took MANY months to remove, solely because Facebook kept passing it off as a non-violent page. But it was successfully removed, and surely, only a few hours later, Cathy Brennan had made yet another page, calling it Gender Identity Watch Reloaded. She is presenting a threat to the lives of many transwomen and their families, and Facebook seems to be letting it happen. We need the Facebook team to develop a stricter set of guidelines for dealing with such pages. They must not be tolerated.

Please sign this petition so that it lessens the dangers of a transgender person being outed and potentially placing them in a very traumatizing situation. This could happen to someone you know and love, be it a mother, daughter, cousin, or niece. Please help us keep people safe.

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Was Ray Rice punished twice for the same conduct? Apparently, he was

section9:

Absolutely.

Ray Rice got two games for hitting his wife, and an indefinite suspension because Goodell & Co. didn’t have the balls to do the right thing to begin with.

I’m willing to bet this is what it comes down to: the NFL leadership does not give a shit about domestic violence. The only reason they punished Rice at all was they knew it would seriously affect their PR image if they didn’t at least punish him a little; they upped the punishment when the video went public because the video makes it crystal clear to the general public just how much of an abusive piece of shit he was being, and that meant the league suddenly need to impose more punishment to protect its reputation.

In the end, I don’t care about Ray Rice’s “rights” within the NFL; I care that although justice still was done, he at least got a larger piece of what was coming to him for being an abusive shitheel.

(Source: kingjaffejoffer)

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tonidorsay:

As ever, the cis woman (now a highly questionable statement given the 4chan commitment to pretending to be radfems) chooses to be violent while calling for “solidarity”.
Much like the way that the KKK called on all “Decent, god fearing Americans” to support them against the incursions into communities of people of color.

tonidorsay:

As ever, the cis woman (now a highly questionable statement given the 4chan commitment to pretending to be radfems) chooses to be violent while calling for “solidarity”.

Much like the way that the KKK called on all “Decent, god fearing Americans” to support them against the incursions into communities of people of color.

(via tonidorsay)

On HRC’s “Apology”

Only an extraordinarily naive and foolish trans person or an “ally” with no actual skin in the game would believe a word coming out of Chad Griffin’s mouth. HRC has a consistent pattern of stabbing trans people in the back and then issuing a beautifully worded apology crafted by their PR people a few years down the line, only to stab trans people in the back again the moment an opportunity arrives. Chad is not saying anything here that Joe didn’t say right before the great ENDA betrayal of 2007.

What’s the saying — fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me? HRC doesn’t get another chance until they apologize with far more than pretty words.

tonidorsay:

dave-so-cool:

heathenist:

Anime is finally a reality

what a time to be alive

Nearly 30k notes, and I *know* there are people who think this is real.

(Source: nico-ahegao)

Anonymous said: Some trans men DO experience rampant misogony, because they are misgendered or seen as "not real men". Your points are still valid, but a huge population of trans men still are not at all treated as cis men. It's all about 'knowing'. If others 'know' you're a trans man, then you won't be treated the same as a cis guy.

feministroosterteeth:

I know that, you’re literally explaining this to a trans guy. Although it’s worth noting that some people prefer ‘misdirected misogyny’ because trans men are not women. But the point still stands that any DFAB trans person has privilege over DMAB trans people due to the fact that the vast majority of violence & ridicule aimed at trans people is directed toward trans women (particularly trans WoC).

Look, when I was transitioning and I wasn’t being read as male a lot, even then I didn’t have much of a hard time of it. Misgendering, yes. Misdirected misogyny, absolutely. And yes it was a very stressful time but I went through most of my days with no outright abuse.

A trans woman (or DMAB trans person) in the same position would expect abuse (and possibly violence) daily. Do you know how difficult it can be for a trans woman to leave the house if they’re not read as female consistently?

I’m not saying that DFAB trans people have it easy, I’m just saying that DMAB trans people have it harder. Hence privilege.

"Misdirected misogyny" is definitely a preferable term to the bullshit neologism "isomisogyny", as it accurately captures that the limited amount of misogyny that affects trans men is based on misgendering them as women, does not target trans men as men, and is orders of magnitude less severe than what women face.

Fickle Over A Nickel, Part 2

(I am currently checking out a line of customers. I hand a lady her change which is roughly $0.94. She counts it then hands me back a nickel.)

Customer: “This is not a nickel. This is Canadian. I want an American nickel.

Me: “Ma’am, it is still worth five cents. Any store will accept it.”

Customer: “IT’S NOT AMERICAN!”

Me: “Okay, ma’am, let me call my manager. She has to open my drawer for me so that I can exchange the nickel.”

(I call the manager and pray for her to hurry up.)

Customer: “IT’S NOT AMERICAN!”

(My manager is being very slow and thankfully the customer behind her pulls some change out of his pocket and hands her a nickel.)

Customer #2: “Here, ma’am. Take this.”

Customer #1: “Thank you.”

(Customer #1 begins to walk to the door but overhears me talking to Customer #2.)

Me: “Here, sir, would you like this Canadian nickel, it is still worth five cents.”

Customer #2: “Thank you.”

Customer #1: *standing half way out the door shouting at me* “IT IS NOT AMERICAN!”

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The customer, while perhaps guilty of being annoyingly uptight over a relatively trivial amount, is entirely correct in this case. A Canadian nickel is not “still worth five cents” in the United States; it is not legal tender outside of Canada and thus is in fact worth nothing. While it is relatively common for stores in border states to accept Canadian money from customers (usually at the proper exchange rate for significant amounts and at face value for trivial ones), this is purely a courtesy and it is in fact an act of fraud to insist that a customer accept Canadian money.