“Remember it’s both possible and even necessary to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of its more problematic or pernicious aspects.”
On this weeks podcast DesertCrypt admitted that he finds it uncomfortable to call himself a gamer. While he did not expand on his feelings of the title I can give my reasoning for cringing when someone calls me a gamer.
I know there will be “gamers” who see this post and immediately refuse to ever look at this page again. That’s fine. People will see me mention Gamergate and notice that I’m on the side of Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu, and the countless other women who have been on the receiving end of violent sexual harassment and death threats. When other “gamers” see that I am a fan of Anita Sarkeesian I may in fact open myself up to receiving similar messages.
I don’t like being called a gamer because the community has refused to out the extreme anti-women beliefs held by a small portion of the population. When women become the target of endless sexual harrassment the industry as a whole throws up its hands and says ‘its not me and oh by the way she might deserve some of those death threats did you see what she was wearing?’
The Tumblr account Latininig gives horrifying first person accounts of this abuse and I ask that you please read it and consider what she is saying there.
Its Dangerous to Go Alone (especially if you are a woman going to a con or walking down the street or venturing onto a forum ….)
-DesertFawkz the Feminist Raven