I figure since I’m just an unemployed office worker, not well known at all, these people will leave me be. Whatever. I know people/hackers who can go after them if they don’t. At any rate, since I can’t comment at Whedonesque.com, the site that had a topic going about the harrassment and doxxing of Felicia Day, and then closed it, I wanted to express how angry I am about this and how disempowered I feel to do anything about it.
Further, that ANYONE could be so vile to such an awesome woman as Felicia Day only adds to to my utter ire over a seemingly small faction of evil bullies, perpetrating this evil ON her. An acquaintance of mine from years back has been posting his disgust about GamerGate at Facebook and I read the links he posted which give the background of how it all started. It started with a woman who broke up with a man. Really. I’ll post the links in a moment if you’d like to read them yourselves. And the resultant poison has made a woman flee her home, deal with death and rape threats, and another not make a speaking appearance out of fear for her personal safety.
In fact, I was so angry I went to Patton Oswalt’s Facebook and asked him out of a sense of utter frustration about it, because I have a good sense that he likes and respects women. This is what I wrote partially, and his response to me. Of course he has no solution, he’s as angry as everyone else who is sane and grasping for a way to stop all of this:
Me: “I feel badly as I’ve heard about this scenario for a long time: some male gamers/techs/geeks, whichever terminology you wish to use, trying to oppress women gamers/techs/geeks who dare to express an opinion about industry or anything else having to do with their interests. One woman and her husband had to leave their home after having their home address posted on Twitter along with death threats that now have the FBI involved. You’re erudite and possess a great deal of compassion – I think you like and respect women. I feel badly there is nothing I can do. Isn’t it bad enough there is ISIS in the world? Why would men do this? Is there anything we can do?”
Patton Oswalt: “I Tweeted the link to a Cracked.com article about #GamerGate. It expressed [sic] than I could have (I’m not a gamer, but I also hate misogyny so I figure I still have a stake) how I feel about the whole fucking swamp of the thing.”
7 Geek Icons Fight Back: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/10/these-geek-icons-are-breaking-gamergates-heart
The GamerGate debate has made the world worse: http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-ways-gamergate-debate-has-made-world-worse/
What is GamerGate, and Why is Intel So Afraid of It? http://ow.ly/CCiPE
And the crap cherry on top of all this? One Adam Baldwin, a Whedon-actor favorite, allegedly coined the GamerGate moniker and is a huge supporter of them/it. Sickening. I wish more people would figuratively drop an anvil on his head. Thankfully, as you see at the link above, this movement is being decried by some very well-known people.
More legislation against cyber threats and doxxing would be a start I would think. How do we make a start? Write and call your legislators about it. Because if you don’t and we as a society don’t get a handle on this? Guess what? You could be next.