Normally on Friday’s I’d be flashing back to some great sci-fi or fantasy classic that changed me as a reader and writer, or I’d be looking ahead at what great, future tech is happening in our world, but I’m feeling like neither today.
Felicia Day opened up yesterday about her thoughts on GamerGate in a very personal post that honestly shares what a lot of female gamers are feeling right now. Within minutes, Gamergate folks had doxxed her, meaning they posted her home address online for all the freaks in the world to find, so she could be taught a lesson.
Former NFL player (and gamer), Chris Kluwe, wrote an awesome article where he called out GamerGate folks for the misogyny and terrorism they are participating in (warning: strong language is used). He called out Gamergate folks for what happened to Felicia Day, stating:
“None of you fucking #gamergate tools tried to dox me, even after I tore you a new one. I’m not even a tough target…Instead, you go after a woman who wrote why your movement concerns her.”
Less than 24 hours after Felicia Day made her post, a school shooting happened at a somewhat local to me high school here in Washington.
I stepped back from the news and asked, what is wrong here? Why are males being taught to solve their problems at the end of a gun or with threats of rape? (I say males because I’ve not seen a school shooting led by a woman, and Gamergate has been a serious attack against women.)
It’s not just inside the gamer community–it’s everywhere in America. If someone doesn’t like what you stand for or say, it has become acceptable to threaten to kill people. And why not? Our cops do it, too.
As a writer, it’s scary to think about how many authors receive death threats because they don’t end a book the way their fans want or because they expressed an unpopular opinion. Or how many authors think it acceptable to stalk reviewers who didn’t like their books. (Another example here.)
So what wondrous new tech or innovation would I like to see in our future?
I would like to see equality for people of all nationalities, religions, genders & identifications, sexualities, and walks of life. Equality for everyone. I don’t want to see us destroy ourselves.
I’m lucky that my husband believes as strongly in equality as I do, that he’s a staunch defender of women’s rights, LGBT rights, etc. When he sees folks using violence against others, it bothers him as much as it bothers me. He’s never had the urge or want to hurt someone for being different.
This shouldn’t be celebrated! Having human compassion and understanding equality shouldn’t be something worth celebrating–it should be the standard. The fact that it’s not–the fact that my husband is in the minority–is disturbing. Maybe I’m just being a pessimist. Maybe there are more good people out there than I realize, but in weeks like this where people get doxxed for having an opinion and others get shot at school, it’s hard to remember the good.
I think this is why so many writers suffer from depression and write post-apocalyptic fiction. :/
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