Brianna Wu, the game developer who was chased out of her home by graphic and widely publicized rape and death threats issued by GamerGate supporters, is now speaking up about the incident. In an op-ed published this morning on xoJane.com, Wu speaks out about her experience, and defiantly refused to back down in the face of those threats:
If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God do I envy you. Gamergate is basically a group of boys that don’t want girls in their videogame clubhouse. Only, instead of throwing rocks, they threaten to rape you. And, if that doesn’t work, they’ll secretly record your conversations and release the lurid details of your sex life in a public circus. From seeing the #gamergate mobs plan this on 8chan.co, it seems like they’re having a lot of fun.
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Is anyone else surprised that now that the two-week deadline for “real names” on Facebook is up, Facebook has apologized to the LGBT activists who have been fighting it and said that they’re “taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service” to the owners of flagged accounts? I’m not. Facebook apologizes for everything, eventually, without ever really changing much of what they did wrong in the first place. No one knows what this “much more deliberate customer service” is actually going to look like, and the point remains that the legal name policy is inherently going to affect trans* people, drag queens and kings, and stalking victims negatively, even if they receive better customer service after the fact. The point also remains that Mark Zuckerberg claimed that having two names demonstrates a “lack of integrity” without discriminating between different instances of using two names. Keep reading »
Hey guys, there’s a new baby subreddit called Philosophy of Rape that advocates for raping women. Not just advocates, of course, but gushes over it, calls it “Correction”-with-a-capital-C, says that it was historically a corrective action for sluts. I’ll get to the historical accuracy of that statement in a second, because the pure outrage is more important, but the pedant in me wants to debunk that bullshit, too.
As David Futrelle at We Hunted The Mammoth has pointed out, Reddit has doubtless been made aware of this subreddit. They did manage to take down the Fappening subreddit after it came to light that it included child pornography, but I guess that someone actively creating an actual rape subreddit and in so doing using, of course, dangerous, threatening hate speech about 51 percent of the human population is totally OK. I mean, by their rules, it is totally OK, because the only thing that’s not allowed is child pornography. Everything else? Free speech, bro! Keep reading »
Remember last year, when a UK politician was supporting an effort to get Jane Austen put on the 10-pound note and got flooded with rape threats on Twitter? No? I vaguely remember — vaguely, because it’s just one of the many, many, many instances in which women have received rape threats over Twitter in the last two years and it’s made the news. Plus, it seems like maybe the mildest thing in the world to try to get Jane Austen’s face on a bank note. Not that trolls are ever justified for making rape threats but … Jane Austen? Really? How does one manage to use Jane Austen as an excuse for rape threats? Keep reading »