If you don't use Twitter and you don't follow Facebook, there's a very good chance you've never heard of "Gamergate," Zoe Quinn, or Anita Sarkeesian. This is a scandal – and a phenomenon – that exists almost exclusively online. Yes, there are real people at the other end of the computer screens, but the real power of all "social justice" activists is found online. It is online that liberals seek to censor all free speech; it is online that social justice libs vilify any who oppose them; it is online that, because they own the major social media platforms, liberals are able to create hostile environments for any ideologies they consider politically incorrect. The problem is the online world is seeping, leaking and bleeding into the real world. Social justice whiners who once would have held their tongues when confronting real people in "meatspace" (for fear of being laughed at, shouted down, punched in the face) now feel smugly comfortable shrieking and whining in person at the victims of their thought-policing.
Take, for example, the infamous feminist Chanty "Big Red" Binx. A couple of years ago Binx achieved viral fame by shrieking her feminist talking points at men's rights activists (MRAs). It was clear that Binx believed her ideology trumped any other individual's right to speak. She obnoxiously made this point – repeatedly and childishly – when a brave and very patient young man tried to engage her on what she believed. As the Huffington Post's Lauren Messervey put it, "Chanty Binx bullied her way through a debate without the integral aspect of a debate – the voice of the opposing side. She demanded that each opponent 'shut the f*** up' before they were even able to speak to their point, shouting out every view with a fire and fury that would have made a Shakespearean tragic hero shake in his boots. The MRAs criticized her by calling her rant 'abusive' and claiming that she exhibited 'all the worst behaviours of a 13 year old boy.' Dare I say that I actually agree with this critique?"
That's right; no less a feminist and fellow traveler than a HuffPo contributor agrees with this characterization of "Big Red" – a woman you have never heard about if you're not plugged in to social media and the tiny circle of online gossip sites that chronicle what happens there. Messervey goes on to say that "Chanty Binx' impassioned rant ... displays everything wrong with the concept of modern feminism. It's the childish temper tantrums, the causeless wildfire, the name-calling and the abusive labeling that is frequently attributed to the feminist name. … There is a reason why everyone in a restaurant ignores the screaming child in the booth. Reason is simply not attributed to someone who is being unreasonable."
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The emphasis added is mine, but the point remains. Feminist activists are not reasonable people. They are filled with irrational hate, with the righteous anger of children who have been denied something to which they wrongly believe themselves entitled. Such was the nature of the lawsuit brought by one Zoe Quinn, the "video game designer" at the center of the "Gamergate" journalism scandal. Again, you've probably never heard of it, and there's no reason that you would have if you do not spend a great deal of time on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. To oversimplify a very long story, in 2014 an ex-boyfriend of Quinn complained online that she had slept with a gaming journalist in exchange for positive coverage of her terrible video game, "Depression Quest." Quinn, 27, filed harassment charges in Massachusetts. When gamers online took up the cause, spreading the word of the need for better ethics in gaming journalism, they were widely mischaracterized as promulgating harassment against Quinn. Remember, in the world of brittle feminist activists, any and all criticism, for any reason, is harassment, hate and misogyny, most certainly conducted because the feminists are women (and not because they are merely wrong).
Now Quinn, apparently realizing there was no way for her to win her lawsuit, has dropped it, penning a lengthy and self-serving rationalization that attempts to paint her as the victim. She's not the only prominent feminist who has stuck her mitt in the hornet's nest of video gaming, only to yelp that it stings. Another ridiculous feminist, Brianna Wu, melodramatically claimed he/she/it was "risking [her] life" battling Gamergate. "Feminist Frequency" figurehead Anita Sarkeesian, who believes absolutely everything is misogyny and "patriarchy" and who wants video games censored so they meet her politically correct standards, also figured prominently in the Gamergate scandal.
Today, feminists breathe the word "Gamergate" as a curse, falsely claiming it's all about harassing women for anything but trying to censor video games and promote garbage as good work. Sarkeesian, meanwhile, has been rewarded by her steadfast political correctness by being named to Twitter's Trust and Safety Council. That's right: A woman who created a YouTube video condemning the practice of unfairly showing female characters' hind ends more often than male characters' posteriors will now get to help Twitter censor the expression of your views on social media.
It would be easy enough to ignore these feminist histrionics if they stayed in rarely seen online circles or obscure message boards. Now that they're slowly weeping their way into your day to day life, censoring the video games you play, the news you read, the social media sites where only liberals may speak their minds, it is not a problem you can afford to ignore. It is impossible to watch the Chanty Binx video without becoming enraged.
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It wouldn't surprise me to learn that many people who watch "Big Red" fantasize about breaking her nose ... if only she would shut the hell up. That is the impulse most feminist raging creates in reasonable people. It is certainly the emotion most often attributed to anyone forced to listen to anything people like Anita Sarkeesian have to say. But as we've seen, feminists – online or in person – are not reasonable people. They are bad people who want to silence you for disagreeing with them.
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