Of feminism and gaming

I’m not a gamer, but I am a feminist, and I have been following the Zoe Quinn harassment case and now Anita Sarkessian has had to cancel a talk because of death threats that involved the threat of a mass massacre. This long piece by Kyle Wagner over at Deadspin is worth the time as he details the various elements involved in Gamergate as well as makes the smart argument about the institutional forms of privilege that makes this possible.

Update: This article by Arthur Chu, which compares the cultural angst of gamers, who speak from a position of white, middle class, male privilege, to the angst hard rock fans had over disco, which comes from the same cultural position of fear of losing privilege, is also a must read on Gamergate. Indeed, I’ll go so far as to say that Chu should be on your regular RSS feed reading lists.

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