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GamerGate Continues to Be About Misogyny, Despite Its Best Efforts

GamerGate Continues to Be About Misogyny, Despite Its Best Efforts

If you’re a gamer or geek in any capacity, you know Felicia Day. The actress has become a nerd icon for letting her own gaming/graphic novel/fandom flags fly high, and recently wrote a post called “Crossing the Street,” in which she finally addressed the big topic facing gamedom these days: GamerGate.

If you’re not familiar with the situation, it’s a bit complicated, but the short version is that a community of gamers attempting to raise the bar for ethical video game journalism keeps getting sidetracked by members of their group who make their case by doxxing (leaking the personal information of) high profile female gamers. In her post, Day wrote that she’d been hesitant to write about GamerGate because she was afraid of getting doxxed. And, sure enough, her home address and email were almost immediately leaked online, because no good deed goes unpunished. The GamerGate community keeps wanting to convince the public at large that the relentless misogynistic attacks are coming from an extremist fringe that is not representative of the whole. And that’s probably true. But as long as the most tangible result of GamerGate is blatant attacks on women, the burden of evidence remains on them to prove it …

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