I literally just got out of bed, filled with determination to write this thought down, so you will have to excuse potential errors. I am mostly awake however, so there should be no problems to speak of.
As we all know, getting across a feministic message to the gaming industry which pretends that we don't exist for the most part (hopefully an exaggeration) is very difficult. The sexist fanboys prefer to just type misogynystic slur, hurl insults, and most imporantly; focus all of their time and effort on one single aspect of the feministic argument or article put forth, and twist the words of the writer.
What made me think about this was the article linked here not long ago (So What If I'm A Woman? Let Me Play My Damn Game), where the first commenter turned all of the attention to her opening line, and started a "WASD versus ESDF"-debate. The rest of the comments all focused on this, or the commenter's other "points", rather than the article.
This reminded me of the recent abhorrent attacks against Feminist Frequency. They started, I take it, because someone told a group on 4chan about her new project. Therefore thousands (sadly not an exaggeration) of fanboys decided to stop her - since they of course realized that she is absolutely right, but they don't want anything to be done about it.
I give so much credit to Feminist Frequency for going through with this, even though she has now chosen to disable the comments on that infamous video. And that is also what happened in the article I linked above; because, as I stated; no one paid attention to the article itself in the comment section, even though it was a very interesting (and horrifying) read.
Now, I don't assume that I have to convince any of you to see things this way, but I have an idea. It might sound like a very poor plan, but I do think that it could made a difference. What if we are as organized as the bastards on 4chan? We could be the first commenters on feminist-articles, before the comment fields tries to twist the words of the writer and divert the focus. We could write hundreds or thousands positive comments for Feminist Frequency and others in her shoes - even if they're just short, "Good luck, you rock!" spam type comments. An organized effort to not make feminism in gaming (and in general on the internet, of course) into a suicide for anyone with a "controversial" opinion.
Can we do this? Do you think it could work?
(I am thinking about spreading this to tumblr, so that more can see it, but am worried it will get in the wrong hands and do more harm than good. Thoughts on that would be appreciated.)
- An Effort To Make A Difference