Why the GamerGate Hashtag Is Toxic

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: I am neither pro nor anti-GamerGate. I am against harassment against women in the gaming industry. From what I understand, the GamerGate movement actually has nothing to do with misogyny. Since the regular news media decided to use #GamerGate to describe online harassment, the benign aspects of the movement have been pushed aside. As a result, I believe that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for GamerGate to do a little re-branding in order to separate itself from the trolls and show that the movement is [what supporters say to be] not anti-women at all.

Last week I published a post called “GamerGate Is Not all about Violent Tweets” (I’d recommend you read it first and that you read this whole article before you attack me in the comments). Although I stated my opinion on the issue (that it is good for video games – like all other forms of media – to be critiqued through a feminist lens), I tried my best to represent the non-violent proponents of GamerGate fairly, using information I gathered from my own personal research and civil conversations I had with proponents on Twitter.

My article received both positive … Read more

GamerGate Is Not All about Violent Tweets

This past Wednesday the popular show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit made a fictional storyline about the GamerGate controversy. The morning before the episode premiered, game developer and target of GamerGate Brianna Wu wrote an emotional piece for Bustle describing the violent threats she receives every day online for being a woman in the gaming industry. She wrote:

This weekend, a man wearing a skull mask posted a video on YouTube outlining his plans to murder me. I know his real name. I documented it and sent it to law enforcement, praying something is finally done. I have received these death threats and 43 others in the last five months.

I posted a link to the article on my twitter and was surprised to receive responses from actual GamerGate supporters. I had originally thought that all GamerGate supporters were anti-women and were using violent threats to discourage women from participating in gaming culture. However, the original cause had nothing to do with that.

According to an article published in October on Gawker, “#GamerGate is an online movement concerned with ethics in game journalism and with protecting the ‘gamer’ identity.”

Game developer Zoe Quinn was the first woman to … Read more

Pay Inequity in Hollywood

“Angelina Jolie tops the list for highest paid Hollywood actresses, but she is the only one to make the top 10 with men included” – Daily Mail

 

Thought that pay inequity wasn’t a problem in Hollywood? Well, you thought wrong. As a recent post from PRI’s #womenslives initiative shows, women are not only given significantly less lead roles in blockbusters than men are, but they are paid significantly less for the same work.

Leaked information from the Sony Pictures’ computer hack revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were paid much less in American Hustle than their male co-stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. Adams and Lawrence received 7 percent of the film’s profit, but Bale, Cooper and Renner each received 9 percent.

The hack also revealed that Charlize Theron’s contract for the sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman” had her set to be paid less than her co-star Chris Hemsworth, despite the fact that Theron is an Academy Award winner who has acted in starring roles since the late 90s. Hemsworth rose to fame only in 2011 when he played Thor.

“What it really reveals is how men are able to propel themselves to the … Read more