On “GamerGate” and Sexism

The fact that Gaters hate Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian reveals they just hate women. And I don’t mean that simply because Ms. Quinn and Ms. Sarkeesian are both women, but because the attacks on each woman are diametrically opposed.

Gaters claim they hate Zoe Quinn because she (or some imaginary potential scenario woman) slept with a male game reviewer in order to get positive reviews. They claim they are upset about “journalistic ethics” and about reviewers not critically examining games, but instead just rubber-stamp endorsing them for financial or sexual gain.

Anita Sarkeesian is exactly what they claim to want. She isn’t part of the industry. She doesn’t work for a gaming mag that exists to sell gaming advertisement. She doesn’t have any conflict of interest, and is thus far freer than possibly anyone else professionally critiquing games to do so fairly. But they hate her too.