The internet’s most beloved geek, Wil Wheaton, calls out misogyny in gaming, and confronts the men who attack him for doing so. Incredible.
tbh i think that this points out something thats a subtlety of Ubergeek Discourse on matters of discrimination & prejudice , and shows the underlying urge to protect Whatever This Community Is at All Costs despite the fact that the community/institution itself might be The Problem (“gamer”/”gaming”).
like, that first tweet. “the cesspool of misogyny that’s trying to ruin gaming.” which posits that
1. “the cesspool of misogyny” is not something native to Gaming but an invading species ; not a systematic problem but an entrenched group of people
2. it’s just now occurring
3. misogyny is now a serious consideration because its trying to ruin gaming
and this method of discourse, where he goes “look, this separate group of people, these Bad Gamers, are attacking me for saying these things,” means that he gets to separate himself from the Bad Gamers and from The Problem. This is — most likely — completely unintentional and subconscious, but it is a thing that’s happening in this dialogue. ”and i think i just won whatever weird bingo we play when they come out to tell us how stupid they are.”
Normal Average Gaming Dudes — which is to say, guys who don’t start crying when someone tells them all the half naked women in their video games MAY BE indicative of sexism, guys who don’t threaten feminists, guys who treat women with the barest amount of decency as fellow humans — need to stop doing this. They need to stop removing themselves from the problem in a way that removes them from responsibility for the problem. because it’s yr fault too, wil. you might not be threatening people like sarkeesian, but it’s yr fault too. do us a real solid — destroy the “its just a few bad apples” narrative.
and ffs, destroy the idea that what needs protecting is gaming. fuck gamers and fuck gaming culture. protect people. wil wheaton doesn’t need another pat on the back, he’s got whole subcultures doing that for him.