On Fear


The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist - Charles Baudelaire

Patriarchy isn’t a social construct about hating women. Every step it takes, it does so to protect her in it’s own perverted way. When women are told they must cover their hair or their face, they are told it’s for their own safety. When women are told what they can do with their own bodies, it’s because they don’t have the experience to make the choice for themselves. Like an overprotective father that locks his daughter in her room, it destroys her potential with it’s own fear.

There has been a lot of criticism in the games industry about gamers. They say the community is dead, that the culture is to be erased. A criticism of an apparent faceless mass of pure anger that is directed clearly at woman. A criticism that does not appear to flourish in the community of #GamerGate except in an ever shrinking small percentage of it‘s member. As people keep speaking out this narrative slowly burns away. But the question is why is this story repeated.

None of the individuals that are so often brought up in these article make games. They may educate, or they may inspire. But they do not create, they do not lead, the patriarchy is not required to give up any of the control that it so jealously holds on to. Instead it increase it’s power through fear.

No one is writing about what these women’s next games will be, mostly because they aren’t working on one. No journalist is doing a series on female indie developers so people can support them. The only thing they are doing is using these victims as props to attract viewers to their articles and continue the narrative. To scare away any future woman who would actually like to destroy this gender imbalance.

Audre Lorde said “They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change,” because if you bring about actual change the patriarchy actual loses power. And then we all advance as a free society.

We are at over 40K now, and I’d like to thank /v/ and all the member of #GamerGate for being the only people wise enough to want to smash the Patriarchy.