#Gamergate – Documenting SJW Harassment

CPp5wtQWIAAagGnWith the news that SXSW is now going to host a day-event to discuss online harassment, this having previously cancelled a harassment panel and one about the political/ethical climate of gaming. The cancellation having been due to what appears to have been third party trolls making threats related to both panels. Despite the SavePoint panel not really having anything to do with harassment, their inclusion and position as previous supporters of Gamergate demonstrates what the unwritten assumptions about the situation have been.

Leaving aside that the harassment panel has at least one out-and-proud harasser on it (continuing the trend from both UN and Google meetings about online harassment, consulting harassers) it’s obvious that the existing narrative is entirely one-sided. It is widely believed that the gamers who want uncensored games and an ethical games media, lacking corruption, are the ones harassing people.

Many of us know that this isn’t true and we have suffered quite horrific levels of harassment from the ‘Social Justice Warriors’ from people going after our livelihoods and jobs to wild accusations of things like misogyny, rape apologia, racism and so on. Reputation destroying nastiness.

My own harassment at the hands of these people has been fairly well documented. Back in 2012, long before Gamergate was ever a thing I wrote a blog article defending the use of nasty events and traumatic experiences in fiction (In Defence of Rape) and ever since then have been harassed, demonised and subjected to a level of scrutiny that Big Brother would be ashamed to engage in. This contributed to a long battle with depression and two suicide attempts, the second during the first year of Gamergate when old wounds were re-opened and even celebrities saw fit to try and shame me for my participation in the defence of free expression.

The point is, that many of the people complaining about harassment etc online are some of the worst offenders. The community that is supposedly pushing for diversity, tolerance etc is one of the least diverse (in terms of ideas) and least tolerant.

Apposite to the situation at the moment are two key incidents. The young artist Zamii has been turned on by the Steven Universe fandom of ‘progressives’ on Tumblr, and driven to a suicide attempt by that degree of intense online bullying, and Thunderf00t had his reputation and employment attacked by a group of ‘progressives’ within and around the atheism community – though this backfired spectacularly.

Many of us do not take online harassment very seriously. We know what trolling is and we know to ignore it. The character of this kind of abuse though, driving fragile people to suicide, pursuing people offline, is something much different. Much worse. Those of us on this side are often unwilling to make a huge fuss about the harassment we get and maybe it’s time we did start talking about this, documenting it, getting our experiences down and letting them be known, rather than brushing them off.

I know there’s many of you out there who have suffered. Please join me in telling your stories. Comment below with links to your stories or post a short summary of what happened to you and I’ll append the links and stories below. We can help define what actual online harassment is (going after people for real) and provide fodder to show that our opposite numbers are – at least somewhat – engaging in what they claim to decry.

If you’d rather have your experience documented anonymously, email me at GRIM at POSTMORT dot DEMON dot CO dot UK.

An account of Harper’s abuse

SJWs fuel censorship in RPGs 1

SJWs fuel censorship in RPGs 2

Man loses job due to SJW harassment

A previous attempt to document SJW harassment on social media

The Tim Hunt affair

Zak Smith, Walk Outs, Censorship and SocJus insanity

GamerGhazi Harrangues and Erases

More Documented Harassment

Targeted Harassment of GG Supporters

Famous ‘victim’ as harasser.

The Silencing of Gamergate, with documented harassment cases.

Linklist (many expired links, but much of use)

Goodreads Review harassment One, Two, Three, Four, Five

One response to “#Gamergate – Documenting SJW Harassment

  1. There is a somewhat well documented case of harassment against me, however some of the more severe stuff is put aside and not made public due to there being police involvement.

    From February on there have been death threats, rape threats, targeted harassment meant to trigger my mental illness (PTSD), threats to contact my mother (who is the person that abused me my entire childhood and caused the PTSD-I have not spoken to her in years and she no longer knows my location), people have outed my email accounts, my Twitter, and my other social networking accounts.

    On top of that, two websites that I built were spammed with either complaints that it was a phishing website, or that it was hosting illegal content (including child pornography) and I had to stop using them. One site I built from the ground up, another was a site that I had hosted through another company.

    Eventually, after I was able to link some of the harassment to at least three people, one of which I knew was in the UK, I was able to get the police involved to stem some of it. Then I took precautionary measures. I also begged help from Crash Override Network, who dropped their help of me the moment they found out I had pro-GG friends. I begged them for help, and they refused.

    I still have people using particular slurs like rape apologist, transphobic, and other such things against me, as well as some (from what I understand just a small portion) of people stating that I am a child abuser, and possibly even a child molester. This is incredibly terrifying for me because I’m a teacher, and I have never harmed a child. Ever. Yet this is the kind of thing that could keep me from teaching the rest of my life.

    I have some of the evidence that I can show, but again because so much of it was tied up in the police report, I only have some screenshots that I can produce. The worst of it, the death/rape/doxxing attempts are locked up tight. But I will be willing to share what I can.

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