Friday, October 31, 2014

Now This Is Interesting

Forney actually cites his good friend "Zampano" for helping him advise readers how to legally get away with writing borderline libel in order to intimidate "feminists." Mike Cernovich has tweeted references to Zampano as his own personal attorney (perhaps jokingly). I've been told the hit piece on me was crafted by someone with enough legal expertise to carefully skirt the current law: in other words, "borderline" libel.

Yesterday game developer and #gamergate harassment victim Brianna Wu announced that she is setting up a legal defense fund for women who have been defamed by #gamergaters. And judging by the juice bro lawyer's twitter feed, some of these little shitbots are getting a tad nervous. No worries, my brave young anti-SJWs, the juice bro lawyer will defend you pro bono.

Libel is a subset of defamation. It's libel and slander, not libel and defamation. She's an idiot. Ignore.

(What can I say, Ms. Wu? You go girl!)

Videogames and Disco

Here's an interesting article by Arthur Chu comparing #gamergate to the anti-disco rebellion of the seventies. I actually came of age during the seventies, didn't much care for (or about) disco, and have no recollection of the frenzy of violence that was triggered by an ill-advised White Sox promotional stunt (burning disco albums in front of a crowd of hysterical rock "purists"). I guess I was too busy listening to the music I did like (Neil Young and other folk-rockers; the taste for punk came later). 

In making the analogy, however, Chu makes an interesting and important point that applies equally well to the "manosphere" and the MRM: The people who embrace these reactionary movements are always, almost exclusively, white guys who perceive themselves as victims.

"Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is...  I’m afraid of masculinity, and privilege, of the male sense of “honor” they combine to create, and the incredible reservoir of madness that “honor” can unleash when it’s threatened. Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely disproportionate the retaliation can be."

Yes, this. 

Chu points out, the ugliness of their rhetorical chest-thumping and behavior (doxxing, threatening, harassing) is in direct proportion to their desperation. They know they can't win. They know they're on the wrong side of history.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GamerGate Hitler

I know this clip has been over-used, but it's still funny. 

My favorite line? "The problem is that we're only doxxing women. Chris Kluwe called us slope-browed weaseldicks, slack-jawed pickletits, and paint-huffing shitgoblins. How come he wasn't doxxed?"


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Sarkeesian Effect: A Measured Response

Remember Davis Aurini, Matt Forney's hiking chum, clad head to heel in black, his bald, naked pate gleaming under the blazing sun of the Arizona desert? 

With #gamergate, Aurini is hustling for funds to complete his documentary "The Sarkeesian Effect," and he's apparently raised $9000 so far. 

Aurini, the Ed Wood of the manosphere, is always a ripe subject for ridicule. Many have had their way with him, including David Futrelle and myself in a previous post because he is so deliciously weird and pretentious. Futrelle has compared him to Anton LeVey. but I think he is as campy as John Waters. Although Aurini actually seems to believe the terrible crap he spouts, I can't help but have a soft spot for someone who can make me laugh as hard as he (inadvertently) does. And I'm not alone -- watch this: 

This video is the best, but wait, it gets even better! Aurini actually responded to this assault on his dignity:

I've had people asking me to respond to this video, but I really don't see anything to respond to.  From what I can tell, it's nothing but a bunch of insults and snark coming from some anonymous hyena... I suppose the $15k for making a movie thing is worth addressing - but really, all I have to do is point towards the budget of any movie you care to name to demonstrate how expensive it is.  Jordan I will be doing a video shortly updating our Patreon supporters on everything including the financing, but really, it's a paltry budget.  He's just bringing it up to try and undermine the project.

And then the reluctant King of #gamergate weighed in on twitter:

Criticize the project? Fine. But don't insult my intelligence by claiming that and are trying to scam people.

Sometimes I seriously wonder if the manosphere isn't just a venue for frustrated performance artists. It's comforting at least to be reminded that they really are a bunch of buffoons.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What A Feminist Looks Like

Sure, he knows his way around a thesaurus. 
But what's his T level?

In a hilarious, furious rant laced with creative profanity, former NFL punter and dedicated gamer Chris Kluwe had (what should be) the final word on GamerGate. If winning arguments on the internet really is a matter of shouting the loudest, Kluwe is clearly the victor in the eyes of this (Seahawks) fan. Meanwhile, manosphere consigliore Mike Cernovich has been manically provoking Kluwe and many other critics of #gamergate as he manufactures amasses twitter "evidence" of harassment and threats against himself. (You don't want to mess with Mike, bro. When he's not threatening to sue people, he's challenging them to boxing matches.)

Otherwise, the New Misogynists haven't been calling much attention to Kluwe's post. And I think I know why: This, ladies and gentlemen, is what a feminist looks like.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues

I'm dedicating this song to a recent commenter who apparently believes I'm trans, on what basis, I cannot guess. I'm not, although this isn't the first time I've been mistaken for a cross dresser. 

A few years ago I was standing outside a gay bar on Capitol Hill and a guy complimented me on how well I "passed." "Well, I've had a lot of practice," I responded. But I wondered if I'd overdone my makeup that night.

Another night I was at a restaurant with some cross-dressers, and a man barred my way to the ladies room. "You're not thinking about going in there," he growled. "I don't know where else I could go," I answered honestly, wondering if I would be forced to flash my "pussy pass" in order to relieve my bladder.

Believe it or not, I am a cis-gender woman. Who happens to love punk. And thinks Laura Jane Grace is pretty hot.

21st Century Snake Oil Salesmen

I'm amused by how many defenders of Mike Cernovich are in awe of his ability to "market" himself on social media even while conceding he's a complete ass-hole. I like Matt Binder's take on all this, BTW.

I can't see how manipulating or boon-doggling people into buying a really terrible "product" (whether it's quackery or bigotry or just one's own name) is admirable behavior; rather, I think it's something to despise. There are a lot of gullible people out there to market shit to, so it's not even that difficult to do... if you're willing to sell your soul.

Mike Cernovich: Appealing to the "aggrieved young white male gamer market" -- very good market!