As a former World of Warcraft raider and guild leader, I still pay attention to the gaming world through side-long glances, though I no longer have the time to actually play games. And so the attacks against women as part of the misguided/misogynistic GamerGate movement has been an emotional kerfuffle for me. Shock, disbelief, sadness, outrage, pride (at the strong responses speaking out against the misogyny). It’s been a difficult mess to sort.
So I rather adore Joss Whedon for putting it all in a truly sensible way in his recent interview with Vulture.
You know, it’s one of those things that’s always surprising. I was raised by a very strong woman, I didn’t know feminism was actually a thing until I left home and found out the country didn’t run the way my mom’s house did. So I have this goldfish, idiot, forgetful thing in that every time I’m confronted with true misogyny, I’m stunned. I’m like, Really? That’s like, I don’t believe in airplanes. It’s like, What century are you from? I don’t get it. So usually I’m shocked, then occasionally amused, then occasionally extremely not amused, but once I get over the shock, it’s very clear that misogyny in our own culture — and not just where they perform genital mutilation and marry off 10-year-olds — runs so deep. When I see this hate bubbling up towards any kind of progress, my reaction is twofold: First, it’s horror, and then, it’s delight, because you don’t get this kind of anger unless real change is actually happening. It is a chaotic time. It’s an ugly time because change is happening. It would be lovely to be living after the change has happened.
Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes!
Thank you, Joss, for giving words to your experience that also so nicely dovetail with mine but with more wisdom. This is why I love writers.