You're arguing against points I never made -- I don't subscribe to any of those stances.
Honestly, I get tired of women getting defended REGARDLESS of their stance on anything.
I will never defend a woman based solely on her gender.
If you think I feel this way based on my comments on how I feel gender may have something to do with the personal backlash these people get, then no. If someone commits a crime, then I feel it should be called out. What I find troubling is that when other people in the industry do something wrong, the backlash doesn't often result in unrelenting personal harassment -- it usually stays on gaming forums/sites.
But when the self-proclaimed activists do something, either legitimately wrong or at least something highly offensive to sensibilities, then they are met with relentless personal attacks and harassment via social media. Quinn may have fabricated it all at first. But I think it's moved into legitimate harassment by now. And the reaction to Sarkeesian was immensely over the top from the start of her controversies.
As I said, I hope gender is not a factor in all this. But stuff like that makes me wonder. Not in the sense that smear campaigns and harassment never happen to men in the industry, but in the sense that fuses may be shorter with women who speak out against the industry's attitudes.
People DO have genuine complaints about Sarkeesian, but critiques of her work or her dubious methods is met with basically being called a misogynist and touted around like a bad husband in a Tyler Perry film.
It's okay if people disagree with Sarkeesian's stances on things. I don't agree with her on everything. Not agreeing with someone does not necessarily make one a misogynist. I don't care if anyone disagrees with Sarkeesian.
But I think the barrage of vitriolic personal attacks, death threats, and general nonsense that got thrown her way (and still gets thrown her way) was completely uncalled for. It was harassment. Nothing she does warrants the direct personal backlash she got.
It comes out that Zoe Quinn's a shitty person and slept with people in gaming journalism and since her actions cannot realistically be defended, they're just being minimalized and silenced.
If she did all that to deliberately get an unfair leg up in the industry, then I freely state that it was bad and her career prospects should take an appropriate hit.
Whether she is guilty of nepotism is up for debate -- the main source of evidence against her is an ex-boyfriend who spilled their secrets all over the internet. Which makes it a biased source.
As it was already pointed out, Kotaku ran a story on a male game developer who was accused of rape by some random woman. He lets out a statement saying that he didn't and that she is mistaken. That's all that we knew. By your logic, this should be a private matter and we all shouldn't comment on it. NOPE.
I said someone cheating on their partner was petty drama (which it is) and that people should stay out of it. Consensual love affairs between two healthy adults -- at least when it's just that -- are no one's business.
If you read the post I made before this, then you would have seen that I am all about exposing actual crimes. Especially rape. Once someone moves into criminal territory, then investigation and outcry are important. If there's no evidence for the crime, then I'd merely say to reserve judgment until more facts come out.
I repeat for clarity: I would never ever ever ever EVER say people should ignore rape because it's a "personal" matter. It's not a personal matter if someone potentially assaults another person.
I don't like that if you align yourself with the modern social movements, it basically makes you bulletproof and none of your glaring flaws matter anymore. It's the same reason I'm for gender equality, but not a feminist. I know you've been attacked before as a group relentlessly, but you should take your blinders off when this shit starts to decay your movement from the inside.
I am about the last person who would ever cave to the peer pressure of a social group. I am a fully independent adult. I do not closely associate myself with The Sisterhood of Feminism. I don't follow any feminists blogs. I don't frequent any dedicated feminist sites. I don't even know many dedicated social justice advocates. I swore no oaths, I took no vows. I never ally with other women if I feel they've done something wrong -- and I've never allied myself with Zoe Quinn or Sarkeesian or anyone else that's been mentioned thusfar.
If you are insinuating that my views have their origins in other people, or that I'm a blind follower of a movement, then I have some choice words for you.