And this is chilling?
How much leeway do you think I got? I've already mentioned a few things outside of the realm of gaming.
Or, (sorry about this [MENTION=4937]Celebrim[/MENTION]) the comparison between state sponsored public torture of political prisoners by one of the most repressive regimes in modern history (Maoist China) and the MeToo movement.
The problem is that I can't really explain where I was going with that. It's just going to snowball into a larger political discussion if I start bringing in examples, but I did point at some things that would make interesting reading for the interested student when I was trying to 'reach across the aisle' and find some common ground.
And yes, I do think there is a connection between some modern political movements and Maoist China.
I don't think that the #metoo movement is a problem, and I welcomed the long overdue house cleaning in the movie industry (and the gaming industry?), but I do think it has gotten hijacked in ways that are detrimental to the goal of outing what Umbran called the "missing stairs". For example, can I be positive about #metoo but critical of #believeallwomen, or is that far enough beyond the pale that the ban hammer comes down? Can I suggest that the whole thing started out as a political move that backfired, and that the politicking over it has gotten out of hand because it hurts the cause of those women who need to be believed? Is it enough to say I believe Mandy, and that I hope that no further awards to Zak or forthcoming, or do I also have to show my purity to the cause by demanding shows like removing him from the credits of a book already published, rescinding awards already awarded, and generally trying to a modern reenactment of a Puritan community shunning someone, or the Ministry of Truth trying to repair history? Because that's what this sort of thing feels like to me. I said before that nothing we as a gaming community could do could come close to the embarrassing behavior of the Motion Picture Arts Academy, but when they finally decided they didn't want Roman Polanski as a member any more they at least didn't try to pretend they'd honored him in the past, and if they had have been, I wouldn't have believed that they were motivated by sympathy for his victim. Nor for that matter do I believe Hollywood has really reformed, and I won't until they no longer expect women to undress to be 'taken seriously'.
If people want go further than just not wanting to be associated with him any more, they have a right to do so, but I feel then like maybe I ought to walk away slowly from the mob with its pitchforks and torches and schadenfreude, especially given that the same crowd doesn't limit its targets to people like sexual predators.
We have to wade through post after post after post of hysterical hyperbole and people trying to derail the conversation (join me in deploring porn? WTF?).
No, see this is exactly an example of the problem. You think I'm derailing the conversation by deploring porn. But, I'm inclined to see a connection between the acceptance of pornography and the acceptance of degrading and abusive treatment of women and see it as completely on topic. I don't imagine I'm alone in that. Now, I've been banned for one thread for even weakly implying that years before this scandal came out when Zac was parlaying his friendship with a bunch of beautiful women into stardom in the geek community, because well that sure reflected well on us as a community didn't it, but now that this has come out I'm willing to risk it again. You see in my mind anyone who is willing to stay silent about the porn industry is aiding and abetting the abuse and degradation of women, so anyone that is unwilling to join me in that unpopular opinion (at least in these circles) I wouldn't trust to not stay silent when there was some "missing stair" around that needed protecting any more than some here wouldn't trust me unless I'm pumping out slogans like 'believe all women' or whatever else is on the twitter feed.
But, no, just like every other time this has come up, we have to flail around blindly. It's incredibly frustrating.
You don't have to tell me that.