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#GamerGate Manifesto Translated into English

Courtesy of somewhat_brave
Courtesy of somewhat_brave

This graphic by somewhat_brave on Reddit pretty much nails it. (Click here to see a larger version.) When #GamerGaters talk about “ethics” in journalism, this is pretty much code for “journalists shouldn’t be allowed to say anything critical of us!”

And in case you missed the all-Cat version of the manifesto, here it is again:

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thebewilderness
thebewilderness
5 years ago

Women used to strap their babies on and go to work dragging the coal out of the mines back in the day. Not healthy for either of them. But the problem wasn’t the attachment.

Kim
Kim
5 years ago

It’s a book written by a child psychologist about kids who were abused and/or neglected and what effect it had on them and how he helped them get better, if he was able. I found it really fascinating. SPOILER: the boy who was raised as a dog was able to overcome that and grow up healthy and happy as anyone else.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
5 years ago

grumpyoldnurse – that better be fair trade moonlight and shade-grown mother’s love, or else your kids are going to grow up with poor self-actualization skills and end up at Central University.

On a more serious note, I can’t stand the alpha mom thing either. My pinterest feed is full of utterly preposterous crafts – “Stuck inside with toddlers on a rainy day? Make a marble run out of toilet paper tubes glued to cardboard!” Great, except by the time I round up 25 toilet paper tubes, paint them, apply glitter, and glue them to cardboard in an interesting arrangement that allows a marble to roll all the way through, it’s no longer raining and the toddlers have graduated from middle school.

Another time, lured by a blog full of enticing photos, I tried making homemade finger paint. The project consisted of an hour of stirring all-natural ingredients in a pot, five minutes of gleeful chaos, then an hour and a half of cleanup (including full-body baths and scrubbing the walls, the floor, and the cat). Who has the time for that? Why is homemade more virtuous than storebought? Why is perfection and sacrifice being demanded of women, but not of men?

PolicyofMadness had some great points. I think, too, a lot of alpha mom anxiety has to do with class insecurity and growing economic inequality. As the 1% pull farther and farther ahead, there’s more pressure on parents to produce superachieving kids who can keep up. With the middle class becoming extinct, the alternative is a lifetime of wage slavery at Taco Bell. There’s a huge industry devoted to persuading parents that with just the right inputs, the right Baby Einstein tapes and probiotic diet and Ferberization, the output will be a perfect kid capable of Olympian achievements. It’s really hard not to get caught up in the madness.

Even more than alpha moms, I can’t stand “mama bears”. All the time, I see moms talking smack on Facebook about retail clerks or waitresses who weren’t sufficiently adoring of little Czneauphlaque. They say stuff like “I’LL CUT YOU BITCH HOW DARE YOU SPEAK LIKE THAT TO MY KID!” when all that happened was someone asked their child politely to please get off their foot. If there weren’t kids involved, these moms would sound murderously psychotic, but because they’re “doing it for their children”, they get a free pass. Basically, “mama bear” is code for “I get to be rude and threaten other people with violence, and feel sanctimonious about it!”

I mean, come on. It’s a given that mamas love their kids and would walk through fire for them. Being willing to go the extra mile and stab someone does not mean you love your kid more than everybody else.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

So that’s what happens with the yarn with all the colors in it. I was picturing something less neat looking.

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

@Kim: that’s great there was a happy ending, but I feel sorry for him never having a childhood, where he was loved.

@kitteh: that looks nice. I would have assumed it was fair isle if you hadn’t mentioned the yarn dye effect. I have sock yarn that does that, and it certainly doesn’t look as real as yours.

Unimaginative
5 years ago

I’m continuously amazed at the resilience of people. Also, the reverse.

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

@Buttercup:

There’s a huge industry devoted to persuading parents that with just the right inputs, the right Baby Einstein tapes and probiotic diet and Ferberization…

I misread the last word as Furbyisation initially. The world needs more furbies!

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

So was I, cassandra! But I like the way it breaks up into its own squares in the parts that are dark-light-dark. I’ve yet to find a yarn that spreads the colours as randomly as ones I remember from the 70s.

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

This must be the day for misread brainfarts. I read probiotic diet as patriotic diet!

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

Now we’re onto knitting: how do people here knit with a cat on their lap? I have get feline paralysis for most of the night and Mr Studmuffin, in particular, doesn’t appreciate the yarn moving across his fur, or having any of the knitting rest on him. I’ve tried explaining quid pro quo to him, but he pretends not to understand basic Latin. He also pretends not to understand basic words like “no”.

Help!

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

I’m okay knitting when Fribs is on my lap, ‘cos she’s quite happy to have the knitting or yarn on her. It’s getting her to stay put on the lap that’s the tricky bit, because when I sit down to knit, she swarms up so she’s lying on top of my boobs with her head tucked under my chin. This means I have to drop the knitting and support her back legs.

Mr Studmuffin is obviously versed in the feline arts of selective language skills, selective deafness, and inconveniencing humans at every opportunity.

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

He is also incredibly loving and very cute.

And I found this documentary just now:
http://youtu.be/bDuLeXx2Gv0

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
5 years ago

There are a million ways to rear children well and which method is right has more to do with who the parent is and what their kid’s like than anything else.

QFT!!!

Yeah, having a plan that cannot be changed in place for how your kid will be raised sounds like a recipe for disaster, because you may end up with a kid whose needs the plan doesn’t address at all.

Oooh, boy howdy! I am living that! I think I may go into improv, because I do it every damned day!

grumpyoldnurse – that better be fair trade moonlight and shade-grown mother’s love, or else your kids are going to grow up with poor self-actualization skills and end up at Central University.

Oh, no! I is fail! ::hangs head in shame:: OTOH, neither of my parents graduated high school, so I’m already a super over acheiver!! My kids should do better than me, quite easily.

I mean, come on. It’s a given that mamas love their kids and would walk through fire for them. Being willing to go the extra mile and stab someone does not mean you love your kid more than everybody else.

What it does mean, IMHO, is that mama bear is raising a future bully, just like her.

@ kittehserf – That’s very pretty! I wish I was crafty like you (but not enough to actually learn to do it – anything I’ve ever tried to knit looks like a spider was on hallucinogens and got lost in its own web!).

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

That was in my inbox this morning! I <3 Cole and Marmalade.

Kim
Kim
5 years ago

Perhaps a cloth or blanket of some sort over Mr Studmuffin to protect him from the evils of yarn.

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

@ kittehserf – That’s very pretty!

Thank ‘ee!

I wish I was crafty like you (but not enough to actually learn to do it – anything I’ve ever tried to knit looks like a spider was on hallucinogens and got lost in its own web!).

You could do that and make a fortune selling it as fine art y’know!

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
5 years ago

Maybe not – my granny tried to teach me to knit socks. Somehow, I wound up knitting them inside out. I don’t think even pretentious yuppies could be tricked into buying my wares!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

You have seen Etsy, right?

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

You have seen Etsy, right?

Bwahahahahaha!

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
5 years ago

@ cassandrakitty – some abominations should never see the light of day, for they are too horrible to behold (even on Etsy)!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

And that’s why Regretsy exists.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
5 years ago

Socks are a hard way to learn. Not very fair to start there.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
5 years ago

LOL!!!

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
5 years ago

@ thebewilderness – my granny never did anything by half measures.

Kim
Kim
5 years ago

Regretsy doesn’t exist anymore though.

SittieKitty
5 years ago

yea, scarves. start at scarves. they are literally just squares that never end and it’s super simple…

In other news, I have three half pairs of gloves for my sister I keep making but then they aren’t the right size and I like other colours and… yea, i definitely need to actually finish one of these gd pairs one day…

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

yea, scarves. start at scarves. they are literally just squares that never end and it’s super simple…

Which is exactly how Tom Baker’s scarf got knitted – the woman doing it was given so much wool and got carried away!

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
5 years ago

Oh, here’s a fun one. Some guy asked on a forum “So what is this gamer gate thing people are on about,” a few other people and I responded with Wiki and RationalWiki links giving a full timeline with sources, one jackass posted a lengthier version of “ZOE QUINN FIVE GUYS FEMINAZI SJWS SLUTS SLUTS SLUTS IT’S ABOUT ETHICS,” we got ignored and the jackass got thanked. The asker knew exactly what his opinion on this idiocy is and just wanted to waste our time, didn’t he.

strivingally
5 years ago

Tadhg Kelly with a piece on how GamerGate is pretty much disintegrating as the non-trolls start to distance themselves from it in greater numbers. Predictably for the crowd who took a call for greater inclusiveness as a personal attack at them and their hobby, the GGers are already finding ways to discredit him as another “SJW shill!”. Instead of actually taking on board the bits of advice that might make something positive out of the rubble.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

In order for that to occur “making something positive happen” would have to be the goal, which it never was.

strivingally
5 years ago

@ck:

Absolutely, and that’s Kelly’s point (which I articulated poorly). Despite what the small number of duped “moderate” GGers are claiming, the movement can’t be “salvaged” because it’s fundamentally broken and poisoned.

The only useful purpose its noisy rise and demise might serve is to show how important it is that gaming culture adapts to include and cater to a much broader and more diverse audience than the “core market” GGers are claiming they’re defending the interests of. That, and showing that Twitter is way broken and needs much better mechanisms for handling abuse!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

More than that, ideally it might demonstrate that, despite ongoing hiccups, society as a whole has moved past the point where this kind of shit is socially acceptable. So, for the people still pushing it, the message is – you’ve lost, give it up already.

Chockanga
Chockanga
5 years ago

“Despite what the small number of duped “moderate” GGers are claiming, the movement can’t be “salvaged” because it’s fundamentally broken and poisoned.”

Why did you use the word “poisoned”? Are you a MRA? Watch out, or David will write a piece about the striking similarities between your language and that of death threats.

Kootiepatra
Kootiepatra
5 years ago

If I may ask a question about something from a page or two back:

I wonder if they will take it down when they read the more recent confession by Gonji that he lied about pretty much everything.

@thebewilderness, or anyone with the info –

I’ve been following the GamerGate mess pretty closely, but somehow I missed that one. Is there a (preferably non-head-desky) place to read more details on it? I had heard he had released some sort of statement claiming to be sad that dumping his little diatribe in a cesspool with a long history of harassing Quinn ending up getting her harassed more, but I’ve never heard that he retracted anything from the original spiel.

Re: the present comment thread: that dress is spectacular. 10/10 would wear with a killer pair of boots.

Misha
Misha
5 years ago

kittehserf, that is gorgeous 🙂

Aitch
Aitch
5 years ago

kittehs, oh my that’s beautiful. Almost making me start to learn to knit if you can get things like thát at the end! 🙂

Unimaginative
5 years ago

I mean, come on. It’s a given that mamas love their kids and would walk through fire for them.

Yeah, no. Not every person who gives birth is a good mama.

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

That knit dress is stunning. If I only had the time…and the cash…

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
5 years ago

Kootiepatra, I read about it in a thread on Lawyers Guns & Money. There is a link there.
Basicaly he splains that they were broken up at the time that Zoe had sexual relations with men not him and that he was at that time having sexual relations with women not Zoe. You may recall that that was his justification lie for seeking revenge against her. That she cheated on him. Nope.
Anyway. Check out the thread on LG&M.

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

Glad y’all like that dress! That designer does some beautiful stuff. You can see it on Ravelry, too.

SittieKitty
5 years ago

Lol. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/anita-sarkeesian-gamergate-interview-20141017?page=3 You know your gaming movement is terrible when Rolling Fucking Stone condemns you…

Kootiepatra
Kootiepatra
5 years ago

Thanks, thebewilderness! I shall look it up momentarily.

janinmi
5 years ago

Apologies in advance for the tangent of this comment and potential blockquote failure, but my search-fu is crap today. Not sure if this is even the correct post, but here goes.

What would a hypothetically constructed world in which Feminism has been decisively defeated, and women have been returned to their natural condition as Slaves look like?

SF writer Suzy McKee Charnas wrote a tetralogy (not a quadrilogy, Hollywood nincomptwits!) called the Holdfast Chronicles on this topic. Titles are Walk to the End of the World (1974), Motherlines (1978), The Furies (1994) and The Conqueror’s Child (1999). Tough read due to the despair infused into the first and second books, but worth a look. I recommend it, fwiw; it ends better than it starts.

janinmi
5 years ago

Ahem. That should be:

Titles are Walk to the End of the World (1974), Motherlines (1978), The Furies (1994) and The Conqueror’s Child (1999). Tough read due to the despair infused into the first and second books, but worth a look. I recommend it, fwiw; it ends better than it starts.

vaiyt
5 years ago

What would a hypothetically constructed world in which Feminism has been decisively defeated, and women have been returned to their natural condition as Slaves look like?

Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

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