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A new low: One of Zoe Quinn's harassers was selling rape fanfic about her on Amazon

The "book" as it appeared on Amazon
The “book” as it appeared on Amazon

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Every time you think they can’t go any lower, they go lower. This morning game designer and #GamerGate target Zoe Quinn discovered that someone was selling, er, “erotic fiction” about her on Amazon. Which is to say: a Kindle eBook apparently filled with explicit descriptions of her being gang-raped by five “upset” gamers trying to “teach her a lesson.”

Here’s the author’s blurb for the book:

Zada Quinby is a controversial video game designer who may have stepped the line…

When her latest game offends the nation, five upset players decide to teach her a lesson. This gang of gamers decides to give Zada of piece of their mind, and much more!

Things are about to get incredibly rough when these five men unleash their pent up anger on poor Zada. It’s an experience that she’ll never forget.

As Quinn, a rape survivor, put it:

Apparently I was a character in the “book” as well.

I say apparently because I haven’t read it. Few people have. In the one silver lining to all this: Amazon took it down shortly after a reporter for Raw Story called them to ask about it. But you can see an archived version of the page here.

Unfortunately, not everyone on Twitter thought the book was a bad thing. Here’s how one terrible person responded when #GamerGate opponent Ian Miles Cheong posted about the book being on Amazon.

@MilesVork has complained that this tweet was taken out of context, but that is the entirety of the exchange, and he has since refused to apologize for it. He also, for what it’s worth, claims not to be a #GamerGater, though if you scroll back through his tweets you will see a number of nasty attacks on another of #GamerGate’s main targets, whom he describes as an “absolute cumbucket” and “a bigger bucket of crazy than all the stupidity in GG combined.”

When @PixieJenni posted a screenshot of the above exchange on Twitter, this conversation ensued. Some highlights:

    Paul Wood ‏@SuperRetroid · 2h2 hours ago     @DiehardDante @PixieJenni Would you be fine with someone writing rapefic about your mother or other significant woman in your life?     0 replies 0 retweets 0 favorites     Zadok Allen ‏@DiehardDante · 11m11 minutes ago     @SuperRetroid @PixieJenni I'd be confused as to what they did to warrant it     0 replies 0 retweets 0 favorites     Jenni Goodchild ‏@PixieJenni · 9m9 minutes ago     @DiehardDante @SuperRetroid Sorry - are you implying there are certain situations were it's justified?     0 replies 0 retweets 0 favorites  Zadok Allen ‏@DiehardDante @PixieJenni @SuperRetroid What makes Zoe Quinn so sacred and untouchable? Hell if anything the reaction shows that this is NEEDED.

I think it’s safe to say that @DieHardDante is a #GamerGater, if his dozens if not hundreds of Tweets on the subject are any indication. He also seems to think  anti-Semitic cartoons are hilarious.

There is no bottom to this barrel.

H/T — r/GamerGhazi for some of the links above; thanks as well to those who alerted me to this on Twitter

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Kav P
6 years ago

Probably good to mention how DieHardDante told me, knowing I am Hindu, to suck off a cow. 😀 He’s a really pleasant man!

Viscaria
Viscaria
6 years ago

A person being upset when someone writes and sells fiction about them being raped is proof that it was necessary to write and sell fiction about them being raped. That is a truly repellent belief.

Kay P, I’m sorry about what he said to you. What a prize of a person.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

I dropped Amazon when they published the child rape instruction book.. I see they have not changed their ways.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

That is not a two dot ellipsis I will have you know. It is a two dot period cuz I wanted to stop, full stop. Emphatically.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Gamergate is just bursting with ethics!

Kane Thari
6 years ago

What. The. Heck. How is it necessary to publish a fetishistic rape fic? How does the backlash justify it? How is it justified at all? DiehardDante even implied that people, including his loved ones, could do something to deserve it. His logic does not follow any Earth logic. It doesn’t even follow alien logic. It’s exists in some void where logic does not really exist except in some warped parody of itself.

katz
6 years ago

Hey David, you probably saw Jimmy Wales’ response to GamerGate?

https://twitter.com/freebsdgirl/status/545767924779061248

My favorite part is where he suggests that if they want to get taken seriously, they should form a board of directors.

Falconer
6 years ago

Oh god, can you imagine them trying to make Robert’s Rules work?

tigtog
6 years ago

The idea that objecting to the degradation/shaming/harassment of somebody means that the objector thinks that the person is “sacred and untouchable” seriously bugs me. What’s so hard to believe about a worldview that nobody deserves to be treated like that? With a corollary that treating anybody in such a meanspirited and malicious way is something that a person ought to be ashamed of doing, unless they want other people to regard them as repellent and to be avoided?

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

I agree, tigtog. I don’t think people realize what they are saying about themselves when they make that argument.

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

In before someone tries to make this about kink.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

“The reaction shows that this is NEEDED”? For WHAT? What fucking purpose does a rape novella of eleven fucking pages of stupid serve? Ethics? In game journalism? Seriously???

Somebody get on the phone to Beijing and let them know that trolls are about to break through the Earth’s crust somewhere in their general vicinity.

kittehserf
kittehserf
6 years ago

I’d rather like the trolls to break the surface to a welcoming committee of the People’s Liberation Army …

Miss Andry
6 years ago

I know I’m probably not the first person to say this but…”Actually it’s about ethics in rape fiction.”

greyskye
greyskye
6 years ago

@Katz, thank you so much for posting Jimmy Whale’s response. That was pure gold that should be framed and hung on a wall. The best response to GG I have seen yet.

katz
6 years ago

That was pure gold that should be framed and hung on a wall.

Just so long as it wasn’t liquid gold.

Miss Andry
6 years ago

Looks like someone claiming to be the author is posting on /r/KotakuInAction:
http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2pt5f8/ama_i_wrote_the_gamergate_erotica_and_im_not_a/

Michelle C Young
6 years ago

Yeah, I’m just gonna go take a bleach bath now. There just aren’t enough kitties.

childrenofthebroccoli
childrenofthebroccoli
6 years ago

Wow, that Reddit thread is a whole new level of clueless. Is it really that hard to understand that writing “dubcon erotica” about a real person who was driven out of her home by rape threats was a terrible thing to do? Are they seriously surprised that people reacted poorly to this?

Tessa
6 years ago

Miss Andry:

Looks like someone claiming to be the author is posting on /r/KotakuInAction:

http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2pt5f8/ama_i_wrote_the_gamergate_erotica_and_im_not_a/

From the page:

Secondly, no #GamerGate supporters were even mentioned. The tale involved five guys fooling around in a burger joint with a female game designer. It wasn’t a #GamerGate thing (I actually just chose the title because I’d heard about the Five Guys thing and wanted to write a group sex story themed around that idea. #GamerGape was a pun that conveniently worked for a title).

If everybody in the world simultaneously did a facepalm right now… It still wouldn’t be enough.

brooked
6 years ago

Apparently I was a character in the “book” as well.

That’s unsettling. So it wasn’t a GamerGrate thing but they knew who you are and about your coverage. That’s less believable than the trolls we get claiming to not be MRAs and those trolls are not remotely believable.

Fukuda
Fukuda
6 years ago

So, the woman is a game developer called Zada Quinby, they meet in a burger joint (no fries involved?) and the book is titled “GamerGape”?

Yep, no relationship with GamerGate at all…

talbotfish
talbotfish
6 years ago

I actually called Amazon customer service ..and they just kept saying “we don’t understand”

Dan Kasteray
Dan Kasteray
6 years ago

It’s sad that these idiots need to fantasize about rape to feel big. These guys are probably the saddest human being on the planet. When you can only prop yourself up by imagining hurting others, you’re truly dead on the inside. These guys are truly dead inside. Hell, they’re so cowardly they can only do any of this shit anonymously, in a one on one fight Zoe Quinn could probably have these idiots bleeding on the ground and spitting up teeth.

Newsflash, cowardice is not synonymous with harmless. Quite the opposite if this is anything to go by.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Cowards can actually be very dangerous, since they’ll always pick on someone weaker than themselves.

Kootiepatra
6 years ago

*Even if*—and this is requiring me to muster all sorts of unreasonable amounts of benefit of the doubt—*even if* the author was just a random onlooker who gets a kick out of rape-centered stories (ew ew ew ew), and *even if* he was simply mining GamerGate for the language and characters, without having any personal opinion on the matter—this is still a slimy, disgusting, horrible thing to write.

I mean, “Oh, no, it’s okay, because #NotAllGamerGaters” doesn’t improve this. The very best of all possible outcomes (to the point of being literally unbelievable) is that this was a thoughtless, careless, and tasteless throwaway project which was STILL disgustingly misogynistic and inappropriate. Siphoning real controversial names and events to fill up your roster puts you in the middle of said controversy, and yes, you are fully to blame if people “mistakenly” associate your work as weighing in on it, and yes, people are fully justified in being upset that you used their personal identities to do so.

So yeah, even if anyone could manage to believe a word of the AMA, sorry dude, you’re not off the hook for this one.

sn0rkmaiden
6 years ago

I tried to look this book up on amazon when I read this article, it seems they’ve removed it in response to all the complaints.

wrarebit
6 years ago

The author of the book is doing an AMA in Kotaku Inaction right now. She claims she knows nothing about GamerGate.

She also claims it’s not rape because it’s of the “dubcon” (i.e. dubious concept) genre.

Read more here:
http://np.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2pt5f8/ama_i_wrote_the_gamergate_erotica_and_im_not_a/

wrarebit
6 years ago

And now they are suggesting she write stories about other real women.
http://np.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2pt5f8/ama_i_wrote_the_gamergate_erotica_and_im_not_a/cmzx8u7

jo
jo
6 years ago

“She also claims it’s not rape because it’s of the “dubcon” (i.e. dubious concept) genre.”
The coward’s way of describing fiction with sexual assault/rape. Also I kind of doubt the author is actully a she.

jo
jo
6 years ago

“Cowards can actually be very dangerous, since they’ll always pick on someone weaker than themselves.”
Yeah.

Zoe Quinn made a game about depression which I assume is a result of her own struggles with depression. So should would be someone who has been going through a tough time already before this shit happened.
I don’t know much about Quinn. I’ve seen her being interviewed about this GG bullshit. She seems to be a sensitive young woman, who shows a lot of emotion on her face. I do absolutely not mean that in a bad way, rather, it made me feel sympathetic to her.
But cowardly bullies when they see someone like that, they think: “Perfect target”!!
Fuck those cowards.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

The person who wrote that thing needs to be dropped in a bottle dungeon with legos on the bottom without their laptop in order to prevent them from the career writing made-to-order rape fic that they’re apparently about to embark on.

marci
6 years ago

Oh god that AMA is so filled with stupid my head hurts from all the face-palming. The person is clearly not a woman and clearly not a writer. Their (there? wtf) grammar and syntax is all wrong. Of course, I don’t read fanfic, so maybe that’s normal? Either way, both the author of the story and the AMA (even if they are not the same person) is obviously involved in GG. It is pathetic that they are trying to pretend otherwise.

saphy
saphy
6 years ago

@thebewilderness (way upthread)

Amazon sold a child rape instruction book?? How are they still a business??

also, off topic, has anyone else seen this? 🙁

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-snaps-kicks-door-kills-woman-shoots-daughter-receiving-protection-from-abuse-order/

And apparently law enforcement families have higher rates of domestic violence than the general population.

kittehserf
kittehserf
6 years ago

marci – fanfic writing quality varies hugely. I’ve been into one genre of it lately and have seen things that were “Damn, this person writes so well, this should be in print!” and “OMG this sucks so much, they can’t even string a sentence together, no, no, brain bleach, take this person’s keyboard away!”

Johanna Roberts
6 years ago

Wow, that’s… disgusting. I don’t know whether or not I believe the author is a woman, but I’ll take that at face value FOR THE MOMENT as the RPS and Erotic fiction communities are often highly dominated by women. This is one hell of a case of internalized misogyny coming out in a horrible way if the author is a woman, though.

schwadevivre
6 years ago

Rape porn about a real person who has been sexually assaulted and threatened with rape? I’m trying to work out if the author measures up to the emotional maturity of a predatory leech.

@ katz
I love it that the author of the letter to Jimmy Wales says that “Wikipedia has got me through just about all of my undergrad schooling” Most accredited courses specifically warn against that error and some Professors of other courses (PZ are you there?) will castigate a student doing that – at least I think castigate is the word.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
6 years ago

I also love the naive optimism of “Soon I’ll be living off a software engineer’s salary”. Industry ranges vary widely depending on location, experience, and skill set, of course, but it’s a myth that all software engineers rake in the big bucks. The average entry-level code monkey fresh out of college isn’t going to start at six figures. It takes years to acquire the business knowledge to be a lead developer/architect.

And what a tool to think that his ability to donate (or not) should have any impact on Wikipedia’s policies and mission statement. “Oh, you’re planning to be rich soon? Just this once, then, we’ll make an exception and report it YOUR way.”

schwadevivre
6 years ago

@ saphy No I had not seen that. I wonder why the PD was so ready to regard the allegations as “bullshit”

Jay Elmore
6 years ago

“What makes Zoe Quinn so sacred and untouchable?”

From the “movement” that freaked out when Gamasutra supposedly wrote an article claiming gamers are dead.

You smell the ethics from here…

DL
DL
6 years ago

Too bad you can’t burn e-books. This makes me feel like burning the whole internet though.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

Calling these people the scum of the Earth would be unfair to scum.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

I’m not surprised about the cops. If they can and will murder children in the street and get away with it I assume they are getting away with all sorts of acts of brutality.

Zolnier
6 years ago

I can’t believe Amazon was willing to sell this, is there nothing they won’t “publish”? I hope this hasn’t shaken Zoe too much and I hope they didn’t make Dave do anything really horrible in the story.

All in all this makes me laugh much less than Will Wheaton, Sex Machine.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

So, the woman is a game developer called Zada Quinby, they meet in a burger joint (no fries involved?) and the book is titled “GamerGape”?

Yep, no relationship with GamerGate at all…

“Five Guys, #burgersandfries, hurr hurr, all we have to do is claim no connection and people will totally forget THAT happened! No one can read our chatlogs, hurr hurr hurr…”

Yeah, no one except the whole fucking internet, since “Zada” (Zoe + Jada, the Texas teen rape victim whose pic got spread far and wide as #jadapose, as though she were only POSING as a victim) got hold of those #burgersandfries chatlogs and posted them as evidence that her ex was baiting 4channers to go after her. Nobody at all! Hurr, hurr.

These guys are so far up their own butts that they could stick their heads right back out their neckholes again. The only giveaway is the roll that looks like an extra chin.

(And no, I don’t believe the author is really a woman, either, because #notyourshield is no more convincing than THIS dimwitted blahblah. #notyourshield = #totallytheirshield.)

Luzbelitx
6 years ago

@kirbywarp

That fractal facepalm is perfect.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

I propose a new hashtag for all this: #GamerRape.

Luzbelitx
6 years ago

I also think the tool who wrote to Jimmy Wales was neck-deep in a swamp of bullshit.

I don’t believe the engineer part OR the wikipedian part. It doesn’t sound like they understand (or care about) the neutrality policies and how they are applied.

Luzbelitx
6 years ago

@Bina

It sounds like it could backfire catastrophically, if we consider the type of scummiest scum we’re dealing with here :/

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