So self-styled 'social justice' guy Cam Banks recently started a thread on G+ about how maybe they should be less critical and more positive (NOTE: not so positive as to want to include me in it, mind you, but more positive in the sense of not devouring each other,which they've started to do lately with increased frequency). Mike Mearls, creator of the new edition of D&D, showed up and expressed some very reasonable concerns about how the shrillest voices in the 'social justice' crowd were making it harder for him to talk to people in gaming about making positive changes, and how he's experienced more harassment from that crowd than from gaming grognards or whatever.
Some of Cam's friends responded by accusing Mike Mearls of being a Gamergater, and then making the thread about how awful I am and about demanding that he retroactively denounce the people he hired as consultants on 5e; like a scene out of an old Soviet Political Show-Trial. It was complete with calls for Public Denouncing of Impure Thought, explaining how denial of the charges is itself proof of guilt, and up to and including admitting that the only way for Zak S. to stop being condemned by these guys ever would be if he apologized AND never wrote anything for RPGs ever again. The only thing missing was the trip to the Gulag for re-education.
I'm pretty certain for my part that I've done more for diversity in this hobby, actual real diversity, than any of them have. I'm pretty sure I've brought in more women to gaming, because I actually game (and most of the psuedo-activists do not). I'm still the one who put my money where my mouth is and had a trans character on the cover of my RPG. None of them have, because they're all too busy arguing about whether Aleena the Cleric's full-body chainmail is too tight or just how awful a porn actress who doesn't fit their definition of feminist is.
And I'm sure that I've changed more minds than they have, by argument and example, because while they shout slogans that will make their fellow pseudo-activists cheer and engage in witch-hunts that will make everyone else find them repugnant, I'm talking to people more conservative than me and explaining to them how things like Contessa are actually awesome (while the pseudo-activists criticize it for being about "being about women gaming, rather than women talking about being women in gaming"), how having more women gaming makes for more interesting games, how having more LGBT representation in RPGs and settings make sense (and doesn't have to be a 'commie plot' or something). And they're listening to me, because I'm the Pundit, and not someone they are pretty sure doesn't really game and shrieks at them like they're accusing them of some sort of blood-crime, and seems to despise everything about the hobby and just wants it to cease to exist altogether rather than ever proposing anything positive about it. When they don't listen, it's usually because those other guys have gotten there first and shrieked at them, and now they're all the more determined to hunker down and refuse to be rational, out of spite.
The Pseudo-activists spend their time using Outrage as a drug, and weaponizing (and sometimes attacking) people they claim to be championing, in order to win prestige and respect among their own little in-crowd. That preaching to the choir is a lot of sound and fury, but does nothing to win over the people who need to be won over, except antagonize them.
I'm sure some counterexamples can be made, I'm sure some of the pseudo-activist crowd may have at some point, accidentally or even in a rare moment of choosing competence over narcissism, managed to win a heart or a mind here or there; so note that in my case, I'm only saying that I'm "pretty certain" of what I've done and how it measures up compared to them. But I'm DEFINITELY sure Mike Mearls has done more for diversity in this hobby than they ever have. Just through the things he's done with D&D, without excluding, without show-trials, without witch-hunts, but with a strong commitment to inclusion in a way that doesn't condemn anyone, he's won over more gamers than any of the pseudo-activists would ever be able to, if indeed it was their goal to win-over anyone and not just to again and again make themselves feel superior and self-righteous to all the "toxic people" in the "toxic hobby" they actually despise.
They should be giving him a fucking medal, or rather they would if they gave a flying fuck about the things they pretend to care about, rather than accusing him of being a gamergater because he once hired someone else they despise that's also done more for the diversity of the hobby than they have (but likes different elfgames than they do, so he 'must be' the enemy).
So again, fuck them.
Oh and again, Pseudo-Activist Outrage Brigade, figure it out: what people don't like? What they hate and fight back against? It's not your causes, it's you. YOU are the problem. Because you care more about being "seen" to care than about actually making anything better, ever. There's lots of people out there who have no problem at all with feminism, with diversity, with supporting LGBT-causes, with equality, and with the vast majority of people who do things to promote those varied causes... but they sure do hate the fuck out of you. Because its evident to most people just what you're really all about and what you're really doing, and the contempt for everyone and everything but your own utterly delusional sense of grandeur that you do it with.
You are ACTIVELY CAUSING HARM to the causes you claim to advocate for... fuck, why am I bothering? You don't actually give a shit, if you did you wouldn't act this way to start with.
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