Wednesday, 6 April 2016
How the Pseudo-Activist Totalitarians use Lying About YOUR Decency to Win
I had a lot of responses to my entry of a couple of days ago, where I made a categorical and aggressive denial/condemnation of the latest attempt by the Fake-Activist Swine Totalitarians in our hobby trying to use claims of harassment to take over tabletop gaming. The one written by a person immediately after she was denied in her demands to be allowed to CENSOR products of a gaming line, and where she subsequently wrote a ridiculous post claiming in fine Andrea-Dworkin-style tradition that she was repeatedly violated by gamers on countless occasions over the course of years in almost every venue of gaming imaginable, and that this was proof of how all gaming is a product of White Male Evil or something like that, and thus we need to hand over the hobby to Identity Politic activists and Womens Studies graduates who will then decide what is best for all of us and who should be punished and driven out.
Obviously, the "SJWs" out there were outraged and called me all kinds of bad words thinking this is still 2015 and anyone gives a fuck about their manipulation-tactics anymore.
Then, a lot of those gamers who have woken up and figured out the Pseudo-activists' game here were supportive and thanking me for speaking truth to these piece of shit power-mongers. And thanks to all of you for that, and for sharing my entry!
And then there was the Great Mushy Middle. Those people who are neither warm nor hot, and need to be spat out until they're ready to actually stand for something. There were a TON of comments on my blog saying "well, I get that there are people who have been trying to take advantage but did you have to be so mean?!" or "I know that you were personally attacked by some of these people, but is it really helpful to be so aggressive and possibly encourage harassment of women gamers?" or "It seems to me like the person who wrote that tumblr post is not being honest, and its too convenient, and yes she did it after failing to censor a gaming line she was saying stupid things about, BUT if you look at the individual stories that she accounts each of them sound like they could happen to some women gamers somewhere, even if they didn't all happen to her"! A lot of the Mushy Middle were really emphatic about saying that it was a step too far to call her a liar, even if they did think she probably was a liar. There was a lot of "we can't be absolutely totally sure that SOME of it didn't happen to her maybe", as if that somehow means we now need to hand over the keys to the hobby. The otherwise erstwhile RPG Youtube-sensation Samwise Seven, who did a great review of Dark Albion a while back, clearly took the Mushy Middle position. He posted on G+ to the effect of "if someone is using genuine empathy from people that want to help actual victims to pursue their own agendas then they are scum" but at the same time saying "I'd rather be an empathetic sap than someone that always suspects a claim is false".
But does being an 'empathetic sap' extend to saying "ok yes here have control and censorship over my hobby!!" if they threaten you with calling you sexist often enough?
Because that's what it's going to come down to. If you read the original tumblr post, and my rebuttal from Monday, and expressed the notion of "oh but we can't be mean and must be understanding", then you need a fucking reality check. You and all the other saps have to come to terms with the fact that you have two options:
a) Giving a tiny group of extreme-left totalitarians total control over this hobby
b) having this same group of assholes calling you a rapist or a rapist enabler
Because that is the game they are playing with you. They accept no compromise, they want no other concessions. They will not stop until they get what they want. Like any extremists, they cannot be reasoned with and will not be placated by apparent kind words. They will only see those kind words as a sign of weakness and submission and appropriately increase their demands to the next level while telling more fake horror-stories and accusing you of being even worse than before if you don't comply.
And look, I GET your natural instinct is to really be scared of being called those things that they are threatening to call you, even by someone who is so transparently self-serving that it would never be credible. I get that even in that situation, it is a scary and gross feeling for you because you are fundamentally a decent person, who has been taught all their life to be kind to others, and to worry about vulnerable people being hurt. That fundamental decency is exactly what they're planning to use against you.
So just the mere thought of anyone accusing you of being a "white male terrorist" (implying that you are a racist and sexist) is AWFUL to you, because, and this is the important part: you are NOT a racist or sexist.
If you were a 'white male terrorist', you would not be affected by this even a little bit.
They know that. They know that you are not a horrible person who wants women to be raped and minorities abused. They know that you fundamentally believe that everyone should be treated fairly and equally, that everyone should get to participate, and that everyone should have a voice.
By claiming in a really aggressive way that you do not believe those things, they stun you into being willing to make concessions that are UTTERLY UNREASONABLE, giving these people (who no one elected and for whom no minority asked them to be spokespeople) the power to censor, criminalize, crush dissent and impose their view on everyone through force. They are scaring you with false allegations into giving them undeserved power that they have every intention of abusing for their own purposes. That's how totalitarians win.
The real 'false allegation' in this woman's piece of shit article was not her claims about being sexually attacked at just about every gaming venue imaginable (although those are so obviously ridiculous lies), the real false allegation was when she accused YOU, the reader, of being complicit in that. And her motive for doing so was to get personal gain for her and her group, which she plans to use to take away freedom of speech and to literally hurt other people (to ruin lives and careers).
So please consider this, and think carefully about just what is the really 'considerate' thing to do here.
Currenty Smoking: Lorenzetti Volcano + H&H's Beverwyck