Brianna Wu faces a lot of scorn and abuse right now from Gamergate. And also this.
Gamergate, realising Brianna Wu makes games, now claiming she's not a "REAL" dev. pic.twitter.com/bD6KWimnZ4
— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) November 3, 2014
Wu has faced and is facing harassment, was chased out her home and continues to fight against abuse – despite good reasons not to. So while facing a horde of misogynists and other horrible people, now is certainly a good time to take your big boy pants to her work! Totally!
@tauriqmoosa I don't care about her personal life, but professionally, she is making us look bad.
— Alexander (@Bane_Alex_Uk) November 3, 2014
Aside from the fact that saying a person who develops isn’t a “real” developer – which No True Scotsman cuts across like a train – it’s just… pointless.
It’s just unnecessary.
I have numerous problems with Sarkeesian’s work, not least her views on sex work. But the world isn’t coming to an end because my opinions haven’t been voiced. I don’t see why it’s necessary right now to do so. I also have other concerns.
But mainly: Sarkeesian, Wu, etc., are facing a mob of hostility from the internet and adding to that – no matter how well intentioned – is a jerk move.
Instead of using my limited time and resources to target Wu or Sarkeesian, I use it against the mob hating them.
If I can focus my criticism and use my finite time and finite energy to respond to an online mob attacking racists, I’d think gamers could do something similar for game devs and critics they don’t like. Oh, so you think Brianna Wu is a crap or fake game dev: yes, now is the perfect time to Tweet about that and make that your response (consistently in his interaction with me). And way to dismiss concerns of her safety as that being her “personal life”.
Sorry but I defended people who might hate me for my skin colour. What is so important about vidya games that it needs brave defenders targeting harmless women who everyone knows is being harassed and targeted? You have the freedom to criticise them, just as I have the freedom to tell you that’s pretty vile.
I don’t know but it seems to me more moral – ITS ABOUT ETHICS, AFTER ALL! – to use your finite energy where it’s most needed, instead of being another person trying to score points against a harmless woman on the internet.