On April 15th, Zoe Quinn spoke at a congressional briefing about “online harassment of women,” apparently held exactly two weeks too late. Sponsored by Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA), this briefing, the government equivalent of an optional seminar, was organized to “discuss the prevalence of cyberstalking and online threats.”
Murmurs on the Twittersphere indicate that the wealthy parents of Alex Lifshitz, Quinn’s current suitor, are politically connected to Rep. Clark’s campaign funds. Perhaps that’s the channel through which this unimpressive developer and polarizing dramatis personae was allowed to occupy taxpayer-funded chairspace at a governmentally catered non-event.
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In an article which reads precisely like a propaganda piece straight out of Cold War Russia, The Verge wrote that:
“Quinn, along with other prominent critics like Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu, has helped push conversations about online harassment mainstream, forcing the GamerGate movement back to the fringes. Critics did manage to hijack the briefing’s hashtag, #StopWebH8, but hopefully gaining the attention of lawmakers in Congress matters more than internet invective.”
They apparently forgot that internet invective is 90% of Zoe’s output to begin with, not to mention that cozying up to one ideologue with a neighboring agenda isn’t exactly any more useful than anything else one partisan politician bleats over from one day to the next.
“It’s difficult to speak out if you don’t have the support to speak out.” said Quinn, the well-paid and eternally defended habitual liar. Speaking briefly in front of a room stocked with attendees most likely drawn only from supporters of Rep. Clark’s Gender Politics agenda, Quinn expressed how hard it has been to pretend to be targeted by absolutely everyone who doesn’t agree with her, and then rake in piles of sympathetic dollars for the ‘trouble’.
“Young female internet users (age 18-24) experience the most severe online violence. “
The very notion that “online violence” is a real problem is utterly laughable. The suggestion that words on a screen are capable of causing harm to some fragile parody of an oppressed minority and thus should be totally eradicated lest somebody’s feelings get hurt is ridiculous. Words don’t hurt anyone, but censorship hurts our culture and the dialogue which is necessary for healthy, intelligent thought.
Furthermore, the idea that people like Zoe represent some kind of common example of how every single woman is always attacked by every man is idiotic, and obviously plays right into her hands. Not only is it as simple as shutting up about your gender online if you really wanted to not be “harassed” (read: teased) for being female, the sheer magnitude of Quinn’s intentionally divisive stances on every issue she can stick her fingers into (or vice-versa) obliterate any chance that she’s a real representation of what usually happens.
Guess what? If you say shit online that makes people mad, some of those people are gonna be pissed enough to try and make you mad too. That’s how it goes, it isn’t some kind of orchestrated campaign.
But of course, these types of people know that perfectly well. They want you to play their game of bait and sympathy, so they can make more cash on Patreon. Zoe knows that she isn’t being targeted for any reason more than making herself a big fat target, and waving her red ass in front of the bulls. It’s her business model: incite anger from somebody, get attacked for it, then pretend that you’re some benighted pariah who needs sympathy-bucks to save your very soul. It’s worked time and again, to the point that one wonders what she’d be doing if not for the “terrible harassment” she’s so keen to highlight at every opportunity. Perhaps inventing the world’s most boring Twine game in relative obscurity?
If you live in Massachusetts, you’ve been done wrong. Write a letter to your representative and tell her she’s making a mistake by aligning herself with divisive liars and disingenuous rhetoric. The rest of us will have to be happy with rolling our eyes at how far these sorts are willing to go to give themselves the appearance of being important.
This entire social movement is based around a core of lying sociopaths who do everything to promote an image of righteousness and power, but in reality they’re shouting into the storm of actual culture from the safety of their echo chambers, and their influence extends only so far as their money and deception can carry them.