An open letter to @Zennistrad and @srhbutts #GamerGate

Dear Zennistrad and srhbutts, (No, I’m not making fun of her, her twitter handle actually has ‘butts’ in it, just roll with it)

This is a response to our earlier conversation where you asked me to clarify why TFYC’s contest wasn’t sexist and Intel’s was.

Sexism is judging someone based on their sex. Saying ‘this person is stupid because he’s a man or because she’s a woman’. Racism is… well, that, but with race instead of sex.

TFYC selected 5 women for its contest, but determined who it would fund based on the merit of the game presented (the contest required you make a concept and prototype). Is that sexist? Eh, maybe, but ultimately their decision laid in the merit of the game, so I don’t consider it such.

Intel is giving money to brand-new startups based entirely on sex and race. Correct me if I’m wrong (i could’ve missed something) but Intel has no guarantee about any of the start-ups they’re funding because they’re brand-new startups. And most small businesses fail within the first year. There is no reason at all to back these companies other than ‘they’re started up by women’ or ‘the owner is X race’

These two scenarios are *not the same thing*, as you two kept trying to say they are: one is based largely on merit, the other entirely on sex and race.

But that wasn’t even my point when I responded to Sarah’s original tweet – my point is that she was utterly dismissing the arguments that Intel’s move could be considered sexist/racist… even though Intel’s move is based entirely on sex and race.

Let me end with my own opinion on Intel’s ‘diversity movement’. I don’t really care if Intel decides to hand out cash to new start-ups – I actually think it’s a good idea, America needs more jobs. I’m annoyed that they want to limit it by race and gender (because it’s pretty blatantly a PR stunt), but at least they’re building groups up rather than tearing a different group down. My issue is with how Sarah chose to respond to critics of the move by dismissing the argument entirely.

David

PS. Also, as TVTokyoBen stated, TFYC has a completely different motive than Intel.

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2 comments on “An open letter to @Zennistrad and @srhbutts #GamerGate

  1. If one feels, as many do (as some people at Intel did) that women (or PoC, etc.) are underrepresented in the industry, one might make an effort to prop up and help women (or PoC, etc.) with a specific effort. This is not judging them on their sex/gender/race. It’s helping them overcome real (or perceived) problems that prior discrimination (sexism, racism, etc.) caused them.

    The day white men have the same pervasive problems of discrimination and sexism that women and PoC face in the industry, I’ll be right there supporting actions to solve those problems. Right now, white men as a group have it much, much easier than everyone else.

    Can you see now?

    • halftangible says:

      (sorry this took so long to approve – I don’t check my wordpress as often as I should)

      “This is not judging them on their sex/gender/race.”
      Yes it is.

      I don’t care if Intel wants to do an initiative to get women in programming or gaming or wherever, I really don’t. It’s their money, and at absolute worst it’ll go to waste. At best, we’ll get new start-ups funded.

      But please stop pretending that you’re not making judgements based on sex, gender or race. Even by your argument, Intel judged that these women were being oppressed and needed a leg up because of their gender.

      “The day white men have the same pervasive problems of discrimination and sexism that women and PoC face in the industry-”

      -the discrimination and sexism that has never been proven, it’s just been ASSUMED to exist-

      “-I’ll be right there supporting actions to solve those problems.”

      We live in a society that genuinely believes it is impossible for a man to be raped by a woman (seriously, look it up, by legal definition a woman isn’t raping a man by forcing him to penetrate her vagina unless she penetrates him) and that a woman would never lie about BEING raped. (UVA, LaCrosse, etc). An infant prince was declared an enemy of feminism before he was a day old because he’d been born with a penis.

      Men are treated like animals and you want to tell me there’s no problem?

      “Right now, white men as a group have it much, much easier than everyone else.”

      We’re the only group in the world that’s not allowed to complain about discriminatory practices because it’s horribly racist to do so.

      “Can you see now?”

      No, not really. I hear this argument a LOT, but it doesn’t make any more sense with repetition.

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