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Today in #GamerGate: Entitled manchildren use manic pixel dream girl as their shield (again)

Vivian James would rather be playing video games.
Vivian James, Agent of SHIELD

Like their identical cousins the Men’s Rights Activists, GamerGaters have a bizarre fondness for terrible graphics and “memes” and collages of blurry screenshots designed – if that’s the word for it – to spread their sometimes incomprehensible propaganda.

The graphic above, found on Twitter, is my favorite GamerGate graphic so far, I think, and not only because it looks like a famous old Windows screensaver gone wrong. No, this little graphic wins my heart because it so baldly, if inadvertently, reveals the sheer ridiculous hypocrisy of GamerGaters claims of victimhood, and the intellectual bankruptcy of their #NotYourShield campaign.

In the graphic, as you can see, GamerGate’s mascot Vivian James, the perpetually petulant girl gamer who wants to do nothing but game, tries to fend off an array of accusations and epithets swirling around her. “Cis White Male,” “Misogynist,” “Rapist,” “KKK,” “MRA.”

But Vivian James can’t be any of those things, apparently, because she’s a GIRL. NOT YOUR SHIELD!

While it’s certainly true that Vivian James is not a cis white male, or a rapist or a member of the KKK,  it’s also true that she is COMPLETELY IMAGINARY.

Unlike all those GamerGaters who are indeed cis white males, misogynists, rapists, nazis and MRAs.

If you’re trying to change the perception that your movement is made up of a bunch of entitled (and, FWIW, mostly white) manchildren who feel threatened by real women with opinions different from their own, you might want to think twice about using a manic pixel dream girl whose slogan is “shut up and play” as your, yep, shield.

Oh, I know, there are real women involved in GamerGate. But aside from Vivian James and the non-gaming “based mom” Christina Hoff Sommers, and perhaps our friend Cameralady, it’s doubtful even most GamerGaters could name more than one or two, if that.

EDIT: As several people on Twitter have reminded me, I forgot to mention one of the most creepy things about Vivian J. — the color scheme of her sweater is apparently a reference to a really creepy, rapey meme called “piccolo dick.” Which you can read about here, if for whatever reason you want to.

Also: the phrase “manic pixel dream girl,” a reference to the manic pixie dream girl trope, popped into my head partway through writing this. But after posting this I decided to google it to see if anyone else had used the phrase — it seems like a pretty obvious one. And indeed people have. Here’s a cartoon called Manic Pixel Dream Girl, an account of growing up as a female video gamer.

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pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

I feel there needs to be a new D&D manual with Social Justice as a new prestige warrior class. Clearly White Knights will be a new paladin class.

Both get an extra roll on loots, where rolling higher than a 6 will enable them to take the loots off the manliest player.

Bogdan Cvetkovic
7 years ago

Both get an extra roll on loots, where rolling higher than a 6 will enable them to take the loots off the manliest player.

And steal their precious bodily fluids.

pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

You owe me a new monitor and a new keyboard. 😛

katz
7 years ago

The White Knight has the Knight’s Challenge ability, but it only protects feeeeeemale characters.

pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

And each party is compulsorily assigned the Mangina, a class of Bard. Ahead of each boss fight, the Magina rolls and has a 50/50 chance of taking all the intelligence and wisdom from each male character and splitting it equally across all the female characters. Female characters have their save rolls quadrupled in power. Additionally, male characters are silenced for the duration of the fight.

strivingally
7 years ago

Does a White Knight get saving throws vs disingenuous pissing-on-your-leg-and-telling-you-it’s-raining bullshit? I feel like I could use those when dealing with Gators.

pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

The only downside with the Social Justice warrior is that, each turn, you get a random horde of trolls turning up that you have to fight off.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Recently though it was brought to my attention that our tendency to use phrases like “manchildren” against MRAs is kind of… crummy.

Argh.

Infantilizing someone isn’t innately ableist. I don’t like it for other reasons, but no, not because of that.

And I have to admit, I feel really weird arguing against this, but the premise of this argument isn’t something I agree with and I really disagree with this being presented as an argument AT ALL, rather than a point of view.

Going to offer apologies all around, if I originally sounded like this. I was expressing an opinion, not trying to tell everyone what to do. (I probably sounded like this. Going to do my best to avoid being pompous in the future.)

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

Oh katz, you are the artist I could never be. Great job on the comic. Now to use it as the initial tweet for #FreeVivian

katz
7 years ago

Kirby: Glad you liked it! I was using the hashtag #FreeVivianJames.

Zolnier
7 years ago

You know you can male a fictional advocate for anything, like Beer-smash McManFuck, the straight, cis-male Ultimate Fighter who does not like GamerGate. I suppose he’s less official than Vivian James because I just made him up instead of constructing out of Manic Pixie Dream Girls.

Aerinea
Aerinea
7 years ago

Katz, I love your ink and color job! She looks great!

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

Makes me wish I had a twitter account so I could retweet. Ah well.

Pocket Nerd
7 years ago
Reply to  katz

Katz, that is zogging brilliant. Thank you!

Pocket Nerd
7 years ago
Reply to  strivingally

Thus Spake Zarastrivingally:

Alternate names:
Evelyn Hupp (levelin’ up!)
Shiva Talok (achievement unlocked… okay, that one’s a stretch)
Xenia Platt (or anything else that gives you “XP” as initials)

Sigourney Ride is awesome (because Sigourney) but I quite like Evelyn Hupp as well. 🙂

Clearly we need several — and after all, there’s more than one woman who games.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago


“Hey Viv, you ready for some Borderlands Pre-Sequel?”

“Oh crap. I can’t right now, I’m in a helicopter.”

“You can’t? Viv, we’ve been waiting for practically forever for this did you say helicopter?”

“Yeah, it’s been a weird day.”

“Umm… when will you not be in a helicopter?”

“They say it’s gonna be another two hours.”

“Sure, OK. Go off on a helicopter ride. I’ll just spend the next two hours planning my Athena build.”

“WHAT?!? No fucking way, I called dibs!”

“Sorry Viv, but unless you somehow find a laptop and wireless hotspot in midair, you snooze you…”

*Vivian James is now online*

“… How did you?”

“I did some convincing. Let’s do this thing.”

Is this fan fiction? Because I think I’m falling in love with writing fan fiction.

gilshalos
7 years ago

We could always start an online comic…

Aerinea
Aerinea
7 years ago

That could easily be another comic, kirbywarp.

I do like the name Evelyn Hupp too, and another girl gamer, who is still different from Vivian James and Sigourney Ride would be awesome.

katz
7 years ago

We could always start an online comic…

I did post it on A Voice For Pierre.

Aerinea
Aerinea
7 years ago

Also, I don’t think we want to overdo it. Freeing Vivian James and stuff with her fellow gamers should be left for when inspiration strikes.

Skye
Skye
7 years ago

You all rock. The comic is awesome, Katz. So is Sigourney Ride.

Kirbywarp’s fan fic is great too.

Since we’re doing the SJW D&D classes again, can I be a SJW druid? Maybe Anachronist can do another episode.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
7 years ago

No capes! Absolutely positively no capes ever again!

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