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With #GamerGate floundering, the Internet Douchebag Squad whips up a #Shirtstorm

Graph tracking the decline of #GamerGate, and the sudden surge of #Shirtstorm
Graph tracking the decline of #GamerGate, and the surge of #Shirtstorm, posted by GGer @Eggkin “thanking #shirtstorm & the femloons for keeping the spark alive.”

By all rights, the furor over rocket scientist Matt Taylor’s cheesecake shirt should have died down by now. After being chided earlier this week for marring the celebration over the landing of a space probe ON A GODDAMNED COMET by doing interviews in a tacky shirt covered with half-naked ladies, Taylor offered a brief but heartfelt apology. You would have thought we’d all be able to move on.

Not so fast. Because these days apparently no controversy can ever be over as long as it serves someone’s interest to keep it going. And so a loose but very familiar coalition of reactionaries and antifeminists and angry techies have started flogging an amorphous cause they call #Shirtgate or, more popularly, #Shirtstorm, purporting to be outraged that Taylor was “humiliated” into apologizing.

So many of the angriest voices in this, er, conversation are #GamerGaters it looks a lot like a sequel. Call it GamerGate Part Two: The Straw Graspening. And it’s not just me making the connection: #GamerGaters and #Shirtstormers, often one and the same, are making the connection:

https://twitter.com/Scrumpmonkey/status/533409838207078400

Heck, our old friend Milo is making the connection:

https://twitter.com/Nero/status/533727009105801216

Oh, it’s a veritable #GamerGate Old Home Week! GG mainstays Thunderf00t and Mundane Matt have rushed out videos about The Shirt.

People are making graphics covered with hard-to-read text:

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There are giant complicated conspiracy theory graphics covered with red lines and angry red text. This one notes that Chris Plante, who wrote an article criticizing Taylor’s shirt, also wrote one of the now-notorious “Gamers are Dead” pieces.

https://twitter.com/Reyeko_/status/533482641774100480

Apparently there were a few dudes who were none too pleased with Plante’s story on The Shirt:

https://twitter.com/plante/status/533244307105648640

#Shirtstormers wrote angry “letters” in too-small-type. (Click here for larger, more readable version and here for one with angry graphics, too.)

https://twitter.com/Alpha_duck1/status/533698520100777984

While others tried to draw a parallel between Taylor’s alleged “humiliation” and … rape.

https://twitter.com/MSamenfink/status/533812500429828097

Neo-reactionaries and “Dark Enlightenment” types see opportunity in the #Shirtstorm hashtag.

https://twitter.com/voxday/status/533336186535030784

https://twitter.com/antidemblog/status/533341319184531456

https://twitter.com/BernardChapin/status/533628518077186049

As do MRAs:

https://twitter.com/deanesmay/status/533758421158227969

As does this familiar name:

They’re all there, all hoping to turn a debate over a shirt into another endless internet Benghazi.

 

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Puddleglum
7 years ago

Dammit, I meant to include womanist in that list. My apologies.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Just out of curiosity, Kat, why are you so determined to pick a fight with me? It’s not going to happen no matter how much you try, just FYI, and I’m far from the only person disagreeing with you or telling you that your teal deers are boring, so your constant “but she said/did!!!” is a bit weird.

Also, what Sparky. Puddleglum, and Katz said. If anyone is really interested in what makes women like Sommers tick, I recommend Right Wing Women by Andrea Dworkin. It can be hard to find print copies, but there’s a free PDF available.

http://www.feministes-radicales.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Andrea-DWORKIN-Right-Wing-Women-The-Politics-of-Domesticated-Females-19831.pdf

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

@ Puddleglum

Yep, primarily radfem here, with some strong ecofem and socialist tendencies here. I took that test once where they try to plot where on the feminist spectrum you fall and nope, not a lot of libfem going on in my case.

grumpyoldnurse
7 years ago

Thanks for the link, cassandrakitty! I’ve bookmarked it 🙂

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

No problem! I think all of Dworkin’s books are available as PDFs now actually.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

I think I was a libfem for about a year around the age of 20, but it wore off.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Once you’ve caught it and recovered you have lifetime immunity, like with measles.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Lol, that’s good to know!

kittehserf - MOD
kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

Makes me wonder if part of being a libfem is the socialisation of women to be nice to men just raising its ugly head in a different way.

Bear
Bear
7 years ago

@ WWTH

I wish Mako was the main protagonist instead. She was the far more interesting character and contrary to what studio execs think, that would not have driven away the vast majority of male audiences.

Seconding. I would’ve liked it more if Mako were the main character. Raleigh was a bland white guy. Mixed him up with Chuck at some points.

@ kirbywarp

I was really disappointed that the whole mind-meld thing of Pacific Rim didn’t seem to be fleshed out.

True! One of the writers posted a lot of extra stuff on his Tumblr about the side-effects of the neural handshake and I was like, “Why was this not in the movie???” The ghost-drifting thing was kind of in the movie—when Chuck and Raleigh were beating up one another—but it was pretty easy to miss.

vaiyt
7 years ago

I’m going to rewrite Atlas Shrugged word for word and call it “The Soviet Adventures of John Galt The Socialist”.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

I could have lived with the implied relationship at the end of Pacific Rim, it was the fact that they made her pass out at just the right moment so that the bland white dude had to go defeat the monsters by himself and get all the glory that really annoyed me. From a storytelling POV it should have been her who landed the final bomb, in order to complete her narrative arc.

marinerachel
marinerachel
7 years ago

The baby kaiju was cute.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Narrative arcs are misandry.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Women always become incapacitated at just the right moment to avoid threatening a man’s ego.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Like in Tomorrow Never Dies. It totally ruined the movie.

wordsp1nner
7 years ago

Ah, yes. The Dude Must Always Be The Protagonist problem. I never saw Pacific Rim (wanted to, but never got around to it) but that is like half my problem with Guardians of the Galaxy. “Ugh, why is this dude getting in the way of Gamora being awesome?”

The other half was the jokes about how sexually active women were worthless. Stay classy, friends!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Whenever dudes make those jokes all I hear is “I am terrible in bed and terrified that she’ll notice if she has anything to compare me to”.

pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

Stupid question from me: is libfem short for libertarian feminist?

Because I always read lib as liberal, i.e. pro abortion rights, pro intersectionality, etc. I think I am going to get lost in terminology.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
7 years ago

My understanding was that believing that women should be equal under the law — a belief that Sommers has expressed, not necessarily sincerely — is a feminist belief.

Yeah, see, actually this is the root of the problem.

Once upon a time, being a woman in a public space was a radical feminist act. Find some of those editorial cartoons regarding first-wave feminism conventions. Just being a woman, in a public space, was a radical feminist act.

It’s not a radical feminist act anymore. If we judge contemporary feminism by past standards, literally every woman who says a thing in public is a radical feminist. That’s obviously a ludicrous conclusion. So is trying to claim that CHS is a feminist because she thinks it’s okay if women go to college (but only to study the warm fluffy subjects like art history). Once upon a time that would have been a radical belief, but it isn’t today. If you want to set standards by the past, go all the hell the way back to the early 1800s and make every woman who talks in public a radical feminist, too.

Here’s the thing: feminists don’t want stuff, like the vote, and an education, and the right to exist without being sexually harassed, just so that they can say they have it. Feminists want women to have these things instrumentally, because having these things enables the attainment of The Good Life. No two people agree on precisely what The Good Life really is, but whatever your view of it, not having artificial barriers to your attainment of it is a positive thing.

CHS is in favor of re-erecting, or maintaining, barriers to women achieving The Good Life. Feminism is about dismantling these barriers. CHS is about using that dismantling to achieve her own version of The Good Life and then re-erecting them behind her so that nobody else can spoil her experience by sharing it. That’s the opposite of feminism.

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

Well said PoM.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Because I always read lib as liberal, i.e. pro abortion rights, pro intersectionality, etc. I think I am going to get lost in terminology.

I use libfem for liberal feminists. While there are a lot of points that I agree on with libfems, like those you mentioned, there are others I don’t, like the definition of feminism and stances on pornography.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

An alternate term for libertarian feminist might be “unicorn”. I’ve only encountered one (she used to comment here).

alaisvex
alaisvex
7 years ago

While CHS might generally support the causes championed by first-wave feminists (and pretty much no other feminist causes since then, except women being allowed more career opportunities), I can’t help but think that actual first-wave feminists would be disgusted with the way that she frequently promotes ideas that men are superior and devotes much of her academic work to trying to debunk rape studies. After all, the idea that enslaved women and married women had no legal control over their own bodies because the law gave their bodies to their masters and their husbands respectively was a major issue that early feminist abolitionists took on. These women were horrified by and protested against the repeated sexual victimization of enslaved women in order to promote abolition, and they ended up seeing parallels between the enslaved women’s lack of sexual autonomy and the married woman’s lack of sexual autonomy.

Plus, given the harmful ideas that she puts out (i.e. “Don’t speak out if you’re a victim of some form of sexist abuse or try to protect other women from victimization because that means that you’re weak and not independent and that you think that all women are weak”) I’m pretty sure that she’s consciously using the feminist label in an attempt to undermine the actual feminist movement. She’s limiting the push to legal equality of the sexes to an extent that would’ve likely pissed off actual first-wave feminist. Not to mention that with her…er…scholarship on domestic violence and rape, she’s undermining lots of legal efforts to secure gender equality by promoting laws that combat physical and sexual abuse. But then again, “equity feminism,” much like men’s rights activism, seems to promote equal suffering, if it promotes equal anything, before it promotes any desirable form of equality.

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