Felicia Day Doxxed After Blog Post About #GamerGate
Actress and well-known gamer Felicia Day is the latest woman involved in the gaming industry to be harassed by people identifying with #GamerGate. After writing a blog post about the movement, she was verbally harassed and her personal information was hacked and published online to encourage further harassment.
#GamerGate is a hashtag popularized by Firefly actor-turned-Tea Partier Adam Baldwin after a controversy involving game developer Zoe Quinn. (You can read our summary of the original controversy here.) Although the movement is purportedly about ethics in gaming journalism, a subset of the movement has been responsible for sending rape and death threats to many women in the gaming industry, including game developers Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu, as well as feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian. All three women have been forced out of their homes, and Sarkeesian canceled a lecture at Utah State University when someone associated with #GamerGate threatened to massacre the attending students.
The letter read, "I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America."
Many have spoken out against #GamerGate as an inherently misogynistic movement, including director Joss Whedon and former NFL player Chris Kluwe. Whedon took to his Twitter account to disabuse people of the notion that it can both be about ethics in journalism as well as threatening women with rape:
Most damaging to the claim that #GamerGate is not about gender was the reaction (or lack thereof) to Chris Kluwe's vehement, hostile blog post, "Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off," which called #GamerGaters "basement-dwelling, cheetos-huffing, poopsock-sniffing douchepistols," among other things. But because he's a man, he escaped the harassment experienced by women such as Day, Quinn, Sarkeesian, and Wu.
And for the record, none of you fucking #Gamergate tools tried to dox me, even after I tore you a new one. I'm not even a tough target.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) October 23, 2014
This is in stark contrast to Day's post, which simply lamented the hatred and mistrust caused by harassers and encouraged women to stay in gaming:
"Games are beautiful, they are creative, they are worlds to immerse yourself in. They are art. And they are worth fighting for, even if the atmosphere is ugly right now."