I haven't written anything about GamerGate, because it seemed obvious to me from the beginning that these guys are absurdly misogynistic, violent, and unworthy of support from anyone. Now I'm worried my apathy has contributed to the problem.
Women are being threatened with horrific violence and death. It is totally unacceptable. 'That goes without saying' is a phrase I've used many times, but in this case I think that's the problem. I haven't said enough and I've done even less. In her latest post, Brianna Wu bravely calls out her harassers again, as well as the institutions failing to doing anything about their vile behavior.
I'm tired of inaction. I'm upset that law enforcement doesn't seem to be doing anything to prevent these threats from becoming reality. I'm not willing to wait until one of these brave women are harmed to take action. Brianna mentions the FBI in her post, and I think that makes the most sense. They have the resources and the mandate to take on this problem in a way local authorities cannot. Tangible action needs to be taken by the authorities to protect the oppressed and end this harassment before there is violence. I'm not very experienced with this, but it looks like this form is a good place to start letting the FBI know we think persistent threats to women should be a priority. Here's what I submitted:
The online hate collective known as #GamerGate has been making horrific violent threats against several women in the video game industry, including but not limited to Brianna Wu, Anita Sarkeesian, and Zoe Quinn. These threats have been independently verified and reported by news outlets across America, including PBS Newshour and many others. Your agency needs to take the lead in preventing the threats against these women from becoming reality.
I don't have an online following. Very few people will read this post. That doesn't matter. This issue is too important not to talk about, even if no one will hear me. I support Brianna because I support women.