I think it's not unusual for an outsider to feminist circles to perceive
that discussion of sexism/feminism is suddenly dominating the discussion. It's only in the last few years that these conversations have been happening in the gaming sphere so we went from "no discussion of sexism in gaming" to "some discussion of sexism in gaming" and that's, like an infinity percent increase so clearly this is everywhere now.
Now, that perception would be provably false
but at least I can understand
why the average person might believe it.
It's also true that some, I would say most, gamers if queried would rate "sexism" pretty low down on their "list of things important to gaming or $This_Particular_Game" - and that's perfectly okay.
Everybody's got priorities and not everyone is going to agree on their pet issues. I'm not going to begrudge anyone for caring more about PVP class balance in their MMO than chainmail bikinis.
However, that doesn't give them the right to stifle discussion about sexism in games (or their game
) any more than feminists have a right to stifle discussion about not-sexism. That's why Space's hypothetical "respectable gamergate" whose ideology is just "wanting issues they care about in gaming to not be overwhelmed by the discussion of sexism in gaming" comes across as reactionary and overdefensive to me.
It presupposes that
1. Sexism as a topic will always dominate the conversation
2. Alternate viewpoints will be lost or trampled
3. Other stuff is more important anyway
Point one is fallacious; it only appears
to dominate the conversation because the conversation always seems to end up like a room full of howler monkeys. Just because a discussion is louder
doesn't mean it is dominant.
Take this forum: how many active threads do we have? How many are about sexism? This is overwhelming
what discussion precisely?
Point two is ironic, because how is anyone supposed to prevent this mythical feminist domination except by shouting down its proponents?
Point three is a personal opinion, and no one is going to have their ability to talk about PVP or class balance or spell contingencies threatened because someone else is suggesting that chainmail bikinis are problematic.
Talk about what you want, don't try to shout down others' opinions, and if it turns out that your favorite game's devs decide to replace the chainmail bikinis instead of adding your pet spell contingencies, don't blame the people who complained about the bikinis because I guarantee you this was not a zero sum game
and there was a lot more involved in those two separate decisions (and yes; they were
two separate decisions).