A Gamer Gate Observation
Boston Magazine published a great article on Gamer Gate in general especially on how it started with a deranged (and nearly 10,000 word rant!) about an independent game designer named Zoe Quinn and her obsessed ex-boyfriend.
One part of the article really struck out to me:
Gjoni fell for her hard—maybe too hard, given how brief their relationship was. He began idealizing Quinn as “this perfect ethical thing,” he says, and less as a gifted and flawed woman who battled chronic depression. Quinn often traveled to speak at gaming conferences, and they saw each other at most once a week. After just five months, they broke up. But Gjoni wouldn’t let go
This is the heart of the problem. Notice how Gjoni describes Quinn as a “perfectly ethical thing” and not a “perfectly ethical person” or even a “perfectly ethical woman”. He already denied Quinn her humanity by calling her a thing and placed her in a realm of abstraction. This is something straight out of Freud.
There is obviously no such thing as a perfectly ethical person and perhaps if Gjoni and other Gamergaters were able to see women that way (flaws and all), they would not rage as much. No one is perfect and we all have our plusses and minuses. In the eyes of Gamergate, women are “perfectly ethical things” until they are not and then they become worthy of scorn and derision.