Monday Freebie: the entitled douchebro edition

Well, folks. I had intended to start working on a new post today, but the world’s worst headache has reduced me to pasting links into a textbox, so I’ve given up and decided to do a freebie linkspam instead.


The incomparable Jay Smooth talking about beating what he calls the Little Hater – the voice that tells us that we are not good enough and no one could possibly find our art valuable. This is something that pretty much every creative person I know struggles with, myself included.


25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male. This is an excellent, excellent video about the kinds of privilege that male gamers experience in gaming spaces, and is an excellent resource if you find yourself getting into an argument with someone who confuses privilege with special treatment.


Okay, this has nothing to do with social justice – it’s just really flipping cool. Are you the kind of nerd who has ever wanted to create a planet, only it seems like too much work, and then you find out that someone wrote a free planet-generation tool that does all the work for you and you get super excited even though you don’t really know what you’d use such a tool for? …I mean. [cough cough] Not that would ever be that nerdy, but I hear that some of my readers are. Nerds.


Congrats on your opinion. This excellent post by Prolost’s Stu Maschwitz is a thing that should be enshrined in geek canon forever. In particular, it’s written about lens flares in JJ Abrams’ Trek movies, but it could just as easily be about women having Patreons or really whatever nerd thing it is that you happen to get in someone’s face about. GO READ IT.

And now a thing that requires a little background.

So over the weekend, the somewhat-infamous James Desborough – a game designer who has been a vocal supporter of #GamerGate and who even tried to make #tabletopgate a thing (yes really) – published a particularly tasteless #GamerGate card game in which one has to battle unethical SJWs by stalking, harassing, and doxxing them. The venue he chose to do this on was Drive Thru Cards, which has an automated publishing process for publishers who have previously published titles with them.

Considering that a lot of publishers who use Drive Thru Cards/Drive Thru RPG/One Bookshelf to publish their content are also people who have been the targets of #GG’s harassment and doxxing, naturally there was swift and immediate backlash against the game; many publishers sent complaints to DTRPG saying that they would not continue to use DTRPG’s services if the game wasn’t pulled – which it was, and quite quickly. (Kudos to DTRPG for dealing with it so quickly over a weekend, no less.)

Of course, a lot of people got terribly upset about this awful, awful ceeeeensoooorshiiiiiip. So here are some things that summarize the situation better than I could in my be-headached state. (No, YOU’RE making up stupid words on the internet.)

First, Matt McFarland knocks it out of the park on his blog in explaining why DTRPG pulling the game IS NOT CENSORSHIP ZOMG READ A DICTIONARY. Also, he talks about why the response by some people who actually harassed and doxxed the owner of DTRPG was not fucking okay. (Spoiler alert: DOXXING IS NEVER FUCKING OKAY)

Second, this post by Fred Hicks is worth reading as a response to the fallout from the game being pulled. Apparently, because some of the Evil Hat crew had the nerve to talk publicly about how – hey, if this stays up we should evaluate if we want Evil Hat’s brand to be tarnished by association, a bunch of anti-SJWs got all het up and decided to harass Fred Hicks, because clearly this was solely his fault and CENSORSHIP and also BULLYING. So then they got a bunch of people to harass Fred when he was just trying to do real life shit, because ETHICS. Or something.

…I’m going back to bed and coming out never.

6 thoughts on “Monday Freebie: the entitled douchebro edition

  1. Just want to say, this is a great set of links. I got something out of every one. And that planetary map generator…mind-blowing! I read that whole blog post and suffered the best kind of geometry envy.

  2. … I’m actually kind of weirdly conflicted on doxxing at the moment. I used to take a fairly strident stand that it was always wrong, no matter what… but lately people have been doing things like using racists’ publicly available information to get them fired for airing odious and damaging sentiments on social media, which I have a really hard time feeling like it’s a bad thing, even though it technically falls under the heading of “Doxxing.”

    And then there’s the Plebcomics issue, where she openly shared some of her personal information (including her work number and when to call them) in response to supposed doxxing efforts, to try to prove it was “no big deal” and that people like Anita Sarkeesian were just overdramatic “professional victims” like she always said… only to turn around and condemn those evil, evil “doxxers” of hers when she rightly got fired for basically using her work number to play chicken with the internet, because, whoops, turns out doxxing does have real consequences like everyone else was saying.

    • Yeah, I saw that thing too, and it REALLY BOTHERS ME. Because here’s the thing, when social justice-oriented folks use doxxing tactics, even for purposes that they deem legitimate, it legitimizes the tactic. Suddenly it’s okay to doxx “SJWs” because THEY’RE DOING IT TOO. And speaking as someone who faces regular harassment, that’s fucking terrifying.

      Doxxing IS NOT OKAY when they do it, so how is it magically okay when we do it?

      • Good argument. There’s a counter-argument to be made, probably, and I have some idea what it might be based on, but I’m not sure I want to make it, or would be able to even if I weren’t ridiculously sleep-deprived.

        That said, I’m…. not sure that the situation with Plebcomics even falls under the heading of “Doxxing”, because the whole affair is seriously weird.

      • Can’t you just distance yourself from “those doxxers”?

        Social justice movement isn’t monolithic, as far as I know, there’s no central command that decides what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Just denounce them for being doxxers and you’ll be fine.

        • Which leads to a good question: when people who are part of the same group as you do something horrible, how do you distance yourself from their actions? We already see Gamergaters who claim to be against harassment, but despite saying they are against it, they still receive many of the benefits associated with harassment (ie, voices they disagree with being silenced). There is also the problem of Gamergaters actually weaponizing the idea that “No true gamergater harasses” which tries to shut down any conversation from people who have been wronged by gamergate. Of course, part of the problem is Gamergate’s lack of accountable leadership and its delusion that everything good it does = gamergate and everything bad= 3rd party trolls, but that’s a different issue.

          Of course, why do I bring up that horrid movement? Well, because I think at some point in our lives almost every identifies with a group/organization that has done something bad, and members who support that bad thing. It usually helps when there are leaders you can point to that represent the good that the group is supposed to be, or set policies the group has theoretically agreed to, but that’s not always the case. The best I can come up with is to outright acknowledge the bad your group has done, while also emphasizing how those bad means, even with good intentions and even if they did get results, are reprehensible and no result is worth those means. At the same time, you still need to state why you are part of the group/organization and the good that comes from it, without trying to dismiss the bad with the good. Also, trying to be sympathetic to why someone might dislike your group.

          But yeah, its complex and doesn’t really solve the problem, but its the best I can think of.

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