GamerGate Inspired Rape Fantasy Self-Published On Amazon
For a short time this morning, the GamerGate battle spilled onto literary shores, when an 11-page story about gang-raping one of the movement's most frequent targets appeared for sale as an eBook at Amazon.
Roughed Up By #GamerGape was a thinly-veiled assault aimed at Zoe Quinn, a video game developer and frequent target of GamerGate. Here's the description of the book, as it appeared before Amazon pulled it:
Zada Quinby is a controversial video game designer who may have crossed the line. When her latest game offends the nation, five upset players decide to teach her a lesson. This gang of gamers decides to give Zada of piece of their mind, and much more!
Pardon me, I would like to go projectile vomit for a bit.
The book was removed from the online store shortly after Raw Story got on the case, and an Amazon rep admitted that the eBook violated the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing’s Content Guidelines. I first saw the book when Quinn tweeted about it:
so um. someone's selling rape fanfic of me on amazon. :/ TW obviously http://t.co/fHC81lTfkr— Dr Jabroni Frendzoni (@TheQuinnspiracy) December 19, 2014
Amazon might get some flack for this, which is an interesting point for debate. Amazon's self-publishing platform is meant to be user-friendly, and they can't police every single word they publish—but should they? To the company's credit, they did swiftly move to take down something that was clearly offensive and inappropriate.
Oh, how to describe GamerGate in a succinct way. Essentially, it's a hashtag employed by some very disturbed and delusional people who are claiming to be advocating for ethics in gaming journalism (it's not, a fact proven in many shapes and forms). What they're really doing is using it to tear down and harass women. Mostly women like Quinn, media critic Anita Sarkeesian, and game developer Brianna Wu (along with many others), who promote feminist viewpoints and diversity in gaming.
Many of these women have had personal information about them doxed, and have been subjected to frequent threats of rape and murder. Some have had to leave their homes. There are a lot of resources on the 'net if you want to learn more and are in the mood to be bummed out.
There's a lot to say about GamerGate. That it's a poisonous hate movement. That it's mostly populated by cowards who hide behind anonymity. This, to me, really sums it up: It's a movement claiming to be about ethics that congregates mostly on 8chan, a website that hosts pro-pedophilia discussion boards. Not really ethical, is it?
So, learned members of LitReactor, what do you think of this latest salvo? Should Amazon give some thought to better policing practices? Do you think they were on top of things in a sufficient way? Is there a free speech component here that ought to be considered?
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