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The End of Gatekeeping: The Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture

It's been an ugly couple of weeks for gaming culture. Not only did the Zoe Quinn affair erupt, leading to the increased harassment and abuse of an indie games developer for the crime of being a woman in gaming, but Anita Sarkeesian was driven from her home by death threats following the release of the latest entry in the Tropes vs. Women In Video Games video series. It's … [Read More...]

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Wednesday Open Thread: Video Games

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for the weekly open thread. Today's suggested topic: When is the last time a video game scared you? When's the last time a … [Read More...]

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Ask Dr. NerdLove: Is My Girlfriend a Gold-Digger?

Dear Dr. NerdLove, I've have been dating my girlfriend for about four months now. It was some sort of non-official "valentines day" here in my country yesterday … [Read More...]

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“Prove You’re A Man”: Violence, Harassment and Toxic Masculinity

<This is co-published with Thought Catalog> So on Monday, I wrote a thing about Christy Mack's assault at the hands of her ex-boyfriend and the slut-shaming and victim blaming that resulted. It's a complicated and tangled enough topic that it's … [Read More...]

Wednesday Open Thread – Your Guilty Pleasure

Another Wednesday, another open thread. Today's suggested topic: what's your guiltiest of guilty pleasures? As per usual: no hate, no trolling. Other topics are, of course, always welcome. Have at it. … [Read More...]

Christy Mack

Christy Mack and the Crime of “Being A Slut”

A quick head's up: I'm going to be talking about the Christy Mack assault. This is going to include some fairly graphic pictures of her injuries and description of the assault that led to her hospitalization. Read on at your own risk. It's been an insanely … [Read More...]