Do we fight this battle now, or do men get to be the only ones shaping our future?
-Brianna Wu, “I’m Brianna Wu, And I’m Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate”, Bustle
I don’t normally get involved in GamerGate discussions, but I was compelled by Brianna Wu’s words. As a relatively recent father to a beautiful girl, I am terrified about a future where she is marginalized, threatened, and seen as less important than male counterparts (who will more than likely not be able to keep up with her intellectually). She is already showing her intelligence in engineering and problem solving at fifteen months; Lexi and I will continue to cultivate that curiosity and passion with the hope that the future will give her more of a shot than the present has given Brianna Wu, Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, and all the other women who don’t have a strong enough following to be heard.
(via The Loop)
Also covered on Ignore the Code.
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard