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In the wake of the ArenaNet firings, women game devs are experiencing a new wave of online harassment • Eurogamer.net
The decision of @ArenaNet to bow to pressure from bigots and fire two devs a few days ago has opened new floodgates of harassment.
abuse  buffer  videogames  bigotry 
yesterday by johncoxon
willowbilly: It's a Pleasure
“What are you?” Kilgrave wonders aloud, breathless, his nail beds white with pressure where they're clamped around Will's skull, flattening his hair.

“A former FBI profiler, an unstable special agent. A mental patient, a fisherman. A murderer. A patchwork psyche stitched together. A broken, blood-drenched nobody. One half of a whole.”

“And an aspiring poet, apparently,” Kilgrave quips, releasing Will's head in order to ever-so-slowly pull Will's glasses from his face, fold them, and slide them into his own pocket. “Well now, I do believe you're worth keeping. At least for the time being. Will, Jessica... come along.”
fic  crossover  jessicajones  marvel  hannibal  genish  slash  hannibal/will  au  precanon  postcanon  noncon  abuse  captive  <10K  +2016-07  via:spatz 
2 days ago by omendreamer
ArenaNet firings cast a chilling shadow across the game industry
Female developers across the industry have also subsequently reported sometimes coordinated attempts to get them fired on the basis of their social media presence — attempts they believe were inspired by the ArenaNet firings. One developer, who asked to remain anonymous because of potential backlash from online mobs, learned that her employer received form letters touching on her social media presence. Rather than specifying her name, some of these letters had been botched and simply said “%FEMALENAME.” Speaking to The Verge, she says these messages began arriving on Sunday night after word of the ArenaNet firings had spread. “This is 100 percent a response to the ArenaNet thing,” she says. “There’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind.”

She says the company’s public dismissal of two employees over a social media spat — framed by O’Brien as an attack on the company’s fans generally — has emboldened bad actors involved in movements like Gamergate, which target women and marginalized people in particular. “If you’re a woman, you’re just waiting for the wrong tweet to end your life now,” she says. “It sent a message to the harassment junkies that have infected our communities for the last four years: ‘Please come for our women.’ I don’t know what could undo this damage without further riling them up.”
workersrights  gamergate  gamingculture  gameDev  sexism  abuse  harassment 
3 days ago by campylobacter
willowbilly: It's a Pleasure
“What are you?” Kilgrave wonders aloud, breathless, his nail beds white with pressure where they're clamped around Will's skull, flattening his hair.

“A former FBI profiler, an unstable special agent. A mental patient, a fisherman. A murderer. A patchwork psyche stitched together. A broken, blood-drenched nobody. One half of a whole.”

“And an aspiring poet, apparently,” Kilgrave quips, releasing Will's head in order to ever-so-slowly pull Will's glasses from his face, fold them, and slide them into his own pocket. “Well now, I do believe you're worth keeping. At least for the time being. Will, Jessica... come along.”
fic  crossover  jessicajones  marvel  hannibal  genish  slash  hannibal/will  au  precanon  postcanon  noncon  abuse  captive  <10K  +2016-07 
3 days ago by spatz
(1) Our Little Secret Full Documentary HD - YouTube
Why would someone sexually abuse a child?

Chas Fisher, a 28-year-old survivor of child sexual abuse, wants to know why people sexually abuse children.

We spend a lot of time talking about punishing offenders of child sexual abuse, but have you ever asked yourself why it happens in the first place?
abuse  documentary  why 
7 days ago by soundsgoodright
Jim Jordan Is Defiant as Allegations Mount, and Supporters Point to ‘Deep State’ - The New York Times
Maybe the Republicans would be more vocal in their support of Jordan if he had committed the sexual assaults himself.
GOP  Republicans  Assault  Jordan  Abuse  Trump 
8 days ago by Membranophonist
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse - The New York Times
"One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front door changed every day and she could not figure out why. Still another told an abuse help line that she kept hearing the doorbell ring, but no one was there.
Their stories are part of a new pattern of behavior in domestic abuse cases tied to the rise of smart home technology. Internet-connected locks, speakers, thermostats, lights and cameras that have been marketed as the newest conveniences are now also being used as a means for harassment, monitoring, revenge and control. (..)
One of the women, a doctor in Silicon Valley, said her husband, an engineer, “controls the thermostat. He controls the lights. He controls the music.” She said, “Abusive relationships are about power and control, and he uses technology.” (..) “I have a specific exit plan that I’m in the process of implementing, and one of my fantasies is to be able to say, ‘O.K. Google, play whatever music I want,’” she said. Her plan with the smart thermostat, she said, was to “pull it out of the wall.”"
smarthome  control  abuse  gender  us  narrative 
9 days ago by gohai
Cage the Mastodon - Official Mastodon Blog
An overview of features for dealing with abuse and harassment
harassment  federation  decentralization  mastodon  abuse  via:octodon 
9 days ago by npdoty
Why Sexism and Racism Never Diminish-Even When Everyone Becomes Less Sexist and Racist - Marginal REVOLUTION
"But our studies suggest that even well-meaning agents may sometimes fail to recognize the success of their own efforts, simply because they view each new instance in the decreasingly problematic context that they themselves have brought about."
science  cogsci  psychology  socialjustice  abuse  racism  sexism 
9 days ago by pozorvlak

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