#NotYourShield is irrelevant. All movements love those who agree and submit. #GamerGate hates:
who refuse to get in line.
The only question I have for any 'gater reading this is: If you are not about hate, when will Anita Sarkeesian[b], Zoe Quinn[c] and Brianna Wu[d] be able to return to a normal life free from the hate storm that you send their way now?
What we've seen is a disgrace for the whole IT industry[e]. I can't emphasize that enough. While the three I mention above have borne the brunt of the hate, ultimately for me this is about what kind of industry I want for myself - and as I said, an industry hostile to half of the world's population isn't really friendly to anyone. As Cliff Bleszinski[f] wrote way back in March 2013:
We're not supposed to be a mob that's storming the gates with our pitchforks and torches. We're not the bullies. And that's what happened to Anita.[*] Luckily, Anita has managed to not just remain unbroken (a feat in itself), but also to rise up and become a speaker on the topic of feminism in gaming[g] and - by extension - the IT industry.