I have often noted how proud we are of the wide variety of opinions we present here at The Glorio Blog. Witnessing the recent “#Gamergate” madness though has made me re-evaluate how our blog operates and some of the content we have posted. Considering we are just an amateur blog and video games are only a fraction of what we write about, I realize the connection may seem tangential at best. Still, with what tiny voice we have I think it’s important to make a vital distinction: there’s a big gap between debating the merits of an anime or game versus debating your core values. Tastes and opinions may change, but when it comes to the really important issues we need to stand united.
Unfortunately this is a lesson I have only been able to learn through experience. Recently we received some comments on an older post about sexism that made most of us uncomfortable. The comments were not particularly egregious, but showed positive support for a series of videos that reflect the exact kind of paranoid, self important rhetoric that plagues #Gamergate. As I considered my response I realized the ultimate blame was not on the commenters, but on me for allowing a platform for them.
When I was presented with the original draft for the sexism post, I strongly disagreed with the content as did nearly all of our writers. At the time, I reasoned it would be better to put it out there and present the discussion with the goal of posting my own counter argument shortly thereafter. I would put our usual “this article is the author’s opinion only” disclaimer on the post and maybe we could foster some kind of intelligent dialogue out of it.
The problem with that reasoning is that a topic as important as sexism is not simply an issue of opinion. You are challenging core values – a matter of right or wrong. There’s really not much debate or middle ground to be had. If you think something is wrong or even harmful, then why should you be the one that creates an outlet for it? I realize now that is exactly what I did. Furthermore, by approving an article contrary to the values of the overwhelming majority of our writers, I unintentionally made us complicit to a point of view that we feel is wrong. No amount of disclaimers can change the fact that every post has our name and reputation attached to it to a certain degree.
For those two points I apologize, to both our readers and our team. Moving forward I hope we can continue to deliver content that takes a strong, united stand on important issues. As I mentioned in my initial response to the sexism post comments, no harassment or condoning harassment will be tolerated. That should go without saying. Beyond that, I will end with this principle as a guideline: if someone says “you’re hurting me”, the first step should be to stop whatever you’re doing that’s hurtful. It should not be asking the person to prove it. Any words contrary to that have no place here.