Telephone is a game played in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first.
This is a fun game for 6-year-olds. It is also an accurate description of how information is passed among Transgender Activists in 2014.
Today, I was amazed to learn from the Internet that I support Gamer Gate. Gamer Gate is a Men’s Rights Movement stemming from angry gamers who feel that their identify as gamers is threatened by the presence of Women and People of Color in gaming spaces previously the domain of White Entitled Men.
I am not a gamer. Identity Politics is not my bag. Also, I have a job. And a life. And a personality.
And oh, I don’t support Gamer Gate.
Anyway, the Gamer Gate activists have done everything they can do to silence Women’s speech, including targeting game developer Brianna Wu and third-wave feminist Anita Sarkeesian, who produces videos critiquing misogyny in video games. By the way, Gamer Gaters are using the same exact tactics that Transgender Activists use to silence Women’s speech, including threats of boycott and, yes, death threats!
I have deep empathy for the Women who experience threats at the hands of the Gamer Gate Men simply for opposing misogyny in the gaming world (that is, for expressing an opinion that Men Don’t Like).
But APPARENTLY, and this is where Trans Telephone gets involved, I support Gamer Gate because I reject Anita Sarkeesian’s thought-terminating cliche beliefs that “transwomen are women.”
Dear Internet – I, like many other Women, am entitled to disagree with Anita Sarkeesian. She is allowed to disagree with me! Disagreeing with a third-wave feminist doesn’t mean I endorse her getting violent death threats. Indeed, I don’t think Anita Sarkeesian endorses the violent death threats I have received.
Again, I don’t engage in your straw arguments. But it’s the game of Trans Telephone that is responsible for why Many Deluded Men and Their Helpful Allies think I bathe in the blood of transgender babies.
Your thoughts are delusional. Your inventions are fanciful.
They are not mine.