I’m getting sick, as in downright one-man-pandemic style, of hearing the phrase “Two Way Street” used to defend not only sexist attitudes, but vicious attacks against women. Instead of rehashing the whole story (which can be found here), I’ll handle the so-called rebuttals I’ve come across in various forms.
-If you say “What they did was terrible, but” and spend more time writing the “but”, you’re part of the problem.
-If part of the “but” focuses on the female gamer who slept with the male journalist instead of the male journalist who slept with the female gamer, you’re part of the problem.
-If you think the “angry young gamers” concerns need to be addressed despite their vicious behavior, you’re part of the problem.
Someone threatened a woman with rape and death and drove her from her house. You don’t get to put that aside while you deal with “why” the attacker made those threats. If you try do to that, it shows where your priorities are.
*smack smack smack*. A man (or men) threatened a woman with rape and death. Are we clear? Good. Are we done? Good. Can we bring them to justice now, please?