Glass Houses: On Alyzande and Rape Culture in Azeroth
[Trigger Warning for discussion in links of rape, violent sexual assault, and hate speech.]
Last week, there was a great deal of activity in the feminist blog-and-twittersphere over the #mencallmethings hashtag. Men Call Me Things is a product of Sady Doyle’s post at In These Times, where she details the unfortunate issues surrounding being a visible female blogger.
What does this have to do with World of Warcraft?
Recently, Alyszande at The Gold Queen has been using her blog as a platform to discuss her feelings on being a victim of sexual assault. For more information on the resulting situation, we recommend reading Apple Cider Mage’s writeup, entitled When Blogging Imitates Real Life: Rape Culture.
Alyszande was brave enough to speak out about her experiences. For this, she is being called (among other unflattering things) a liar.
- Because she chose to look towards WoW as coping mechanism while she processes what can only be an unimaginable amount of trauma.
- Because she turned to a community that has historically brought her joy, hoping to find a source of solace during a time of great personal duress.
- Because maybe, for just a few moments, she wanted to have a few moments of something resembling normalcy.
The women of Flavor Text believe the strength of a community lies in discourse, not in attempting to silence through baseless accusations.
Show your strength, Azeroth.
Mod note: The hyperlink under “a liar” goes to another post by Alyzande; in which a commenter calls her “full of shit.” There is a full blog post out there from someone who is cruel enough to challenge Alyzande’s right to speak publicly about her experiences. We are not linking said post because we have no wish to provide that person with page hits.