“Trouble at the Koolaid Point”

Kathy Sierra, on harassment of women:

I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed.

It’s utterly shameful that, in 2014, and in so-called “civilised” countries, that harassment against women and minorities is still an issue. We should have move progressed, but we haven’t.

I have no idea what it’s like to have to deal with the harassment that people like Kathy Sierra, Anita Sarkeesian, Zoë Quinn and the many, many others have to. Personally, I don’t think I could deal with it. These people have my complete respect — though that doesn’t really mean much…