I finally decided that I had to duty not only to myself, but to other male survivors and to the gaming community at large to pen the following article. It examines the initial Penny Arcade "Sixth Slave" comic controversy, the ensuing reaction, and its influence on gaming culture as part of culture at large (also, how the creators are managing to literally profit from rape culture):
Penny Arcade, Gaming Culture, And Rape
(Click here to read the full article)
While the reaction to the article was overall positive, the article did receive an influx of trolls with some odious comments (including a graphic death threat). I cover why that means it's even more important that This Is Why I Speak Out. In thatentry, I also look at why I feel it's important that the gaming fandom as a whole has a ways to go towards being more inclusive, but why it doesn't have to be so insular. I'll close on part of a comment from octarine in that entry:
"Free speech doesn't mean speech without consequences and doesn't mean not taking responsibility for one's subject matter. I wouldn't tell a humorist any subject is taboo, but would advise one to recognize many subjects may invite critique, and not to be dismissive of a reaction just because it doesn't match the intended message of one's work. Just because one doesn't like a concern doesn't mean that concern is without merit."