Kotaku is at it again with an article about treatment of women and minorities that acts as click-bait for the entitled jerks in their audience and hate-reading of comments by the sane, reasonable, fair people of the world. Today, the article is about websites that are making greater efforts to reign in problematic commenters via moderation or eliminating comments altogether. And entitled middle-class white guys just aren't having it!

Their freedom of speech is being impaired by being held to the Terms of Service that they agreed to when they signed up to comment! It is their God-given right to threaten and attack people in whatever venue they choose, regardless of any contracts to the contrary. It's simply not fair to require them to be responsible for their speech and it's outlandish to expect them to go to a different venue simply because they broke their commenting contract!

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This is, quite honestly, some of the most hypocritical bullshit that I've seen in a long time. Why? Because Kotaku commenters are infamous for responding to any criticism of the treatment of women in games with "if you don't like it, make your own games!" But requiring them to make their own venue that allows them to say whatever they want? Well, that's just not fair because that venue doesn't have as much clout or readership. That would take effort and potentially expertise that they don't have. That would require funding!

Which of course, doesn't apply to women being required to make their own games if they dislike the portrayal of women in games. A high school history teacher can whip GTA V out of her ass if she doesn't like its portrayal of women and wants a viable alternative! Ignore that VCs literally state that they will not fund female-led tech startups and require that any woman pitching a tech startup have a male escort as a "technical consultant" because "women are bad at computers." (Quote technically from men who got me fired from a job as incompetent because female while coming to me with technical issues that they couldn't fix.)

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Oh, and threatening women for speaking out against them online? That's "holding women responsible for our speech." Removing a threatening comment? That's contrary to the right to free speech!

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I couldn't take the ignorance and hypocrisy. I'll take the onslaught; get me out of the greys.