Seriously, everyone. If you have a younger brother or cousin or what have you really into the gamer scene right now, make sure they aren’t getting swept up in the whole GamerGate mania right now.
There’s a horrifying lack of empathy brewing in the corners of the internet, and it’s riling people up who feel like they’re part of a community that’s being attacked. The thing is, the perceived “attackers” are people who care so much about being a part of that community, they want to make it better. They want to make it bigger, so that people of all genders and races and sexualities can take part in it and enjoy in it all together.
By buying into the fear of inclusion, they’re developing deep-seated anger towards women (in particular with this current round of fighting), that they could carry for their entire lives.
Talk to them. Make them feel stupid for a minute, and make them see that they have to be better people. Or, if they’re totally already on the right path, use the fact that you’re older and they look up to you to show them that they are awesome for standing against the tide and thinking for themselves.
This shit is important.