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‘Zoe Quinn,’ SJW Martyr

Posted on | February 11, 2016 | 18 Comments

Anita Sarkeesian (@femfreq) and Zoe Quinn (@UnBurntWitch) testify at the U.N.

“Zoe Quinn” was Patient Zero of the #GamerGate controversy. A tattoo-covered, mentally ill ex-stripper whose real name is Chelsea Van Valkenburg, Quinn was the creator of a tediously dull game called “Depression Quest.” She broke up with her boyfriend, a software geek named Eron Gjoni, and allegedly became intimate with a videogame journalist named Nathan Grayson. In August 2014, Gjoni published a nearly 10,000-word article exposing Quinn’s alleged misconduct. Last July, I summarized the essence of the #GamerGate scandal:

Quinn was accused of gaining favorable coverage of her work — which is allegedly useless and awful — by providing Grayson and others access to her nasty poontang. And when these allegations of quid pro quo were published by one of Quinn’s embittered ex-lovers, Quinn’s defenders accused her critics of misogyny.

There were all kinds of background factors involved, but liberals decided that the narrative was about “misogyny” within the male-dominated videogame industry, and also about women being “harassed” online. We can stipulate both of those points — yes, many videogame dudes are crude sexists, and yes, women are targeted for harassment — without allowing ourselves to be distracted from the essence of #GamerGate, namely that some women are shrewdly exploiting gender as a means of gaining lucrative advantages. The videogame industry would very much like to attract more female players, and this has created certain incentives that attract cunning opportunists.

When you factor in the desire of corporations to insulate themselves against discrimination lawsuits by hiring more women, and also the “white knight” tendencies of some men (including “progressive” journalists like Grayson), the suspicions of unethical favoritism behind #GamerGate weren’t “misogyny,” but basic common sense.

All of that background was obscured by shrieks of “harassment” during the #GamerGate controversy, and few of the self-proclaimed Victims of Misogyny shrieked louder than Zoe Quinn. She sought a restraining order against Gjoni (discussed here by Eugene Volokh) and pressed charges of criminal harassment. Now suddenly, the charges have been dropped.

Do you want to read 2,700 words of Zoe Quinn’s self-dramatizing account of her suffering as a Victim of Misogyny?

Don’t let me stop you, but my eyes glazed over when she claimed to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of people saying mean things about her on the Internet. Keep in mind, this isn’t about whether Eron Gjoni is a Bad Ex-Boyfriend — obviously, he is — and it’s not about whether people should say mean things on the Internet — obviously, they shouldn’t — but rather the question is whether this has anything to do with “social justice.” And it’s also a question of whether an entire industry should be conformed to the zany whims of mentally ill ex-strippers and other such feminist crackpots. Must everything in our culture, including videogames, be banned as “misogyny” if it is judged unacceptable by the ideological standards of Gender Studies majors?

Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, and restricting freedom of speech — effectively prohibiting anyone from criticizing feminism — is necessary to the feminist movement’s success. The First Amendment does not protect libel or harassment. However, if Zoe Quinn is a public figure, then Eron Gjoni’s allegations that she was using sex to gain favorable coverage for her stupid videogames could be construed as journalism in the public interest. It is never a crime to publish the truth, and the truth is that Chelsea Van Valkenburg (alias “Zoe Quinn”) is a mentally ill ex-stripper.



  • Joe Joe

    “Mentally ill ex stripper”…. Does she know Crystal Mangum?

    These mentally ill stripper types tend to do a lot of damage. They are probably quite damaged themselves.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Queen of Hearts: “Sentence first, verdict afterwards.”

    SJWs: “Narrative first, facts afterwards.”

  • SouthOhioGipper

    It’s all for naught. Quinn and Sarkeesian and even Sulkowitz have all been amply rewarded far beyond what any of us will ever achieve. They’ll have speaking engagements and book deals and everything else. They are set for life. It’s mind-boggling!! I’ve met one congressman my entire life and that was dinner with John Boehner at a donors house. These hags have traveled the world and have access to some small amount of power most of us will never even see.

    We’ll played gamer hags. I will give you credit.

  • Finrod Felagund

    “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

  • SouthOhioGipper

    Hmmm. I see an obvious loophole in that sentence.

  • SouthOhioGipper

    I read that article and Monk is innocent under the law he showed very poor judgement in giving in to his own desires for the woman when there was a serious and witnessed question of her ability to consent. That particular case was a poor choice to highlight IMO. That raises even my hackles a but after reading into the case further. There is reasonable doubt, but not so much to entirely exonerate that boy in my mind.

  • Joe Joe

    Mock, you mean? I think you’re correct about him.

    There are other cases here:

  • Fail Burton

    Whether mentally ill, or a not so meticulously thought out con game, I was rather stunned at how many loops of logic this woman went through to make sure she was never for one minute wrong, and that’s not including the chance she is an outright liar.

    This woman never had a case in the first place but she says the reason she didn’t pursue the case she in fact did pursue is because the police murder non-whites? In what world of insanity does that make sense? No need to fisk the rest; it explains how nuts and paranoid these people are and how far they parlay their own insanity by using the magic Harry Potter spell “Socialjustious!!!”

    Remember girls, if the drunk pick up you’ve known for six days raises his hands to you, don’t call the police, for they will surely come and shoot you, confusing you for a black person. Instead use this magic spell:


    Or swear an oath by the mighty tits of Sarkeesian. Either should allow you to beat a hasty retreat from reality.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Psychopaths are noted for their nonstop practice of weaving ever more complex scenarios to explain things while absolving themselves. What trips them up is that eventually the structure of lies collapses under the weight of its own contradictions.

  • Bill Nickless

    Both Narcissists and psychopaths do this.

    Psychopaths weave the complex scenarios to deceive and manipulate others. Eventually the targeted others have a chance to figure it out when the structure of lies collapses.

    Narcissists weave the complex scenarios to deceive THEMSELVES. Even when everyone else has figured out the truth, the Narcissist will cling to the structure of lies to avoid facing the truth (usually about themselves).

  • Steve Skubinna

    Well yeah, but enough about Barack Obama…

  • calbeck

    I wouldn’t actually call Gjoni a bad boyfriend, unless outing an abusive ex – who admitted to his claims FWIW – is “bad”.

  • 2+2=4andalwayswill

    Is that the “it’s fine cuz they never had souls to begin with” loophole?

  • 2+2=4andalwayswill

    On Twitter Eron Genji seems like a really sweet, intelligent guy. But where are these guys’ parents? Why didn’t his mum or dad tell him “if you go out with a fully tatted insane stripper you’ll inevitably get rolled, don’t do it.” When I was young it was drilled into us, girls stay away from players, boys stay away from gold-diggers. I don’t think modern parents are doing that enough.

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  • Federale

    Notice that she claimed to have dropped it because of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Her cause has been eclipsed by black thugs getting killed, so she had to try and tie her star to latest thing.

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