This Five Star roundup is brought to you by #GamerGate and understandable fear, what so many knew for so long, a much-loved grandmother, getting over it and doing it anyway, and Héctor Tobar:
Platitudes won’t explain to their bosses why their companies’ websites are being DDOSed. Platitudes won’t stop bullets.
So before you lament how terrible it is to ‘let them win’ by being silent, please stop and think of a better way to phrase “I want to live in a world where the victims of abuse campaigns have a winning move.” Don’t ask women to sacrifice their names, careers, and safety to the fantasy that life is fair.
God, we ask so much of victims. On one side, we tell them that the price of our belief it to spend a lifetime chained publicly to an incident they usually want desperately to escape; we tell them that the price of our belief is that they make their name public, or take it to police. If they pay that price, we don’t believe them anyway.
My grandmother is not a toddler. She is a 94 year-old woman who has lived a hell of a life… She has a history and a family and successes and regrets and love and loss and joy and, in short, an internal world of memory and accomplishment and LIFE far richer than the stark simplicity of the single room in which she now resides might imply.
The fear of failure can emotionally cripple you to the point that you do not attempt anything cool or fun or great. You lead a life that is small and unhappy, or smaller and unhappier than it would be if you attempted something fantastic. And since most of us fail at more things than we succeed, it seems entirely rational to expect that you would, in fact, fail if you made an actual attempt.
Do it anyway.
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