The only thing I disliked about Jeff’s statement about GamerGate was his advocacy of silence. Generally speaking, I do believe in civility in the face of aggression, but when dealing with such monstrous, rampant, violent ignorance, civility becomes less and less viable. You can reason with a person; you can’t reason with a feral beast.
And, to suggest to an oppressed, harassed people group that they should silence their anger in the face of that hatred… I know Jeff means well, but it comes across a little tone deaf. Ignoring ignorance can sometimes be for the best, but I don’t think anyone who cares about the safety and representation of women, least of all women themselves, should be faulted for lashing out.
Again, I know he means well, but those of us who could be considered “allies” do tend to step in it from time to time, regardless of intent.