"I realized my silence on the issue was not motivated by some grand strategy, but out of fear that the issue has created about speaking out."

Felicia Day on GamerGate:

I have allowed a handful of anonymous people censor me. They have forced me, out of fear, into seeing myself a potential victim. 

And that makes me loathe not THEM, but MYSELF. 

So I write this to urge any person, male or female, who now has the impulse to do what I did, to walk away from something they loved before, to NOT. 

As Chrissy pointed out via FB, this is entirely relevant to the ongoing conversation in the book world about the value of criticism, reviews, and reviewers, and about the importance—as Tanita pointed out, as did Kelly Barnhill—of not going silent.

(Also worth mentioning, of course, is that Day was doxxed almost immediately after posting her essay.)