But I'm a writing fool, so what the hell.
Two general points:
Being insulted makes me laugh. When SJWs call me "Shitterly", I feel like I'm being attacked by eleven-year-olds because that's what the children of Levy County's Ku Klux Klan called me in fifth grade. Somerville's latest, "Twatterly", is especially amusing because identitarians are usually obsessed with metaphors and therefore should object to an insult based on the idea that vaginas are a mark of inferiority. Frankly, I like vaginas and most people who have them. The only insult that's ever fazed me is "racist" because I was beaten by racists for speaking up for racial equality in my childhood. But once I understood SJWs think white people are racists in the same way Southern Baptists think everyone's a sinner, and I took Project Implicit's test and found I'm among the white people who have an implicit preference for black folks, the charge of "racist" stopped bothering me.
I like to think I'm moderately intelligent, but I know I'm not cunning, so when people come up with Machiavellian motives for me, I laugh again. If I was a member of the houses of Dragaera, I'd be a Dzur. I see problems, and I attack them head-on, and sometimes that solves them, and sometimes it makes them worse. This can be especially baffling to people who never do anything in a straight-forward manner. I had noticed this in my interactions with a former friend, which inspired me to commit fanfic: "Why the Dzur Stabbed the Yendi in the Back"
Somerville starts by linking to wistfuljane | All Things Return to RaceFail, where the most extreme SJWs think Requires Hate should've gotten a pass and I should've been denounced instead. I like Wistfuljane's honesty: she admits, "I do not care for white people who...well, I would usually add some kind of qualifications here, but truly, I do not care for white people period."
Wistfuljane says, "Mixon's essay drew direct parallels to the many essays Will Shetterly (WS) publicly posted calling chromatic fans "racists" and "abusers" for being critical of racial representation in SFF or the millions of academic papers and blog posts in every fields and industries by white people detailing how chromatic people are "racists" and "abusers" for engaging in racial discourse and for wanting responsible racial representation. It's frankly triggering."
Now, just about everything is triggering to intersectionalists, so I don't doubt that part's true, but I must note that I've been "critical of racial representation in SFF" for decades. There's a reason the Feministsf Wiki said my “work features strong women characters and people of color." What I object to is the SJW love of mobbing, doxxing, and slander in the name of social justice, a concept they appropriated from people like Dorothy Day and Dom Helder Camara who believed in treating everyone with love and respect.
Wistfuljane says, "Will Shetterly has powers within the SFF field and he has used those powers to harass, stalk and threaten chromatic fans and to promote white supremacy. Will Shetterly is the reason that so many chromatic fans are no longer active participants in SFF or other fandom fields and he is the reason so many fans are so scared to mention his name publicly."
The notion that I have "powers" is amusing. I'm a minor writer with a small body of work and no significant awards. Like many writers, I've spent much of my life living below the poverty line.
Who I'm supposed to have "harassed, stalked, and threatened" and how I'm supposed to have done that, I don't know. Outside of the SJWverse, those words have specific meanings. But in the SJWverse, they seem to mean that I have responded publicly to public posts.
As for the idea that I'm promoting white supremacy, sigh. The white supremacists who recognize my name despise me because I've opposed them all my life—in the '60s, I was bullied in school because I spoke out for integration, and in the '80s, I got a death threat because I wrote Captain Confederacy, an alternate-universe comic book about a white man and a black woman who helped overthrow a racist CSA. But in the black-and-white world of intersectionalism, you're a Critical Race Theorist or a white supremacist.
Prominent SJWs show up in the comments there. K. Tempest Bradford says, "The "why not WS" was my FIRST thought on hearing about Mixon's post. Being one of the people he has consistently harassed since RaceFail, that has particularly galled me."
How I am supposed to have harassed Tempest, she does not say, but she is among the people I've answered in public. She doesn't note that whatever our relationship is, it began when she criticized me, and I replied rather than shutting up and converting to Critical Race Theory as a "white ally" is supposed to do.
Sparkymonster says, "Will Shetterly has self published a god damn book of his harassment of black women. Lets talk about that."
I first noticed Sparky in 2009 when she helped cherrypick quotes to misrepresent my beliefs in "Will Shetterly: Do Not Engage". Her partners were Micole Coffeeandink and MaryDell, two white women. It's true my god damn book includes women of color, but it also includes women of pallor, and devotes the most attention to my first cyber-stalker, the extremely white Micole Coffeeandink, so if you're taking an intersectional view, the proper charge to lay against me is misogyny, not racism. I will plead guilty to criticizing more female than male SJWs, but that's because there are more female than male SJWs. Their world view comes from Kimberle Crenshaw, coiner of the concept of "intersectionality" which fused Derrick Bell's neoliberal-friendly Critical Race Theory with bourgeois feminism. Saying I'm sexist or racist for disproportionately addressing women or people of color is like saying I'm anti-Italian for believing abortion should be legal or anti-Jewish for believing Palestinians deserve a viable state of their own.
I have written critical things about Jim Hines and John Scalzi, so white men are on my list. I suspect I have less to say about white male SJWs because they rarely offer anything original—they're too busy checking their privilege.
Sparky says, "Once I sat down once & compiled documents details his harassment of a particular person for a potential restraining order. The stack of paper was several inches thick (double sided) and fucking appalling. WS also specializes in deleting posts, comments, entire journals, etc. He deleted posts and complains that people aren't reading his words in context. We can't because he deleted them."
I'm assuming she didn't try for a restraining order because she couldn't find a lawyer who thought public posts on the internet were harassment. As for deleting posts, guilty, but this community has been obsessive about screen caps for ages, at least since they doxxed and terrorized Zathlazip. If I'd said or done something extreme, they would have dozens of copies to show it, and the first copy would probably be Sparky's.
Sparky says, "About 2 years ago I ended up sitting down with HR because of concerns that either WS or one of his comment buddies was going to start calling my workplace. In order for me to do my job, my work number must be public. My office location also public. The building I work in is open to the public. I am the only black staff member in the building. I'm the only WOC staff member in the building. It was, and is, fucking terrifying."
Two points: 1. Obviously, I never did what she feared. 2. What she feared is exactly what her friends did to Zathlazip. Sparky was afraid of getting what she had condoned and may have participated in.
Somerville says, "I’m going to be using FFA as a source a lot. Get over it. Also, they have their own Wiki entry for Shetterly which has many useful links." FFA is FailFandomAnon, an anonymous community where many SJWs, including Sparky, show up. (I know Sparky appears there because I once commented that an Anon sounded like Sparky, and the Anon confessed by claiming I had outed her with my guess.) FFA should be trusted as much as any source where anyone may leave anonymous comments claiming anything.
There are only a few similarities between RH and WS, none of which reflect well on either of them:1. Identitarians are obsessed with proportionality. My favorite example is poverty: it offends them because it is racially disproportionate, and therefore they don't care that, as Martin Luther King noted in '67 and is still true today, there are twice as many white Americans in poverty as black ones. I, a socialist, hate poverty because it exists. I like King's solution, which goes against everything SJWs believe: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King -- Final Advice.
1. They have disproportionately targeted people of colour
2. They both come from privileged backgrounds, but claim to speak for the disprivileged
3. Both claim to be fighting for social justice, while using the most vile rhetoric to support injustice and terror
4. They both use terror to suppress criticism. (Although Shetterly hasn’t yet issued any death threats.)
2. Identitarians often have a feudal understanding of class: they think you are what you're born into. While it's true the US has very limited class mobility compared to most northern European countries, I'm among the exceptions. RH's privileged background let her live in many countries; mine paid for my education, but did not cover my spending money, so my privilege let me work jobs like washing dishes at Howard Johnson's while I was a student. (For more, see A short autobiography by Will Shetterly.)
3. Uh, no. While I admire actual social justice workers, "social justice" is a concept favored by liberal capitalists because its goal is to ameliorate the class system rather than end it.
4. Terror? It's nice of Somerville to admit I haven't issued any death threats, but really, terror? I've received anonymous death threats from SJWs. That's terrorizing. Zathlazip had threatening hand-written notes left in her office by SJWs. That's terrorizing. If I had actually done anything that could be called terror, someone would cite it.
Although he has deleted and edited some of the evidence for his actions, he has doubled down on most of them, and helpfully gives his critics plenty of material in his frequent, tedious self-defences. He has created a small number of alternate blogs, Livejournal, and Twitter accounts, but never tries to pretend to be anyone else.And that's true enough. I hope my self-defenses will become less tedious as I accept the fact that I'm the SJWs' anti-Christ, or at least one of their anti-Christ's minor servants, and there's no hope of peace between us, though that saddens me. I've always wanted a world in which people with different beliefs could get along, but SJWs want a world in which everyone thinks alike.
Somerville includes an ETA from an anonymous person who makes more wild claims without examples. That Anon, who sounds like Sparkymonster (but may not be her because SJW groupthink results in shared rhetoric) says my "hatred of black women in particular tends to include sexualized comments."
The Anon gives no examples of "sexualized comments" or my hatred. It's true that I was lucky enough to have had a romantic relationship with a black woman in my youth and I continue to think black women are as attractive as white and Asian women, but I haven't a clue what these "sexualized comments" are and hope someone will offer them so I can know whether I've been misunderstood or hoaxed.
As for my "frequent private attempts to contact people (women) who have repeatedly told him not to communicate with them," I have in a couple of cases emailed people in attempts to clarify things, but those attempts were few. One SJW, Stephanie Zvan, admitted on twitter, "Shetterly left me alone when I set boundaries." When people tell me not to contact them, I usually don't contact them.
I hereby give permission for people to freely share my emails. I only ask that they do it publicly so I may confirm them. During Racefail, I was hoaxed at least once (by an LJer who used the three-L "willlshetterly"). Any history of SJWs includes many hoaxes by them, so I'd rather not have a Genesis Hernandez offering her writing as mine.
Somerville says, "His promotion of false accusations dating back to my days in fandom have literally been triggering to me."
Somerville seems to be determined to dox without being called a doxxer—which is standard operating procedure for SJWs. Her argument that she didn't dox because her subject was public reminds me of my argument about outing Coffeeandink, but so far as I know, the person Somerville wants to dox has never acknowledged her pseud, while C&I was using her legal name in public posts on her LJ for years. If you want to dip into the tangled story of Somerville's doxxing, you could start with her post, That's your best shot, Melissa? Or you could have, but it appears Somerville has deleted it or made it private recently, which amuses me enormously given her complaint that I've deleted posts.
Somerville says I'm "a privately educated middle class cis het white male trust fund baby and formerly moderately respected SF writer who is now infamous for his anti-social justice campaigns, outing and doxxing women, supporting racists, and being an insufferable nuisance in online spaces. He is, at the same time, a complete joke who’s only taken seriously by other complete jokes, and also someone who’s made a number of women’s lives miserable by his persistent harassment and targeting."
It's true I have some private education thanks to money from my mother's father, but that money only covered my education; I was a trust fund baby who had to wash dishes for spending money. I had less private education than public; I went to public schools until tenth grade, was expelled from a private school, then graduated from an inner-city Washington DC school that had far more black folks than white, which I liked, and may be one of the reasons Project Implicit says I have an implicit preference for black folks. I'm not sure how middle class I am, regardless of what definition of middle class you use; I've mostly lived below the poverty line in working class neighborhoods. I calculated my wealth a few years ago and found I was almost exactly at the US median, which meant I had less than the median white American—which is far less than the average Australian's. Somerville's claim that I'm a complete joke is at odds with Wistfuljane's claim that I have powers (I love the plural on that), but I have learned not to expect consistency from SJWs. If you think gender is simple, you could say I'm cis and het because I'm married to a woman, but I think human sexuality is more fluid than SJWs can imagine. As for being an insufferable nuisance, sure, if you want a white man who will docilely accept the claims of bourgeois folk of any hue or gender, that ain't me.
Somerville says, "That obnoxiousness, for which he was and remains infamous, is why Coffeeandink made her “Will Shetterly: DO NOT ENGAGE” post. (Shetterly is in the comments, pretty much proving C&I’s point for her.)"
Actually, C&I began her post by noting that she blocked me long ago. Somerville makes very few verifiable claims in her Mixoning, so it's especially entertaining that one of the few she offers is wrong.
Somerville says, "He has now, appropriately enough, thrown his weight behind Gamergate (who also hate SJWs), although his attempt to find common cause with fellow racist misogynist white man and wannabe person of colour, Theodore Beale/Vox Day, ended hilariously badly."
I don't like bullies and doxxers and mobbers, and in Gamergate, neither side has saints, but it's true that I think Gamergaters are generally in the right: ethics matter, even in gaming. If, for example, my wife had been a World Fantasy judge when my book was nominated, people would be right to be outraged, and it would be disingenuous to claim their outrage was about sexism rather than nepotism. The number of gaming journalism sites that have since adopted stronger ethical policies suggests the Gamergaters' concerns were valid all along.
As for the notion that I was trying to find common cause with VD's gang, there is none possible, as I acknowledged in my first comment there when I pointed out I'm a commie egalitarian. I had heard that one of the VD crew had identified Cherie Priest as the person who was leaking private information from SFWA, so I asked—remember the point about me being a Dzur. It's the reason I asked Chip Delany about NAMBLA. I expected to be reviled at VD's blog because reviling is simply what some people do, and some people there do remind me of SJWs at their worst, but the person I wanted information from was willing to share it. That's an example of Dzur-tactics working. What I learned wasn't conclusive, though; my memory is my inquiries exonerated Cherie Priest, or at least established that there was no evidence that she was guilty.
I've already written at unbearable length about the retroactive pseudonymity of Coffeeandink.
Somerville's kind enough to link to many things I've said, but she puts her own spin on each example, sometimes in ludicrous ways. For example, she claims, "Shetterly’s biggest hobby horse is that there is no racism, only classism," and links to me saying this:
I love Frederick Douglass, but I don't know whether he would "exchange his sex and take the place of Elizabeth Cady Stanton." Oppression varies. Something too many people miss: In the Antebellum South, the lowest social group was white, not black: "In 1833 Fanny Kemble, an English actress visiting Georgia, noted in her journal: "The slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as 'poor white trash'"."That has nothing in it to deny the existence of racism. It only points out that race and class are more complicated than intersectionalists can imagine. That Somerville says I am concerned with "classism" may illustrate the problem: "classism" is how intersectionalists think of class prejudice. They want the upper classes to quit being "classist" and treat the lower classes with the modern equivalent of noblesse oblige. They don't give it a name, but it's effectively bourgeois oblige. Being a socialist, I don't give a damn about ending classism. I want to end the class system itself. So Somerville's notion that I see myself as "victim of classism" is bizarre. Like 99% of us, I'm a victim of capitalism, which is an entirely different matter.
Somerville says I "waited until [redacted], the owner of STGRB, decided to use a frequently passed around link concerning me (and which contains a mixture of genuine and false RL identifying information) in an attempt to silence me." I note this purely because I'm amused that Somerville is still trying to dox someone after she complained about doxxing.
Somerville says I "replicated the tactic he’d used on Coffeeandink, for again doing nothing more than documenting and criticising his behaviour" To help people unfamiliar with SJW-speak, to SJWs, "documenting and criticizing" is what they do; "stalking and harassing" is what their opponents do.
So far, the only commenter at Somerville's blog is Stevie. I wrote a little about her last year: identitarian rhetoric, a case study: Stevie, Tibet, and slavery.
Well. If anyone would like any elaboration on anything, you only have to ask. Otherwise, I pray the warriors will ignore me now, because I still want to let this blog go to the Happy Blogging Ground.
ETA: In the comments at Somerville's blog, Stevie Gamble claims, "A few years earlier WS had hated Cherie; as far as i can tell, because her books sold better than his or his wife’s."
To which I say: Huh? Where did I ever say anything against Cherie Priest? If I wasted time hating people whose books sell better than mine or Emma's, I'd have mighty few good books left to read. I haven't read any of Priest's books yet, but Emma has read at least one and said nice things about it.
I just did a search on both of my blogs to see if I've said anything about Cherie Priest. All I could find was a link to Panty Raid, which I thought was fun.