Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jagi Lamplighter's Would-Be-Resignation from SFWA

My Would-Be-Resignation from SFWA | Welcome to Arhyalon: "An organization whose job is to represent people who write (among other things) about chain-mail bikini clad gals cannot decide to object to chain-mail bikini clad gals. Bikini girls might be right. They might be wrong. The job of SFWA is to represent science fiction and fantasy writers…including those who write or paint bikini-clad gals."

Kindly Inquisitors author Jonathan Rauch on the importance of doubt.

‘Everything should be open to question’ | Free speech | Interviews | USA | spiked

Saturday, April 26, 2014

How the Jaime/Cersei GOT scene should have gone

How the Jaime/Cersei GOT scene should have gone - Imgur

blocked at the Atlantic, BUT NOT by Noah Berlatsky

ETA: Berlatsky says in the comments it wasn't him.

At Star Wars and the 4 Ways Science Fiction Handles Race - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic, I had left two comments:
Why do people assume there will be distinct races in the future? It sounds like a segregationist's fantasy.
The modern concept of race is barely 500 years old. Why should it still be with us in the far—or not-so-far—future?
Today, I got a notice that Devin Parker had replied,
Ideally, it wouldn't, or at the least, it wouldn't be a stigmatizing factor instead of just one facet of a person's identity. But science fiction isn't written for people in the future; it's written for people right now, and speaks to our current thoughts, concerns, worries and hopes. And if race isn't really an issue in these invented futures, why do most of our science fiction films and TV shows about those futures still depict a majority of white people as the cast, especially in the role of the main character?
I wrote this in response:
I completely agree that all art is made for the present. But casting is a different issue: why does Hollywood mostly cast white people? Why does Bollywood mostly cast Indians? Why does Hong Kong mostly cast Asians? Is a mostly-Indian or a mostly-Chinese science fiction show racist?

That said, I also agree that visual f&sf tends to be unimaginative about the depiction of race in the future. But so long as we live in a capitalist society, moviemakers will cast for profitability rather than ideology.
When I tried to post it, I got this message:
We are unable to post your comment because you have been blocked by The Atlantic.
Critical Race Theorists like Berlatsky go very quickly from ignoring their opponents to laughing at them to fighting them by silencing them with whatever tools they have at hand. I suppose I should be flattered.

ETA: Yes, I had thought I was done with social justice warriors. But clearly, they are not done with me, so this blog may have more posts.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Comments are on again

For now, anyone who wants to say something about the posts here may comment on them. I plan to keep new posts at my main blog.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Goodbye, social justice warriors, and farewell!

My work here is done. If anything related to the internet's outrage culture needs to be said, I'll say it at it's all one thing. As for the title on this post, it's not meant to be mocking. The warriors mean well. Meaning well, of course, is nothing—most of the worst things humanity has done were done by people who meant well. But we all make mistakes, and I hope the warriors will learn that the politics of rage only promote backlash—Robespierre and Joe McCarthy both failed. It's better to practice the politics of respect.


Will Shetterly

My book is done, and so am I—on How To Make A Social Justice Warrior

It's slightly different than the previous draft, but not in any major ways, I think. Currently, it's at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Only $2.99 99 cents US—cheap!

At How to make a Social Justice Warrior, D. J. Anderson said,
Shetterly is a fascinating writer, and he covers a LOT of material here. He is consistently thought-provoking, and he is at his best here, struggling with complicated issues and walking through his thoughts and personal journey.
I made an intro:

But to save you having to play it (it's effectively just an audio podcast):
I may be the only person who has gotten death threats from racists and anti-racists.
In the 1960s, my family was part of the civil rights struggle. I was bullied in school—they called me a niggerlover. My parents couldn’t get fire insurance because the Ku Klux Klan threatened to burn down our home. Dad taught me how to carry our shotgun to him if he needed it. They never came, but that experience shaped my life. 
I wrote a novel based on my childhood called Dogland. Ellen Kushner said it was "A masterwork. A particularly American magic realism that touches the heart of race and childhood in our country." 
I also created Captain Confederacy, the first black female superhero who had her own series from a major comic book company. The story was about a black woman and a white man who became lovers in a world where the Confederacy won the Civil War. Though many southerners praised it, a Texan sent me a threatening letter about the fate of race traitors. 
The Feminist SF Wiki said my work “features strong women characters and people of color”. But I got in a flamewar with people who understand power in terms of social identities—in that case, race—and got my first death threat from an anti-racist. Researching my opponents, I learned that: 
They claim to believe in racial diversity, but they mobbed a Cherokee author and made a literary convention withdraw its offer for him to be their guest of honor. 
They claim to believe in celebrating women, but they mobbed a woman writer who was a pioneer in two male-dominated fields, science fiction and the military, and made a feminist convention withdraw its offer for her to be their guest of honor. 
They claim to believe in protecting women, but they exposed a pseudonymous young woman’s legal identity on the web, contacted her employers to try to get her fired, and left a threat in her office that was so scary she went to the police. 
They claim to believe in free speech, but they try to censor, boycott, and black list anyone whose approach to justice is different than theirs, even—or especially—if their targets also want a world of equality for everyone. 
I’ve forgiven everyone in those flamewars. The last and hardest to forgive was myself. Like everyone in every flamewar, I chose to fight when I could have stayed on the sidelines. All I can do to make amends is share what I’ve learned about social justice warriors.
Here's the guide to the previous draft:

1. Understanding Social Justice Warriors
• From Social Justice Workers to Social Justice Warriors
• Racism = Power + Privilege, so only White People can be Racist?
• Derrick Bell, the Father of Critical Race Theory
• Kimberlé Crenshaw, the Mother of Intersectionality
• The Problem with Privilege Theory
• Nine Problems with Identitarianism
• Quotes for Identity Traitors
• About this history

2. Diversity In Fantasy And Science Fiction
• Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina
• Parallel Lives
• Is it harder for black people to get a taxi in the US?
• Discussing the taxi test in the comments on my “parallel lives” post
• What fat social justice warriors don’t know about class markers
• Micole “Mely” Coffeeandink
• Elizabeth Vom Marlowe
• N. K. Jemisin
• K. Tempest Bradford

3. The Outing of Zathlazip and the Hounding of William Sanders
• The WisCon Troll
• The Powwow Dancer vs. the People of Privilege

4. Racefail ’09
• Whose voice counts?
• Comparing mobs to orcs is racist
• White women’s tears
• I fall into a burning ring of fire…
• Trying to reason in a flamewar
• Will Shetterly: Do Not Engage
• Deepad
• Liz Henry, aka Badgerbag
• Julia Sullivan, aka Icecreamempress and Sidhedevil
• Veejane
• I fell down, down, down as the flames burned higher…
• Baffled white writers
• Nithings
• Hate mail and threats
• Vom Marlowe objects

5. The Retroactive Pseudonymity of Micole “Mely” Coffeeandink

6. Racefail Burns Out
• Pseudonymityfail Burns Out
• A Farewell to RaceFail
• The Angry Bourgie Woman vs. Harlan Ellison
• What happened to Verb Noire?
• Mobbing Jay Lake
• Continuing Effects of Violations of Internet Pseudonymity
• Rape and the Righteous Community

7. The Female Marine Officer vs. WisCon’s True Feminists
• When scifi writers could disagree
• Even bigots must be free to speak
• WisCon and Elizabeth Moon: What Happened and What Can We Learn from it?

8. The Metaphor Police
• “Brown bag lunch” is racist
• “Slavery” and “Holocaust” are racist
• Fried chicken is racist
• “Death March” is racist
• Kilowog in Green Lantern is racist

9. Imaginary Indian Fails
• Mammothfail
• Graveyardfail
• American Indian or Native American?
• Real Indians and Wah-na-bes
• In support of race traitor stories—regarding Avatar and District 9
• Was Deep Space Nine racist? or, More on Avatar
• Watching Avatar While Human, and a note about John Carter of Mars
• Dances With Wolves
• A Jewish Dances With Wolves
• The Education of Little Tree: where is the racism?
• Is Little House on the Prairie racist?
• Whiteknightfail, or The Education of K. Tempest Bradford

10. Weird Tales of Fails and Shaming
• Rose Fox
• Those Who Require Hate Instead of Love
• Outrage Culture: the World of Social Justice Warcraft

11. Diversity of thought vs diversity of identity: the SFWA Kerfuffles
• The right to offend is the heart of free speech
• Chain Mail Bikinis
• The Reminiscences of Old Men
• When you think social justice warriors can go no lower
• N. K. Jemisin’s Continuum Guest of Honor Speech
• On the female gaze, Vampire Diaries, gothic romances, and SFWA
• On Vox Day and N. K. Jemisin, the feuding heirs of Racial Realism
• Do gun laws make it safe for white people to kill darker-skinned people?
• SFWA’s Petitiongate

12. Class and Fandom
• Class, Race, Fandom, and Dr. Who
• Damien G. Walter and “class envy”
• Are poor people invisible in fandom?
• The hardest panel for an f&sf convention

13. How to make a Social Justice Warrior
• The cult symptoms of Social Justice Warriors
• Ten Points About Conformity

14. Reclaiming Civility

Addenda: Social Justice Warriors
• Unpacking “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
• The Killing Rage of Bell Hooks
• Gendered language and sexism
• How to survive an online mobbing
• How to talk like a Social Justice Warrior, or The thought-terminating clichés of radical identitarianism

If you don't know me, here's a video introduction that might explain why I really don't like mobbing and bullies:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Oppressed by the Ivy League - more on the censorious left

Oppressed by the Ivy League - Being a conservative mag, they refer to the anti-liberal left, which may confuse people who don't realize they're using liberal in the sense of supporting free speech. Being a socialist, you could say I'm part of the anti-liberal left, but in the sense they're using, I'm a liberal socialist.

not guilty | Fredrik deBoer

not guilty | Fredrik deBoer: On #cancelcolbert and Goldberg's response.

Friday, April 4, 2014

“I F*cking Hate @RuPaul” by Andrea James

“I F*cking Hate @RuPaul” - Boing Boing: "Why does Molloy, who is transgender, fucking hate RuPaul? Ru used the word “shemale” recently on RuPaul’s Drag Race and has unapologetically used a number of other taboo words over several decades, like “tranny” and what-not. Imagine that, a drag queen breaking a taboo!"