- Leslie Feinberg, author of Stone Butch Blues, has passed away. May zir memory be a blessing to zir loved ones.
- Stop calling me ‘the Ebola nurse’
- Escape from Jonestown This is a harrowing read.
- Art or Humanity: Thoughts on Bill Cosby Roxane Gay. I have such a crush on her, guys. “Art is nothing compared to humanity, nothing at all.”
- The Rape Accusations Against Bill Cosby Must Not Be Ignored This Bill Cosby stuff just breaks my heart. Not because of The Cosby Show (which I mostly hated, but oh the sweaters) but because of Bill Cosby: Himself which I utterly adored as a child. And of course, my person angst is absolutely nothing compared to what the women he raped have had to go through. Nothing.
- The Comfort Women and Japan’s War on Truth
- G.K. Chesterton and the machinery of bigotry
- What Do You Do When You Think You Have a Murderer in the Family?
- Learning the Rules: Empathy and Enforcement
- Spot the Saint: The Four Doctors + Saints’ Hats I found this to be a delightful read, truly.
- Tightrope Walker – Lord Peter Wimsey and the Golden Age (via)
- 1995 guide to using the Internet You guys! It mentions gopher! Which was the very first way I managed to get online!
- In Defense of the Archaeologist, Indiana Jones I am sad that this doesn’t talk about the awesomeness that is the Lego Indiana Jones video games (although nothing will ever be better than Lego Batman).
Lovely readers! You are all readers, yes? Yes!
I’ve been talking with friends privately about the current discussion in SFF fandom about Requires Hate/Benjanun Sriduangkaew and trying to get a handle on it. I’m not directly affected by the abuse, but I know people who were and my heart aches for the damage both to them and to our wider community. The last thing anyone wants to read is another essay, so I just have one thing I really want to say.
I know there’s been a lot of argument about whether or not a vicious review is abusive if it doesn’t contain specific threats and personal attacks. I’m going to say that when a reviewer’s body of work is notable primarily because of their tendency to hurl specific threats and personal attacks against people, the fact that they choose not to indulge this predilection in every single one of their reviews does not mean that there was an absence of a threat. If we are so used to this type of destructive speech that we are willing to find its momentary absence an indication that a person is not abusive or threatening–perhaps we are doing it wrong.
In other words, I’m not going to parse which reviews were abusive or threatening and which ones weren’t. Seems to me that it’s not on me to decide. There are no “deserving” victims here. Anyone who believes that needs to rethink their life choices.
So, in that spirit, I have compiled a completely incomplete list of links to works by some of the authors affected.
Read. Decide for yourself.
- “Alternate Girl’s Expatriate Life” and “Of Alternate Adventures and Memory” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (more)
- “The Wind Harp” by Athena Andreadis and The Other Half of the Sky (anthology edited by Andreadis)
- Stranger, by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
- Shadowboxer, by Tricia Sullivan
- The Grass King’s Concubine, by Kari Sperring
- “I’ll Never Find Another You” by Colum Paget (three more of his stories are at Daily SF, search for “Paget”)
- Chelsea Gaither’s fiction on GoodReads
- Silver Phoenix, by Cindy Pon
- “Stone Hunger”, by N.K. Jemisin (more)
- Caitlín R. Kiernan’s fiction on GoodReads
- Adrienne Kress’s fiction
- “Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride”, by Saladin Ahmed (more)
- “The Gambler”, by Paolo Bacigalupi (more)
- “The Lady Astronaut of Mars”, by Mary Robinette Kowal (more)
- The Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord
- Liz Williams’s fiction on GoodReads
I didn’t do this on purpose, but I notice that 38% of the authors listed above are PoC. This is disproportionate to their overall representation in the field (which needs to change! We need diverse books!).
I also want to take this moment to signal boost SAFE, a PoC-led place for people to gather and talk about what’s been going on. I reached out to Tade Thompson, owner of the site, to clarify who was welcome to comment and he told me the following: “We’re not screening for race, we’re screening for bile.”
I would urge non-PoC to be respectful of the space and of the need for PoC to have a place where their voices are centered. Think once, twice, three times before commenting on the first post; however, there is a second post which is explicitly open to all targets of Requires Hate/Benjanun Sriduangkaew. If you were not a target, think about whether or not your participation at SAFE is appropriate (hint: it’s not).
As for comments on this post: I’m leaving them open, but I will be moderating heavily.
As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel room for World Fantasy. Consequently, I don’t have the time to put together a proper links post.
I hope the return of Chris Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” makes up for my laxness this week.
If you’ve ever received an email from me, you may have noticed my sig file–lyrics from Vienna Teng’s “Gravity” that are, for reasons I don’t want to discuss, very important to me:
I am turning in revolution
These are the scars that silence carved on me
Love to you all. Strength to your arms and your spirits.
Just a handful of links today because I feel like I have things I want to say about them. They are both quite long but very much worth reading in their entirety.
- Words, Words, Words: On Toxicity and Abuse in Online Activism
- Beyond Niceness: Further Thoughts on Rage
I’ve been thinking about what these articles are saying a lot. A lot a lot. A lot.
Yesterday I tweeted about whisper networks and how they serve a necessary purpose but they are, by their nature, fundamentally flawed. One of their flaws is that they help keep abuse confined to the shadows and the corners. They can, in some ways, serve to further isolate people already vulnerable to abuse. I don’t know how to fix this. I don’t know if it can be fixed.
I would like to see community action come from these networks–a chorus of voices is stronger and louder than just a single voice. But even that comes with risks.
I have spent a lot of time the last two years angry.
I’m tired of being angry. If I keep on being angry, I’ll be no use to anyone–not myself, not my family, not my community.
This isn’t any sort of high-minded pledge that I’ll never be angry again. That would be foolish. But it is, perhaps, a reminder to myself to remember that anger is a tool. It’s a tool best wielded carefully and with precision.
- Terry Tempest Williams: A conservation author’s sacred rage
- Washington Post Dismisses 500-Page Civil War Nonfiction Book As Girly
- Ebola Isn’t a Medical Problem, It’s a People Problem
- Why I’m using blind auditions to recruit journalists for VentureBeat
- Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage Is there anyone who hasn’t read this yet? It’s probably the best analysis I’ve seen so far of what’s going on with GamerGate.
- A Summary Of The Gamergate Movement That We Will Immediately Change If Any Of Its Members Find Any Details Objectionable And this is the funniest.
- On GamerGate: A letter from the editor
- Hate Sinks On the use of young and low-paid women to moderate toxic online spaces.
- How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri This is kind of sweet.
- “On how women should behave”: Reading Other People’s Mail
- For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet
- Hale vs Harris, and the Breach of Online Ethics This is the best summary of this particular bit of horror I’ve seen. Authors, this is called stalking. It is a crime. It doesn’t matter how cute or quirky you think you are. It is a crime. Don’t do it.
- Class and Privilege: The Listen Linda Edition
- Inside the world of Amazon Vine book reviewers: how I ended up with a mailbox full of dog poo
- The radical, romantic female gaze of Outlander
- How Ben Bradlee’s Outrageous Use of White Privilege Changed My Life
- Snapchat Hacked: Building a 10 Billion-Dollar Business on Exploitation of Underage Youth
- A nation of Sayrevilles: Why locker room sexual assault is all too common
- Airlines must not fail in duty to assist passengers with disabilities
- Quora Keeps the World’s Knowledge For Itself
- GM’s hit and run: How a lawyer, mechanic, and engineer blew open the worst auto scandal in history
I wish I was made of spikes and quills. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way lately.