September 12th, 2009


Today's grab-bag anti-bigotry links

Today's because, well, I saw 'em today.

1) Via rm: wood_artist emailed Jake Freivald and posts the original email and the response, which contains doozies like this one:

You seem to think this shouldn't be political because it's about "equality for all". From my perspective, it's not. This isn't about denying equal rights to equal *people* (and yes, I do think that homosexuals and heterosexuals are equal people), it's about special societal sanction of a special type of *relationship*, which is the monogamous lifelong male-female couple. It's not an equal rights issue at all.

He also brings up "fecundity" in his original response to Bart of Crossed Genres, so what it comes down to is that writing about any relationship that isn't monogamous, het, lifelong, and for-procreation (and I would guess from the rest enforcing "traditional" gender roles) is too "messagey" for FFO.

This relates, I think, to a point Hal Duncan makes in his smackdown of John C Wright -- that if one is prone to believing that authority and cultural norms are inherently Good and transgressing against them is inherently Bad, regardless of what actually hurts people, then one ends up being a biggoty bigot who thinks one's points are all-so reasonable and moral.

2) Via ysabetwordsmith, Dr. Ron Walters points out the extent to which the ridiculous furor about President Obama's speech to schoolkids is, like so many other of the protests against Anything He Says, a refusal to accept him as a cultural authority, because, y'know, he's black..

No surprise, but it does pull things into clarity for me. I continue to be appalled, but now have a better understanding of how the Wrong is working.

3) Via helivoy ('cause I'm still behind on my SH reading), Strange Horizons review of the Mammoth Book of Mindblowing Science Fiction

Reviewer Graham Sleight concludes: The real problem with the book is that it conforms to one of the stereotypes of SF: that the genre privileges certain kinds of emotionless epiphany over work depicting rounded characters. (That it doesn't often succeed in conveying that kind of epiphany is a separate issue.) Whole worlds of human experience are largely absent from this book—the sexual, the interpersonal, the everyday—and when they're present, like the sexual material in "The Peacock King," they're done badly.

The whole review's much worth reading but... who didn't see that coming?

4) helivoy has an excellent blog post about the Screwfly Solution nature exhibited by a number of "self-defined “technoprogressive visionaries”, who are unhappy about those uppity wimmins (and presumably all the rest of us uppity categories).

In comments she notes: I recall a poll described by Robin Morgan. Apparently, there was extensive polling of high school students at the time she was writing her book The Demon Lover. They asked girls and boys if they were afraid of the other gender and why. The boys replied “We’re afraid the girls will laugh at us.” The girls replied “We’re afraid the boys will kill us.” A slight difference, no?

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

National Invisible Chronic Illness Week is coming up, and I just discovered its existence via a locked post.

I dithered about posting a 30-things list, because I have been enculturated "not to complain" so I already feel like I mention it way too much because I'm saying "Can't do X, sick" so often. But I figured, enculturation is probably one of the worst reasons for silence there is, and the whole point of the week is to raise awareness, so! Here is a list.

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