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09 September 2009 @ 02:24 pm
Flash Fiction Online is a Queer-unfriendly market.  
Via rm:

Flash Fiction Online rejected a rather beautiful ad for Crossed Genres' upcoming LGBTQ issue.

The reason given was: “Sorry, I don’t accept sexually themed ads.”

Check out the ad in question.

If that wasn't bad enough, here's a quote from the following email exchange*. From Jake of Flash Fiction Online:

If marriage, sex, the family, and society were properly linked, then society would specially support the natural source of the fecundity of the human race and the stability of its societies: the monogamous, child-bearing family.

In a nutshell, then: as a society, I believe that we are completely screwed up about the relationships of family, sex, and society. I reiterate that straights have done this. We are to blame.

And it’s because we’ve done this that we think, as a culture, that “gay marriage” and “straight marriage” are essentially the same. It makes us think that the issue is fairness and equality. It leads us to view the issue as a civil rights issue, as you do. I sympathize, deeply, because I thought the same thing for a long time.

Well then. Another market I won't ever be subbing to again. On the plus side, though, Crossed Genres now has my attention despite every issue being themed**, and I shall be keeping up on their sub guidelines now.

* I picked an example where I think he's actually saying what he means, rather than falling into accidental Failpits, as he does elsewhere. In other words, I think all the Fail in this example is intentional.

** I actually like themes; they spark ideas. But normally when I look at magazine markets I already have a story in hand, and I go "Oh, themed, won't want this story I didn't write for a theme then" and move on, forgetting to check what the theme is.

ETA1: In response to Jake's incredibly inaccurate assumption that the het nuclear family is The Norm And Always Has Been, zwol is asking where to start looking for "serious research about the prevalence of these [listed] various [relationship] institutions and their variations across time, culture, and class".

ETA2: seanmarkey notes in comments that Beth Wodzinski just twittered: I just donated to PFLAG in honor of Jake Freivald and Flash Fiction Online. Won't you join me? elsmi and I think this is an excellent idea, and are donating now. Won't you join us?

ETA3: Oh and, as pointed out in comments, The FFO editor is poly-unfriendly too. I missed that on the first pass.

(Incidentally, if I haven't responded to you in lj it's because the tendonitis hit and there was a baby to play with and .... I shall very soon. This just came first because... well... I couldn't really not post about it. Too angry.)

Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Athena Andreadis, aka Helivoyhelivoy on September 11th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Crossed Genres
I had both a recent long interview and a story in Crossed Genres, (in the July and August issue, respectively) and I know the founders/editors personally. They are smart, funny, articulate, nice, learned, meticulous. Their magazine fills a tremendous need, providing a home to interstitial stories in today's climate of increasing specialized subdivisions. I feel happy and proud to have my work in their magazine. When I read about the ad rejection, I got the eerie feeling I'm living in a parallel universe. Or that humans are really several distinct species that happen to be inter-fertile without having anything else in common.

Athena Andreadis

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Crossed Genres
Hi Athena!

Your story is how I knew about CG in the first place :)
(I owe you email majorly and am so very behind, but want to say now, I liked your story much!)
Athena Andreadis, aka Helivoyhelivoy on September 11th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Crossed Genres
I'm glad you liked it! *smile*
Athena Andreadis, aka Helivoyhelivoy on September 12th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Crossed Genres
And for your amusement, here's my opinion about some of these Fails. It's turning into a pandemic worse than the H1N1 flu!

Is It Something in the Water? Or: Me Tarzan, You Ape

Girl Cooties Menace the Singularity!

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 12th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Crossed Genres
Ooh! Thanks :)