I’m working on editing MHN today, and have a Sad Puppies Wrap Up tomorrow for the last day of the month, so I don’t really have time to respond to the hundreds of angry Yorkies yipping at the Saint Bernard, but if you check google you can see I’ve got the SFWA blogosphere all aflame at my hatey-hate. I am tempoarily more despised than Orson Scott Card. Achievement Unlocked! (insert guitar riff here)
The interesting thing is however, that I check the blog stats, and I’ve got a small uptick like I normally do whenever I get political, but from all the places bitching about me the actual number of visitors who bothered to read what I actually wrote is miniscule. So then I check out the libprog literati blogs (and before anybody from the No Labels crowd gets the vapors, what percentage of the people in question do you think voted for Barack Obama? 98%? 99%? I’m sure somebody voted for Nader) it is interesting to discover that the people talking about me either 1. Read what I wrote, kinda agree with the nuts and bolts of what I said, but I was mean about it, and therefore am a horrible person. Or 2. Didn’t read what I wrote at all, made up something suitably sexist or racist to rail against, and then hung my picture on it. Meanwhile, over on my FB feed me and my fans (including a bunch of transsexuals and gay folks) are laughing at the pretentious crusading douchebags.
So rather than waste time again trying to explain my opinion (since they’re just going checklist and Skim Until Offended and then Make Shit Up) here are some other interesting articles on the topic.
This is my favorite. Read it. Seriously. http://www.scifiwright.com/2014/01/restless-heart-of-darkness-part-two/
If I’m a tetsubo, this guy is a rapier. I’ve never read his fiction before, but if it is as good as his opinion piece, it should be impressive. This is one of the better articles on the topic of debating with the left that I’ve ever read.
Here is another science fiction writer who thought the original premise is bunk, only he says so in a far kinder way than I’m capable of: http://bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/sci-male-utterings-on-gender-binarism/
And another science fiction writer debunks the silliness: http://madgeniusclub.com/2014/01/30/just-when-you-thought-it-was-safe/
And another successful sci-fi writer chimes in, not about the whole gender thing, but the underlying problems of pushing message fic on our genre’s dwindling audience: http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/blog/item/liberal-literary-sf-and-its-irrelevance And this is coming from the successful science fiction author who probably has one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse, gender bending group of characters in sci-fi, who Hines also selectively quoted to try and make look like a hate monger.
Note… None of us have called for any of the “racist, transphobic, and cissexist” things we’re being accused of (and I’m pretty sure they just made that last word up). None of us have warned writers not to write some type of character. We aren’t the ones demanding an end to anybody’s norms. We are the ones telling writers to write what they want. We are the ones who don’t expect our speculative fiction to have to conform to any group’s arbitrary standards. Our stories are diverse, but they’re not diverse for the right reasons, and to the Social Justice Warriors results aren’t nearly as important as feelings.