Friday, June 28, 2013

for the people who came to this blog seeking more information about WisCon and sexual harassment

Elise is a friend; I vouch for her sincerity. Her account is here and elsewhere: Brandon Sanderson Blog: Guest post by Elise Matthesen: How to Report Sexual Harassment.

My only comment at this time: Stopping when you are first asked to stop is not some weird new feminist notion. It may be the oldest idea of how good men are supposed to treat all women. It is at least as old as chivalry, and I suspect there were Sumerians who understood that.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

amusing comment in review of a Jemisin novel

Researching the call for civility in the Jemisin-Vox Day tiff, I googled "jemisin civility" and found Amazon.com: Jeremy's review of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inherit...: "In a book about a political power struggle it is frustrating to see the protagonist refuse to act with any sort of civility or tact."

It made me laugh. Why would a writer who rejects "tone policing" write characters who act with civility or tact?

Monday, June 3, 2013

oh noes! Ann Somerville is cyberstalking me!

It began with her tweet:
17hWhat a surprise. Shetterly is defending sexist dickwittery in comments.
I responded with:
16h Actually, I'm supporting the right to disagree. I believe in intellectual diversity, not bourgeois identitarianism.
Then I saw her response:

16hchrist, does will shetterly do anything but ego google himself all fucking day? As if he could ever say anything I want to hear
16hWhat does it say about the SF community that a racist sexist tool like Shetterly is more acceptable than 'lady writers'?
So I tweeted:
12h Do you even know what "racist" and "sexist" mean? You use them like synonyms for "poopyhead".
12h The Feministsf wiki said my “work features strong women characters and people of color”. What did it say about yours?
12h I marched and was beaten bloody in the civil rights struggle. What have you done?
Will Shetterly ‏@WillShetterly12h Ah, well. Bored now. Ciao!
Then I noticed she had blogged about me: Bros before hos. So I tweeted:
2h Oops, forgot to say this: Stop cyberstalking me! (I hope I'm using the term in the proper SJW sense.) :)
What can I say? I was bored, and I assume Ann Somerville was also. It used to bother me when SJWarriors threw hissyfits about me, because I like to think people can disagree civilly—I have many friends who don't share my politics. But since Warriors reject civility as tone policing, I realize that outrage is just what makes them happy. So now I find their attention kind of flattering.

But mostly, I pity them. They want a better world and haven't a clue how to make one. (Hint: Embracing the idea of treating everyone with respect is a start. I don't always succeed at that, but I keep it as a goal.)

ETA: Her blog post may be private now. I wish these people would decide whether they want to be public or private before they hit "post". But changing things from public to private is just another example of SJWs wanting to have everything two ways, and a third if they can figure one out.

Recommended: Intersectionality and identity politics

Intersectionality and identity politics | Slave of the Passions:
I don’t agree with those who say that the problem with intersectionality is that it’s a difficult, academic concept that ordinary people can’t possibly be expected to understand. It’s true that I don’t much like the word ‘intersectionality’. It’s a big, new, difficult sounding word to describe something that is actually a remarkably straight-forward and common sense idea, and that always gets my hackles up, as I suspect it’s often done in an attempt to make the obvious and mundane seem complex and profound. But I’m not going to fight with anyone about that. It’s useful to have a phrase to describe this simple idea, and if intersectionality works for you, then that’s fine – and, for better or worse, it looks like we’re stuck with it now. (It also seems worth mentioning that in my time as an academic I have never heard or read the word. Perhaps other academic disciplines use it, but it is never used in my field, and I had never encountered it until I started reading feminist stuff online.) So while there may be some initial resistance or confusion when meeting the term for the first time, I don’t think the reason to object to the discourse of intersectionality is that it’s just far too academic and complicated for normal people to understand. It’s actually incredibly obvious and easy to comprehend that if you’re a non-white woman, you’re going to be subject to both sexism and racism, which is a different experience from being subject to only one of these, and so on and so on, for other forms of prejudice. 
So if this is what intersectionality is about, then I don’t believe many people on the left have any problem with it at all. I think the problem lies not with the idea of intersectionality itself, but with the identity politics that some of its proponents believe follows from it.