I posted a pair of comments that were in line with my post yesterday on the SFWA Forum. (Forum posts are private and one is not allowed to quote them elsewhere, otherwise I would quote the posts to which I was responding.) This resulted in numerous complaints to the moderator, a warning for "abusive behavior", the deletion of the following posts, and a temporary removal of my posting abilities there by a creature with the unlikely Warrior Woman name of Cat Rambo.
I also addressed the idea that the Dialogues column between Mike Resnick and Barry Salzberg should be forcibly retired with alacrity.Not that it will likely make a difference, but I don't see how "Moahr Titz" is going to improve the Bulletin. As for more diversity, that's a fantastic idea if you want to render the Bulletin of absolutely no interest to anyone except women who derive vicarious pleasure from listening to other people moan about the travails of life. If this was the Organization for Respecting Women and not the SFWA, hey, these various suggestions are fine. But they have absolutely nothing to do with science fiction. Consider: it will be a pretty hollow victory to claim that everyone in professional science fiction is finally respecting women, minorities, dwarves, and fairies in the desired manner if in the process you manage to drive away three-quarters of the science fiction readership.
The Bulletin absolutely should have scantily clad women being rescued by manly men from bug-eyed aliens on the cover from time to time. It should have robots and spaceships too. Whether you find that offensive or not, that's part of what science fiction was, and is. Science fiction is supposed to be the literature of dangerous ideas, not safe and inoffensive and respectful and politically correct ones.
And if you can't handle that concept, then you should get the hell out of the field and the organization. You don't belong in either of them.
I therefore encourage every member of the SFWA who is offended by the Dialogues or the Bulletin covers to follow e. Catherine Tobler's excellent example and resign from the organization. Because regardless of your literary talents and interests, you are clearly not fit to be a science fiction writer. Science fiction isn't about respect, equality, or inoffensiveness, it is about science and the future.
So, praising the decision of a member to quit, expressing the opinion that others of similarly delicate minds would do well to follow her example, and noting that women are inordinately inclined to be easily offended, speech-controlling fascists resulted immediately in fascistic, speech-repressing activity by an offended woman. In the eyes of the present SFWA, criticism equals abuse.How about a regular column by women writers complaining about sexism in [science fiction/fantasy/horror/publishing/games] and how there are not enough female [fill-in-the-blank]. That would be totally new and different and impossible to find anywhere else!Maybe every four issues we could change it up with a column by a black writer complaining about racism in [science fiction/fantasy/horror/publishing/games] and how there are not enough black [fill-in-the-blank].Who wants to read about the history of yucky old science fiction by some old white guys of whom nobody has ever heard anyway?
And you thought the Sports Guy was joking. Women really do ruin everything. Even for themselves. Perhaps especially for themselves.
No wonder a number of SFWA members refuse to post on the Forum and stubbornly stick with the old ones on SFF.net. The SFWA Forum doesn't just stifle discourse, it actively eliminates it altogether.
Harlan Ellison wept.