Archive for the ‘Open letters to people who piss me off’ Category
I’ve been sitting on this response for a while because I knew it deserved its own post but I wasn’t sure I had it in me to write one. Now, at last, here we are:
Please be warned that this post contains, and links to, discussion of rape. Read with caution. Thank you.
Dear science fiction industry at large (and, while I’m at it, producers of any manner of fiction, and perhaps anyone who writes anything with people in it):
Any human with a decent approximation of sanity, and many a human without, is capable of resisting their own sexual urges. Yes, even if they are male. Yes, even if they are teenaged and male. Stop talking about the uncontrollable mating urge of the adolescent boy, or of the adult man. Both are figments of humanity’s twisted collective imagination. Neither exists.
We are not a species of sad little marionettes being trotted this way or that by our laughing genitals. This is one of those jokes that needs to go away and never come back.
Because there are people who believe this manure, and when somebody believes something like that, they’re often disinclined to test it for themselves.
This angry rant is brought to you by chapter four of Orson Scott Card’s Shadow Puppets. I hope nobody’s listening to him when it comes to sex anyway, because this is the same guy who gave us the heterosexual pedophile outraged to be mistaken for “a faggot”.
Today, I read something hilarious.
In fact, the entire opening paragraph of that post is a masterpiece of tragicomedy. I’ll quote it here:
Science fiction is a very male form of fiction. Considerably more men than women are interested in reading and watching science fiction. This is no surprise. Science fiction traditionally is about men doing things, inventing new technologies, exploring new worlds, making new scientific discoveries, terraforming planets, etc. Many men working in the fields of science, engineering, and technology have cited science fiction (such as the original Star Trek) for inspiring them when they were boys to establish careers in these fields.
Now, the thing is, when I read that I expected it to be the opening paragraph of a very different post. (I should learn to pay more attention to the author tagline on blog entries.) The fact that somebody could think male-dominated, male-centric sci-fi is somehow a good thing still strikes me as more than slightly fucked. So listen up, Pro-male/Anti-feminist Tech: this is the post that might have been.
Last post, I expressed a plan to make another post today detailing my responses to questions asked of me at Male Chauvinist Woman’s blog. In light of my recent discovery that she has banned me from that lofty venue, I’m certainly not going to be able to answer them any other way.
Once again, please be warned that there is discussion of rape both in this post and in many of the posts I link to throughout. Read with caution.
First, I’ll give you all a peek at the response I left for her on the post where she notified me of the ban.
All right, I admit, it was a long post and we only mentioned my gender and the authorship proportions once each. So let me spell it out for you: Marbles is a woman. I am a man. I wrote the bulk of that post, with her input and approval.
Don’t fucking tell me what I will or will not conclude under any fucking circumstances. Like most decent human beings, I am fully capable of listening to what people fucking say to me. If a woman takes off her panties, gets into bed with me, and says “I’m not going to have sex with you,” I will damn well respect that boundary. Anyone who chooses not to is a piece of shit.