SkywardProdigal, whose work deeply impacted anti-racist fandom, died last week.
This is no longer about Elizabeth Moon. She’s just the trigger. Even if she recants and apologizes at this point, or resigns as Guest of Honor, the damage has been done. What this incident has exposed is a serious, and possibly fatal, flaw in WisCon itself. The decision to keep a bigot as Guest of Honor — and the decision to delay or avoid reconsidering that decision — means that WisCon isn’t actually committed to the principles of intersectionality, social justice for all, equality, or respect, which are all ostensibly part and parcel of the modern feminist movement. They talk a good game, in other words, but when the chips are down, they’re not willing to put their money, or actions, where their mouths are.
In conclusion: WisConComm: You are fucking it up. Seriously? WE ARE NOT FRIENDS. :-/ TboneJenkins, though? <3 We’re friends and if I go to WisCon I share with you some cookies. Timmi Duchamp from Aqueduct Press also breaks it down here, highlighting that this issue mirrors ongoing conversations in the US, where the right is able to determine the scope of the conversation, and cut out the moderate and far left. SF3 has withdrawn Moon’s invitation, but goddamn I still got a lot of feelings. So does NK Jemisin — she’s got a clear outline for why this disinvitation is not enough.
Echo, the elephant who kicked ass and took names in order to rescue her baby, died last week at the age of 65.
Meet Princess Boy, a five year old who loves to dress up. Also, meet his AWESOME family.
Muslim cleric says rape is impossible in a marriage. I’m a little troubled by the way the reporting of this has been handled in terms of comments and stuff, because this isn’t a Muslim/ free world issue. I mean, after all, rape in a marriage has been only been a prosecuteable offense in Germany for the last 13 years.
Krystal Bell talks about how politics is a game of slut-shaming when you are a woman running for office. WIN.
Found this article about a man who was jailed for three years for raping his housemate when he was drunk. The judge said he had shown remorse and demonstrated that ‘a person of otherwise good character can resort to crimes under the influence of alcohol’. I’d love to see this as the start of a cultural belief that that drugs, while sometimes a mitigating circumstance, are not a free pass. First one is from Yahoo, second is from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Earlier this week, we celebrated the 81st anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to consider women persons.
The Doll Rag talks about sexual slavery.
BTW 9/11 = abortions! YOU READ IT HERE FIRST.
DADT is definitely on the way out — military recruiters will now be encouraging gay youth to enlist.
…Slut-shaming much? Ginny Thomas asks Anita Hill to apologize for accusing her husband of sexual harassment. Maybe Ginny’s trying to distract people from her “grass roots” activism.
REALLY, PETA? “Breasts, Not Animal Tests.”
From The Other Patrick:
Zinnia Jones is awesome anyway, but her public service announcement “spoof” makes it clear how simple the rules actually are – just don’t grope people unless you asked and they’re okay with it.
BLAST FROM THE PAST! Jezebel talks about the MIT Fuck List from the 70s. Heh. I guess the publicly available fuck lists about female students are less controversial, and easier to see as just plain wrong — I don’t see people working to dig up the one from Amherst back in the mid-2000s, or the one from UMass. I imagine it’d be harder to recover them because they were on the Daily Jolt, which doesn’t even exist anymore. Then again… women often receive harsher punishments for less serious crimes so who knows — even if it was accessible it might be more business as usual.
Here’s some extra reading: top 10 underrated SF stories from BEFORE 1864.
HS Cheerleader FORCED to cheer for her rapist.
Black women’s wombs: THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE WORLD.