March 11, 2014

Reaction to "The Problem of Engagement --by Toni Weisskopf

That a respected editor of a major imprint is driven to write this...I don't know.

I don't know where things have gone wrong. Is this an acrimony large enough to destroy fandom?

I *do* want us to get along. I want voices respected. I want people respected.

I do NOT want conventions where women are harassed, and the behavior is dismissed as "That's the way Pikul always is. He's harmless.". Not harmless to those he harasses.

I do NOT want authors hijacking the SFWA thread to promote posts that call an entire race "subhuman". Racism and sexism have no place in my book.

I do NOT want witch hunts on either side.

And yet, sides are drawn. I get banned from commenting at a blog because my beliefs are divergent. Armed camps and bristling anger.

I want to read, and talk to authors, and enjoy genre. That's what I want.

Posted by Jvstin at March 11, 2014 11:20 AM