I’m not easily offended. Hey, I’d hardly call myself Monkey and mock my own antics if I had a deep and enduring intellect… er I mean sense of self importance. I do realize that this has always been one of my drawbacks in literary society and I ought to buy a stock of carrots to place in that famous place, Slice, and take umbrage (the river crossing just around the corner from Slice) by force majeure and with elephants, and I could be the new Harlan. But alas, I lack ambition.
But I must admit to getting irritated enough by a poster last week to write a reply and sin-bin it. The writer told me that they were proud to be called a Social Justice Warrior.
This is a writing site (yes, we have readers who are curious as to what writers do and think. That’s great, and they’re welcome.) But it is essentially a constructive site. There are hundreds of posts about techniques, and discussions of how best to prosper in our industry, from promotion, to how to use keywords… We have a long, provable record of being very supportive of any writers that wish to get help. And there is really no hierarchy, and ‘it’s my pie, you can’t have any’. We’re also fairly well known for wishing those who think our ideas stupid the best of British luck and off you go and do your own thing. We don’t permit ad hominem attacks in our comments and I at least try and keep it PG 13 (which when you consider my background is an achievement.) Admittedly, as people who love books, support writers… we do get snarky in some posts with people and groups who are trashing a genre we love. But that’s here. We do not call for boycotts, or for individuals to hounded, persecuted and harassed. We regard organizing anonymous lynch mobs and pile-ons for the enforcement of our ‘group-think’ as utter anathema. Hell, you’d have FIND our group-think. Nor – as quite a few of those who run their careers off the coat-tails of ‘fashionable’ causes do — do we act as enablers for those.
Actually, if there is one feature about the MGC herd of cats that is common, it would be that we might dislike you, and disapprove of everything you believe in, but we’ll support your being able to publish your book. The market (if it is left to do so) will sort it out. Okay, so we’d like the market — AKA readers — to be allowed to do so. That, we are frequently told, is supremely evil.
You might say for our society – fellow writers, we seek as fair a go as possible, equality of opportunity (not of course outcome. Equal outcomes are neither fair nor just). And as completely outweighed and under-armed individuals against the vast publishing traditional establishment – the darlings who want you to know your place and believe in hierarchy – as long as they’re the top of it… we take on this hell with a fire-bucket. We’re regularly subjected to overt and closet harassment, and yes, there have been a few attempts to organize lynch mobs (which failed rather miserably) and regular sabotage of everything from distribution to reviews. Shrug. We fight on. If you were being strictly accurate about the meaning of words… we’re a lot closer to being brave warriors fighting for our society to be just…
Than this. Yes, they’re up in arms because they finally figured that one of their leading SJW (Nominated for Hugo? Much better than Larry, naturally. I mean he just taught hundreds of victims how to defend themselves. She abused victims and was thus adored by the SJW. Much more deserving./sarc off) was actually also attacking them. Now, the little graphs are pure GIGO, of course (I can explain, but trust me. Math-stats is something you can trust me on). We’ve had the same sock-puppet here. Winterfox IIRC. So, I suspect, have many others… but we, and anyone else not among the chosen ones, the darlings of the Traditional Establishment, are not going to rush off and tell the enablers and encouragers of this conduct that we don’t like it. We just deal with it and move on, because it happens to us all the time. It’d be like MZB’s daughter complaining to her mother that her father was molesting her.
‘Requires Hate’ is still the role model for SJW conduct. And there are still people in SJW circles making excuses and allowances… Her fault was not her destructive, vicious harassment and sock-puppet anonymous lynch mobbing of defenseless writers, or trying to enforce a grieviance hierarchy of entitlement. It was trying to manipulate her (and her camp-followers) own way up the hierarchy (hence the pie charts), because, hey, such vile behavior is perfectly justifiable if it serves the interests of those who top the ‘victim bingo’ hierarchy – even if the target of the abuse is the kindest, most generous and gentlest of folk (look at race fail, or the recent Uncle Timmy saga) who did nothing more than inadvertently make the slightest non-PC slip. That’s very desirable and praiseworthy SJW conduct, as long as they’re not receiving.
This little quote from Mixon’s post illustrates their modus operandi:
“For some of her targets, she has mounted whisper campaigns, reaching out through her network of followers—prominent among whom is Alex Dally MacFarlane—to con committees, reviewers, and even publishers, pressuring them not to publish or review books she does not approve of, asking them to disinvite or limit the participation of professionals at convention events such as panels and readings.”
And then there are the threats of mutilation, the abusive language. All safely anonymous, in secret, all in collusion, all in… a good cause? Destroying lives and careers according to their self-declared ‘righteousness’ –which, just per chance, was for their benefit.
Who could be proud to be one of those? The least of the Mad Genius crew – me — has still done far more that is constructive for writing, sf and indeed their fellow men in need, than any of them. They’ve broken and looted and parasitized…