I’ve known about the misogyny rampant in the realm of writing for quite some time as most of us likely have, after all, that is one reason some authors (Ahem! No pointing fingers!) choose pseudonyms that are gender neutral. Still, I was a bit surprised today when I found this gem in the comments of a blogpost by Joel Cunningham on the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog.
“Before you can have best science fiction, you have to have good science fiction, which we don’t. The death of Arthur C. Clark put an end to good science fiction. It’s cute women continue to try to write science fiction but their attempts is like a dog dancing on its hind legs: its not a matter that they do it well. The wonder is that they do it at all.”
Well, clearly our friend Chuck is not a writer because if he is I certainly hope he pays his editor well. He pretty much kills the attempt at cleverness with his lack of subject verb agreement and his flagrant disrespect of punctuation.
I must say I’ve read this a few times to try and discern meaning but really it’s just an attempt to cleverly convey that women can’t write science fiction, and therefore, shouldn’t try. It would be interesting to hear a discussion of the differences between varying sci-fi authors that may or may not be affected by gender or sex.
It would also be worthwhile to discuss the merits of hard sci-fi versus soft sci-fi but instead the author of this comment appears to be throwing a temper tantrum of sorts, “Women are ruining my sci-fi!”
While I could respect some intelligent discourse on why Chuck doesn’t like female sci-fi authors, I cannot respect the view that if one personally dislikes something it has no value or that women need to stay out of certain fields or genres. It is 2016, right?! Or is it 1916? I have been wondering lately…
I can’t be certain what possessed Chuck to comment in such a way but my working theory is that it was because one of the novels listed contains the word “Feminist” in the title. Or could Chuck’s outrage stem from the number of female writers featured in the article. On first glance-I can’t tell definitively by just names- the list appears to have six female authors out of the fifteen featured. Is six too many? Hmmm…how many female authors does it take to enrage misogynists enough to elicit such a comment?
Unfortunately, where there are feminists one will also find terrified misogynists fighting back as if equality was a turf war, or in this case, a tussle over the largest half of the covers, where not only do you bite your lover’s fingers to get them to let go, but to win you must kick your bed-fellow onto the cold, hard, floor boards for the night.
If you were the cause of this particular misogynistic temper-tantrum, then I salute you Kameron Hurley!! I was already going to read The Geek Feminist, but now I’ll be reading it with pride, along with your whole blog!
“The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley
Kameron Hurley won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work in 2014 for her incendiary post “We Have Always Fought,” a furious analysis and indictment of the way women have been ill-treated by fantasy tropes. This collection, her first, presents that essential commentary of work alongside a host of essays examining women and geek culture, most of which were first published on her blog, through nine new pieces are exclusive to the book. It’s a challenging, incendiary assembly, covering her tumultuous career as an author and presen
ting a scathing look at the culture wars ongoing within the geek world. It may change the way you look at sci-fi, fantasy, and fandom forever.”
So, what do you think my reader friends, should women stay out of Sci-Fi and other “male-dominated” genres? Or do you agree with Jason P Crawford who stated, “There are very few things (most)women can’t do. Pretty much just some things having to do with semen, like making it. That’s pretty much it.”