Abstraction

Feb. 4th, 2009 08:22 am
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http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010999.html

What? Oh, that? No of course I'm not talking about that. It's just totally abstract.

Date: 2009-02-04 07:22 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I'll feel any loss personally. It's not like I'm not used to having rather tarnished "heroes" in the SF world or for that matter the blogging or feminist worlds. I feel worse for the loss of the people who are writers and editors who looked up to the Nielsen Haydens because they not only have the personal disappointment, they have to worry about professional repercussions and yet are speaking their minds anyway. That's not a comfortable position to be in. I have nothing to lose in this game personally.

In that one thread on Making Light that I linked to, I had to deal with reading Tom Whitmore's pompous comments and felt sick to my stomach. Bad enough I'm gonna have to deal with that drunk, groping, creepy dude at Potlatch. Talk about "safe space". I think of what David Levine said about having to "feel a twinge" as he worries about whether he might have offended anyone, and pretty much go ballistic as I consider how much armor I have to wear just to tolerate being around that crowd at conventions, to be with my actual friends and allies. Yes... yes I want people like that to "feel a twinge" and think before they open their damn mouths, and when they screw up, apologize and quit doing it.

I realize I'm losing my temper a bit here but that thread.... my god how smug. The rest of it is building up too. The anti-elitist hordes? Sockpuppets? Maoism? What? And the whole "malevolent cunt" thing, also? That was both messed up and hilarious to watch people falling all over themselves to explain it away.

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