When you’re going to rant about how sci-fi is being invaded by women and minorities, make sure you’re not doing it on a public forum..Predictably, a new Tumblr is posting excerpts from the circle-jerk, presumably as a way of highlighting just how real the problems with sexism and discrimination in speculative publishing really are. And spoiler alert: it’s not pretty. Among the participants who are displeased at the recent influx of diversity in their community is award-winning author Raymond Feist, who eyerolled at “fugheads determined to use the organization to further their own agenda.”
Another participant, Sean P. Fodera, ranted about writer Mary Robinette Kowal, painting her feminism as hypocrisy. Why? Because she sometimes takes full-body photographs and wears dresses with low necklines, apparently:
“It just occurred to me that MRK seems to be deeply involved in this whole anti-sexism matter. I remember seeing her posing with Hines and Scalzi on one of their very scary cover parodies, and I know she chimed in with a snipe at the petition signers on the Radish thread. I find it very funny and ironic that she would jump on this bandwagon. For a long time, her website featured an array of photos of her in a diaphanous white outfit, posing on a beach. No metal bikinis or such, but they were not innocuous writer headshots either. One of them, with her recumbent on the sand with legs exposed, made her somewhat attractive. I also recall she’s fond of wearing tight-fitting gowns and plunging necklines when she attends cons and award ceremonies. I’ll have to add “phony” to “incompetent” and “arrogant” in the mental tags I’ve assigned her.”
I can’t believe this guy still has a goddamn job. Holy crap.
BUT REMEMBER, SEXISM IS OVER.
I first read that guy’s name as Sean P. Fedora. It would be more appropriate.Now can we talk about how geek interests claim to be much more welcoming and openminded and supportive of underdogs and outsiders and blah blah blah?
Because that is 100% pure bullshit.
Witness this above phenomena repeating endlessly in sci-fi, fantasy, video games, comics, etc etc etc. “Omg they’re invading our turf and ruining everything” Exhibit fucking A.
I feel like easily a third of my entire article output has been about sexism/marginalization of minorities in geek and tech spaces. I’ve been trying to come up with a canonical tag lately that I can consolidate these kinds of articles under, but there’s just SO MUCH, and “geek culture fail” probably wouldn’t fly well with my editors. So far I’ve used things like “sexism in gaming,” “sexism in comics, “sexism in geek culture,” but really there is such a vast and broad spectrum of things that should go under the umbrella of “geeks and techies being dicks to women and minorities just for showing up” that it gets very overwhelming very fast. And then I crawl under a rock.