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TW: Misogyny, Rape.

So.  Early last week, I recieved a link out of a Slacktivist thread leading to the blog of one John C. Wright, apparently a Sci-Fi author.  It led to an interesting bit about the nature of reality, knowledge, and the scale of the universe.  It wasn't long, however, before I realized I was dealing with Republican territory, as the subsequent post was about... how horrible non-Christians are.  Also, Obama taking over schools, or something.  He was complaining about conservatives taking the defensive (somehow), so I said that, well, they're called conservatives because they defend/conserve the status quo.

This prompted him to write a massive post about how Progressivism is actually a form of totalitarianism, which is COMMUNAZISM, and, well... it was a thing.  Pretty inane, but yet, I felt obligated to respond.

Then I read the next post.  I... I can't go back.

I can only take so much evil.

It went on about how women in fantasy fiction are historically inaccurate.  Okay, so far, so ordinary.  And yet he managed to sprinkle it with such subtly eloquent misogyny that it was... like a perfect cocktail of wrong.  Leaving aside the fact that he seems to operate under Parthenogenesis universe conditions (which may have something to do with the whole 'birth control is evil' thing), he then decides that the reason modern fantasy fiction has female characters (that do something) is because the public school system indoctrinates children to be ahistorical.  Fantasy fiction, you see, can't be good unless it's based on real history, so that means no female warriors.  It's okay, though, because females can still be love interests and damsels in distress!  After all, Guinevere toppled a kingdom with a bat of her eyelashes...

Bonus: Ooh, ooh, guess what his example of female bravery was?  Being raped.  I wish I was kidding.

Yeah.  I won't be messing with this drek.

Date: 2012-12-17 12:39 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] smurasaki
smurasaki: blond person looking shocked (ack)
I'd use my angry icon, but that's just such an epic clusterfuck of whut, that I'm more stunned than anything.

How would one even respond to this guy's points of view? I mean, I guess I've got to give him some world building credit - he's certainly built his own. And moved in. And welded the door back to this world shut.

I'd almost think he was a poe, or trolling, himself. Except he's clearly not. He really is that much of a raving asshat. Holy fuck. The sexism, racism, and just general unpleasantness are staggering.

(Also, I really hate to break it to him, but there _have been_ women warriors in history. Not that his oh so manly epeen could cope with that.)

Date: 2012-12-17 05:08 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] smurasaki
smurasaki: blond person (neutral)
I don't know what people are supposed to do for Advent, but if it means he practices not being a complete asshole for a bit, I'm all for his giving up complaining. Except I don't really think he'll stop complaining or being an asshole, but perhaps I'm being unfair.

Aside from remembering to not buy his books (not only do I suspect that they've got the same vile attitudes he does but it's hard to want to give someone like that money), I think he's best forgotten.

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