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SFC Part 9: The strong female characters have had enough of your nonsense

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 9 of 9. VICTORY IS MINE!!!!!!!! ) Let’s see, where were we? I believe our essayist was insisting that his erotic preferences are, in fact, the obvious and objectively correct default for the entirety of the human race. It is obvious that men and women are different both in fine and in gross. Annnnnd we’re off to the races again, with Mr. Wright obsessing about all the ways in which women are different from men. (Also, “fine and gross“? That’s almost as bad as “fecund.”) Whew, it’s…

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SFC Part 8: Some is not half

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 8 of 9. Really? We’re not done yet? Good lord. ) When we left off, we were talking about feminism-as-cult. So why are the ladies in despair? Why do they commit suicide in record numbers? Is it because of me, John C Wright, internationally recognized science fiction author, failed attorney, retired newspaperman, savant and scholar with my fat belly and outrageous beard and nearsighted eyes, my glorious bald spot, my dull swordcane? Did I suppress you, my dear ladies? Are women actually committing suicide in record numbers?…

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SFC Part 7: Funny, I don’t remember joining a cult

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 7 of 9. I… I don’t know if I can make it after all… let me just lie here… and die… ) When we left off, our essayist was explaining the conspiracy to take over the country for the forces of political correctness, starting with science fiction, starting with an insistence on strong female characters, because… uh, I’ll let him explain it: The cult wants to put leftwing messages into stories to influence the minds of the reading public and make their leftwing worldview seem like the norm,…

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SFC Part 6: Invasion from the Planet of the Radical Feminists

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 6 of 9. I can taste victory!) When we left off, Mr. Wright was talking about how unrealistic he finds women in film who can kick your butt. He goes on: I have never seen a scene where a woman fighting a man gets scared and starts crying and gives up, Which is funny, because I feel like I have — so often that the scene in The Shining where Shelly Duvall gets scared, starts crying, and doesn’t give up, struck me as novel. even though, without the…

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SFC Part 5: Zombies of the patriarchy

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 5 of 9. We’re in the home stretch now!) Earlier in the essay, we were treated to the spectacle of our essayist pretending he didn’t understand the dictionary definition of sexism. So, he redefined it to something he personally finds absurd, then declared anyone who uses the word “sexism” as it is normally defined to be obviously, inescapably, indubitably a stupid dummy head. Here, we get the point — seemingly inevitable in any anti-feminist screed — where he doesn’t understand patriarchy: Now, a rebuttal to this counter argument is that the categories of masculine…

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SFCPart 4: A brief history of sexism in the 20th Century

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 4 of 9. We’re almost halfway there!) Back to our deconstruction of the essay, we briefly diverge into something that isn’t detailing exactly the ways in which our essayist believes that women are different from men. Instead, we talk about the history of sexism in the 20th century, and things get surprisingly less creepy and wrong! The modern women’s liberation movement got started in the same era when the sexual revolution was imposing on women a demeaning role from which she needed to be liberated This is…

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SFC Part 3: Verbosity and petticoats

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 3 of 9. See, we’re a third of the way through already!) So, here’s what we’ve got so far: Mr. Wright believes that “strong female character” is code for “masculine female character” and that this is a wrong and offensive thing because women are different from men. So different. Here, let me spend some more time telling you all the ways I think women are different from men, and my justification for why I think that is, and here are some more things about women that make them…

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SFC Part 2: A definition of sexism

(Saving the world from Strong Female Characters so you don’t have to, Part 2 of 9. Don’t panic!) When we left off, Mr. Wright was in the middle of detailing his idealized feminine qualities. Diving back in, we get to: The female spirit is [..] deep in understanding rather than adroit in deductive logic” Wait, what? Did he really just assert that the female spirit is not adroit in deductive logic? After claiming that the male spirit is “unerring in deduction”? Dude, you just claimed that men are better at thinking than women. On the basis of — well, nothing, really.…

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Strong female characters Part 1: Saving the world from strong female characters so you don’t have to

So, this year. There was this thing nominated for a Hugo. You might have heard of it — “Transhuman and Subhuman,” a collection of essays nominally on the subject of science fiction by John C. Wright. It was in the Hugo packet. One of the essays is the novel-length anti-feminist ramble: “Saving Science Fiction from Strong Female Characters” Glad somebody’s on that! Wouldn’t want those strong female characters all up in there, wrecking things. I ended up devoting a ridiculous amount of brainspace to this epic exercise in fractal wrongness. Even skimming madly, I kept seeing things that were so…

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Sasquan report and final 2015 Hugo thoughts

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Two weeks ago Paul & I went to Sasquan, the Spokane Worldcon.

Sasquan member bag

It was his first time on a Worldcon committee, although he did put together the program book for the Seattle NASFIC. At Sasquan he ran literary beers. A few months ago this seemed like a good idea (he likes writers; he likes beer) but in practice he found it ate up too much of his on-site convention time. We hardly managed to see any programming together, not even the Hugo Awards. I watched them from the second balcony of the theater, while he watched from the convention lounge area, “Guinan’s,” the location of the literary beers.

We did watch the masquerade together from Guinan’s. I rarely watch the Worldcon masquerade, but since I wandered into the lounge to find out if Paul was done for the evening about when the masquerade was supposed to start, it seemed like the thing to do. Overall, it was a pretty good show and the win for the Victorian Justice League group costume was well-deserved.

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Final thoughts on the 2015 Hugos: What was THAT all about?

Hugo voting is done. A record number of votes were cast. I wrote a few roundups of my thoughts on various nominees. And I have one remaining question: What was THAT all about? You know what I mean. That sad and rabid “puppies” thing with the Hugo slates. And I don’t mean the “what” of what they did — that’s obvious. They noticed a loophole in the Hugo nominating process which allowed a relatively small number of people voting in tandem to basically lock up the ballot. So they did that, locked up the ballot with their own choices. BUT…

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Hugos 2015: Final roundup

We interrupt our regularly scheduled 2015 Clarion West Write-a-thon series to bring you the final Hugo roundup. Sponsor me, sponsor another writer, or learn more about the Write-a-thon With the deadline closing in at midnight on Friday July 31, I had three novels left so I decided to race them. The first to drop out was the Jim Butcher. I like urban fantasy, but have never really warmed up to the Dresden Files books, and this was no exception. The next to go was Ancillary Sword. I couldn’t really warm up to it, either, but the interesting SF ideas made…

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Hugos 2015 roundup: Part 3

We interrupt our regularly scheduled 2015 Clarion West Write-a-thon series to bring you another Hugo roundup. Sponsor me, sponsor another writer, or learn more about the Write-a-thon Some more Hugo reads in no particular order: Title: Reduce Reuse Reanimate Author: Carter Reid Category: Graphic story Slated: Sad and Rabid Premise: Zombies Where it grabbed me: Zombies Where it lost me: The art isn’t distinctive or expressive. Also, I didn’t notice any actual… you know, characters. Or stories. In fact, the content seems astonishingly low-narrative for something nominated as a “graphic story.” I saw a lot of drawings of celebrities as…

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