Grading my first assignment for the first-year Comp course I’m teaching, a simple diagnostic essay on selfies.
Interesting pattern. So far, every woman of color in class has defended selfies as an act of self-affirmation and revolution in the face of a media culture in which they are not represented and every white woman in class has condemned selfies as vain, shallow, “pathetic”, and a cry for male attention.
Ain’t that some shit?
Queerbaiting hurts because it’s just authors fucking mocking you for daring to hope that queer subtext might lead to explicit canon queer characters but “nope no representation for you you silly queers it might make cishet people uncomfortable and we value them more”
Everyone should sign this. I support this petition! (WFA stands for World Fantasy Awards)
Octavia Butler contributed a rich, nuanced, complex body of work during her lifetime. Her novels, essays and short stories changed the entire genre of speculative fiction by complicating our notions of power, race and gender. Her characters were vivid and deeply human and her prose was sharp. She wrote masterfully across the imaginative genres, from science fiction to historical fantasy to horror.
While HP Lovecraft, whose head the current award is modeled after, did leave a lasting mark on speculative fiction, he was also an avowed racist and a terrible wordsmith. Many writers have spoken out about their discomfort with winning an award that lauds someone with such hideous opinions, most notably Nnedi Okorafor. It’s time to stop co-signing his bigotry and move sci-fi/fantasy out of the past.
I cannot stress enough what an utter pile of fucking garbage Lovecraft was. His views were NOT “the way things were back then”, and were considered extreme and distasteful even in the FUCKING TWENTIES. The source of everything he ever wrote was a desperate, deep-seated fear and hatred of racial mixing and the fall of white supremacy, and he literally wrote a fucking poem called “On the Creation of Niggers”.
H.P. Lovecraft is an actual trash heap and should never be respected by anyone ever at all
fuck H.P. Lovecraft