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Remember this fucking guy? He has done a public flounce from SFWA now. It’s delightfully pompous as flounces go, and I highly recommend it if you need a dose of evil glee to round out your Monday. (Though I am forced to wonder why someone who seems so enamored of strict gender roles has decided to emulate a stereotypical teenaged girl, albeit one armed with a thesaurus and a King James Bible.) No idea why the flounce occurred today of all days, as SFWA has been nicely quiet for some time.

My best guess is

  1. Mr. Wright is jealous that the other super misogynistic embarrassment to science fiction (you know, Theodore Beale) is getting all the attention and desperately wants the cute girl whose parents gave her a mustang for Christmas the internet to pay attention to him and validate his outrage.
  2. Mr. Wright’s membership is up and he decided to not renew in the most flamboyant way he could find without shelling out the money for a sky writer.
  3. A confluence of luck that made both happen at the same time?

(Dear people who keep trying to blame the syphilitic outbreak on the Hugos on SFWA, get it straight. We give out the Nebulas. Address your complaints to WSFS, and then buy a supporting membership in Loncon 3 so you can vote. Because that’s how the Hugos work. SFWA has nothing to do with it. And I hope Mr. Wright knows that considering he was until today a member of the organization.)

There isn’t really that much to say other than the evil belly laugh for which hairy-legged feminists like myself are renowned, the sound of which causes agony to all good god-fearing men. Well, other than to point out a couple things in his florid love letter to his own ego that he really should be ashamed of typing. You know. If shame is a thing he does.

Instead of enhancing the prestige of the genre, the leadership seems bent on holding us up to the jeers of all fair-minded men by behaving as gossips, whiners, and petty totalitarians, and by supporting a political agenda irrelevant to science fiction.

Sorry dude, if you have a problem with gossips and whiners, you really shouldn’t have typed out that entire letter there and posted it on the internet.

Instead of men who treat each other with professionalism and respect, I find a mob of perpetually outraged gray-haired juveniles.

I really wish you guys would get your internet persecution complexes straight. I thought we were The Young. (DAH DAH DAAAAAAAAAH!) Now we’re gray-haired juveniles? Did we have a terribly dye job accident? Also, the fact that Wright again and again talks about men and completely ignores the fact that there are people of all genders in the org makes me INCREDIBLY glad the door isn’t hitting him on the ass on the way out.

But all of this is honestly just mockery on my part, and really has no meaning beyond me just being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk. Mr. Wright can be upset that women are allowed to speak in public or whatever has his ass in a twist and it really does not matter in the long run. Except for this one right here, and this is where I draw the line:

Instead of receiving aid to my writing career, I find organized attempts to harass my readers and hurt my sales figures.

Does he provide any evidence for this? No. And I will flatly state as a member of SFWA who frequents the message boards, I have not heard word one of even a breath of an idea that could even begin to approach the hint of the shadow of  anything of this nature. Mr. Wright further states in an addendum to the letter that he will not be providing any evidence because he’s totally a professional, and professionals don’t kiss and tell provide evidence for their accusations.

This is bullshit. And is also commonly magical internet speak for “uh oh I don’t actually have any evidence oh shit just pretend to be taking the high road and hope no one notices!” And the more I think about it, the more it just flat fucking pisses me off. It’s all fun and casual taunting games until someone makes an accusation that can actually be supported with evidence.

If this is an actual real thing that has happened, it needs to be stopped. Because going after someone’s readers and harassment is never okay, whether you like the person involved or not. But considering the nature of the rest of the letter, unless he has evidence of this organized harassment of his readers with the intention of hurting his sales figures, Mr. Wright would be far worse than a man in love with his own persecution complex. He would be a liar. The rest of his complaints are the standard differences of opinion, and they are what they are, agree or not. This one is an actual accusation, and as such should be backed up with actual facts if he wants to have any hope of credibility.

Or as we say on the internet: Deets or GTFO.

ETA 4/29: Apparently SFWA requested evidence as well and Mr. Wright was too much of a “gentleman” to provide it.

And Steven Gould, president of SFWA, had a few things to say about these accusations, which includes both his personal opinions and notes on SFWA policy.

And the flounce continues!

Originally published at Rachael Acks: Sound and Nerdery. You can comment here or there.

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kinfae
Apr. 29th, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
There are some organized attempts to shame readers who don't boycott him and the Vox Day crowd, but real only the ones who are active on the blogs. There's also be some authors responding to other people's fans on Twitter, which may be what he's talking about.
katsudon
Apr. 29th, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
That's good to know, thank you for telling me.

SFWA generally doesn't police what people do or say on social media; there has been massive pushback by members against the very idea every time anything approaching that has been suggested and I tend to agree. From what I've seen, SFWA moderates its own spaces and doesn't take well to people claiming to speak for it, but basically stays hands off about anything else. Writers saying mean things about each other writers is a time honored tradition.

(Since you mention Beale, I'll clarify. My understanding is that people had been complaining about harassment and abuse from him for quite some time, and SFWA didn't stir itself until he decided to use the official twitter account to push a racist screed. Not something the organization wants to be associated with, I imagine. But basically, it seems to have to get amazingly bad to push any kind of official action because most members feel very strongly about their right to express their opinions.)

If people are being assholes on twitter, that sucks. And there sure has been a lot of vociferous arguing on the Hugos thing from a lot of different angles. Then again, I'm happily being an asshole about Wright, though I make no claims at all about his salable writing. But it would be a major stretch to lay, say, my mockery of him in this or my previous post at the feet of SFWA. And it's a similarly major stretch to try to blame people being jerks on Twitter on SFWA unless they're using the organization's resources to do so. The organization has very much refused to moderate its members outside its own spaces until it reaches Theodore Beale levels.
kinfae
Apr. 29th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not saying he's right to blame SFWA for it, because these are writers doing shit in their own personal spheres, but I'm saying he's not making up the things that he is reading as SFWA harassment, he's just conflating the writers with the association. Yes, some of those writers happen to be prominent, but that doesn't mean it's official that SWFA is saying if you don't shun these authors that you're going to hell.

Essentially, he's taking real shitty behavior and magnifying the slings and arrows to persecution proportions.
katsudon
Apr. 29th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Gotcha. Again, thank you for telling me. <3
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