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Not everyone on the internet agrees with each other. Not everyone is kind or nice or decent. Some people are controversial, for good or for bad. It's part of how we are as a species -- we argue, we confront, we question. Some people are painful to know, to read. Some people speak frightening truths.
Some people are just disgusting -- racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic -- the list goes on. Usually, when I see such people in action, I back button, refuse to give a platform to their prejudices.
Not today.
Today, writer and blogger Vox Day, aka Theodore Beale, has called a fellow writer -- a gifted, intelligent, brilliant woman writer of colour -- inferior and uncivilised on the grounds of her skin colour.
This man stood as President of sfwa and failed -- but some people voted for him.
This is not acceptable . Not in any way acceptable. I cannot read his words and stay silent. No, Mr Day, you do not get to say that and be allowed to pass in silence. You don't get to pull your 'freedom of speech' card on me. Freedom of speech cuts both ways, applies to all parties. You've had your say.
Here's mine.
It's you that's uncivilised. You are a racist, sexist bigot and I am ashamed to be in an organisation which contains you. I intend to write to sfwa petitioning them to withdraw your membership. In the country I come from, what you posted is hate speech. You are of course free to dismiss me as a feminazi, to deride my opinion on the grounds of my nationality (I'm British), to claim I have no right to any opinion, to post insults about my writing, appearance and career. I don't care. I've had enough of you and the culture of prejudice, privilege and institutionalised abuse that you represent.
And you don't get to silence me.

I'm not linking to his blog. I'm not interested in increasing traffic for him. Readers can find it if they wish.

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were_gopher
Jun. 13th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
HERE HERE!!!
mevennen
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
He's a very weird bloke. He's also prone to posting links to the Daily Mail to prove his points, which as we all know, has the drop on crazed hordes of Moslems over-running this country.

Profoundly intellectually dishonest. His 'sigma male' definition sounds like the common-or-garden sociopath so I suspect that one's answer is right there.

I'm not up for withdrawing his membership, as it supports his view that women writers (who, as we all know, rule the entire universe with an iron oven glove*) are Out To Get Him, but in the UK, this would be hate speech and he almost certainly would be booted out for it. I'm not sure where US law stands on this.

*BTW next Wimmins' Illuminati Cabal is on Monday, my place. Bring cake.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know what the US law is on that, either. And I don't care if he thinks the wimminz are after him: this one *is*, and what he wrote is disgusting.
Cake and wine :-)
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woolymonkey
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of him and I'm not about to google for enlightenment. He sounds like a total dickhead.
suricattus
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Beyond dickhead...he's a classic case of failure being blamed on Others, with bile stirred into the mix.

Hateful is the least of what can be said about him.

Previous to this I would have been hesitant to call for a revocation of membership, because that's a tool that can be abused, but attempting to use SFWA's forum to launch a hate-screed against a fellow member should certainly call for censure/banning.
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steepholm
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
I just read his blog, and - yeah, wow. I'd have thought the racism there was enough to get him booted out, even omitting the misogyny.
sartorias
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ugh. This is upsetting.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
It's deeply upsetting.
cmcmck
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
The UK may have it's problems with equality as I have more reason than some to know, but glad I am that we do not accept such Nazis and their hatespeech and sadly, there are more than enough of them about.

Well done you!
dancinghorse
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
Good god. I knew better than to google that--that--

Good god.

I need to shower from the inside out.
mevennen
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
He's long been known as one of SF's fringe nutters. I did have a crack at him a while back. Weirdly, although the content is frequently appalling, his writing style on his blog is much better than in his fiction, which is like someone parodying a bad romance novel.
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hano
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh. Him. Most of the time I tune him out cos he's fucking insane. But yeah, I'll pop over there and call him out on this.
daveon
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
He's got a real bee in his bonnet about how more people read his blog than other people which I would really really REALLY like to see evidence of.

I've seen a lot of claims from various quarters about blogging that X has Y people reading them therefore they have more influence than 'insert random person'... which I'm dubious of because web stats are a bit of a nightmare to track accurately, and secondary checks (like does other person get picked up by a range of media etc...) suggest that he's talking shit.
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daveon
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh you made me go and look again....

Need to wash my brain in bleach.
dancinghorse
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Passing the brain bleach.
purplecthulhu
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
Gods - Worthy of the National Front.

I wonder if this was the guy at ChiCon who was calling for the extermination of 90% of the human race as useless.

I'm going to have to stop ignoring vile shitheads when I'm on panels if this is what comes of not calling them out.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know about Chicon, but yes, this is straight out of the NF/BNP/EDL songsheet.
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mevennen
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, he'd probably say you are lying because of the Feminazi Commie Agenda. The paranoia level in the comments threads is tin-hat high.
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xenaclone
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
AMEN!

He might like to recall that every last one of us is descended from dark skinned Africans.
aberwyn
Jun. 13th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
He denies this with his blather about "genetic science" and "closely related species."

Foil-hat wearers are rarely up on modern science. His goes back to Herbert Spencer, I suppose.
vaughan_stanger
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
It's 2013 and we still have shitheads like this to contend with? This is not the future I expected. And it's not the present all sane folk deserve.

I, too, won't generate traffic by visiting this idiot's blog. But if I ever find myself in the same room as him, he'll get a piece of my mind. He'll need more than a tin-foil hat to protect his ignorance.
queenoftheskies
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
OMG, how atrocious!

Thank you for writing this! ::applause::
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