Feminist Sci-fi fans get Locus April Fool’s piece taken down
Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm Blog: WisCon’s Feminist Failfandom Brigade Gets My Locus April Fool’s Piece Taken Down
For those tuning in for the first time, this was a direct jab (in humorous form) at WisCon’s previous decision to yank their Guest-of-Honor invitation to Elizabeth Moon for daring to voice (in the mildest possible form) politically incorrect thoughts about certain aspects of modern Islam.
How radical Islam became so sacred to radical feminists is a topic for another time, and I have hamburgers to cook. But it’s sad to think how a tiny, unimportant, radical fringe of disgruntled feminists (so aptly dubbed “Failfandom” by Steven Francis Murphy) have not only come to believe that their right not to be offended trumps the free speech of others, but that other people in the SF community have come to cave into their petulant demands. (Whatever happened to “The solution to free speech is more free speech?” It seems that fewer and fewer people on the left side of the political aisle believe that any more.)
I once considered myself a progressive in part because I thought of liberals/progressives as the tireless defenders of free speech. This is just another example of how ass-backwards I had things. In retrospect the basis for that assumption was that liberals/progressives said it was true, therefore it must be so.