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May 30, 2022

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Martin D

hearing her say some students — the majority of which are 11-13 years old — could be considered “sex workers.”

These people aren't just wrong, they're insane.

David

These people aren’t just wrong, they’re insane.

As we’ve seen, more than once, libraries are now a nest of choice for super-woke bedlamites.

Hopp Singg

Because they're valid, y'all.

Just like guillotine operators.

Please, no shaming. Let's let this play out.

sH2

OK groomer.

NJH

A sigh for the days of innocence, when kids played hospitals.

David

Lest you imagine the above must be an error or some one-off aberration:

Despite discussing sex work and other adult topics… the book is currently in the libraries of a number of schools in Virginia, including middle schools. In Loudoun County, the book is available at Mercer Middle School, Sterling Middle School and Stone Hill Middle School. It is also available at Dorothy Hamm Middle School in Arlington County.

Presumably, these other middle-school librarians didn’t find anything inapt about 11-year-olds learning about the glories of prostitution and its general awesomeness. Because “high-end escorts” can “pull in half a million dollars a year.” Though it seems to me that an 11-year-old “sex worker” would be an abused child, a child being trafficked. Not an ideal aspiration for the pre-pubescent. But maybe that’s just me and my uptight stuffiness.

Burnsie

From "Treat prostitutes with compassion!" to "Sex work is legitimate!" to "Guess what, kids! Our special guest for 'Career Day' is..."--all in what, 10 years? Maybe 20?

They're not just defining deviancy downward, they're eliminating deviancy from the dictionary altogether. No child should ever think "I want to be a whore when I grow up." Yet those in the progressive vanguard are opening that door and waving them through.

Daniel Ream

By the Pope, would you look at the time.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...that whoring is, like, totally valid and empowering...

So judgmental, that empowering heroin isn't going to pay for itself, you know.

Em

that whoring is, like, totally valid and empowering...

Every parent's dream...

Burnsie

More on progressive deviancy (via CitizenFreePress)--

This Substack blogger has done the work that the corporate media assiduously avoids--documenting "98 examples of trans-identified males who have raped, assaulted, abused and/or murdered women and/or children. The thing that never happens…"

https://grahamlinehan.substack.com/p/this-never-happens?s=r

Scroll down through the full-sized mugshots and remember: progressives insist that these are women, and demand that we give them full, unfettered access to women's bathrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, dormitories, shelters, and jails. It's absolutely malevolent.

David

So judgmental, that empowering heroin isn’t going to pay for itself, you know.

An irony being that the overwhelming majority of the violence experienced by transgender people occurs during arguments with intimate partners, and interactions with drug dealers, and during the aforementioned “sex work.” Much of that, presumably, a result of deceiving punters as to what, exactly, is on sale.

[ Added: ]

This is not a trivial detail. And the mouthings of many trans activists seem designed to make the risk of violence worse. As when the activist Riley Dennis, an Everyday Feminism contributor, told us that not wishing to have sex with him must be due to seething bigotry. Mr Dennis believes, or claims to believe, that the particulars of what’s inside his underwear will be a delightful surprise for any unwitting straight man who succumbs.

Which reminded me of an episode of the reality series Cops, in which some horny and heavily inebriated youth was about to hook up with a prostitute who wasn’t quite what ‘she’ seemed. It wasn’t at all clear that the youth knew what was going on and that in fact he was about to venture into a motel room with what, to a more sober eye, appeared to be a strapping chap in a trampy frock. Nor was it clear what would have happened if the surprise hadn’t been to his taste.

But hey, eleven-year-olds gotta have role models!

pst314

You know, I don’t recall my middle school’s library being quite this edgy

Loudoun County, Virginia is a very wealthy suburb of Washington DC. metro area. Wealthy because of lucrative government jobs.

Apparently, eleven-year-olds need to know how to whore themselves - and to know that whoring is, like, totally valid and empowering

"Hey kids: Grades not good enough for entry into the nomenklatura? Become a prostitute who services the nomenklatura."

pst314

hearing her say some students — the majority of which are 11-13 years old — could be considered “sex workers.”

Following the link:

“She started talking about how there’s kids who come to the library who do sex work, and this makes them feel validated,” the teacher told police. “As a teacher, if you get an individual student coming to you because you’re abused, you have to go the police immediately.” The teacher said Guido did not name specific students, except one who had passed through the school about six years ago.

If she sincerely cared about those kids she would have done differently. (But should we even believe her story?)

Princess Cutekitten

Lots of crazy eyes in those pictures.

And whiskers. Lots of whiskers.

Alex

Grades not good enough for entry into the nomenklatura? Become a prostitute who services the nomenklatura

Hey, it works. It can get a person a heartbeat away from the presidency.

ccscientist

Trans prostitutes: as David said, a man who goes to hookup with a trans female and maybe gets a blowie, and then finds out this person is male, will lose their shit and beat the prostitute or worse. But I have seen it argued that this simply never happens.
And why might it be that trans are much more likely than average to become hookers? Also a fact denied.
So much denial going flowing out there it feels like Egypt.

On the books discussing sex work: even if sex work was legal, it is still not the case that 11 yr olds need to read about it. They are so busy making sure the losers never feel bad about being losers that they are destroying children. At the same time they try to block the publishing of books for children about heroes.

semi retired conservative

"""...made the statement while defending a library book which said sex work is just like any other job, comparable to ... a journalist. """"

I mean.. a kernel of truth at the very least...

Y. Knott

Ping!

- Been awhile...

David

a man who goes to hookup with a trans female… and then finds out this person is male, will lose their shit and beat the prostitute or worse. But I have seen it argued that this simply never happens.

Judging by the Cops episode mentioned above - and which I now can’t find - it’s a common occurrence. The officer was clearly trying to spare the blotto youth from a volatile situation that he’d seen more than once. My impression was that the youth had no idea what kind of experience he was in for.

David

Ping!

Bless you, sir. May no-one mess with your settings.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...will lose their shit and beat the prostitute or worse. But I have seen it argued that this simply never happens...

Meanwhile, also in Virginia...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Also, open thread.

OK, but in the same general vein of people who haven't got their minds right, I'm sorry, but that has to hurt.

pst314

OK, but in the same general vein of people who haven't got their minds right, I'm sorry, but that has to hurt.

Perhaps somebody should introduce her to the spy who identifies as an airliner.

Killer Marmot

When people bring up the issue of inappropriate books in schools, they're often accused of censorship and book burning and the like.

But this is nonsense. There isn't anyone who doesn't think there should be standards for school library books. Mein Kampf is fine for a university library, but has no place in junior high school. The only issue is what those standards should be.

asiaseen

she's in a relationship with a PLANE

That is one hell of a dildo. Size obviously matters to her.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Not sure what it is with libraries and this trans nonsense, but good news with this one, though Melissa Kay has a sad.

ccscientist

Loving airplanes used to be a hobby...not a "relationship". Do people even know what words mean anymore?
Censorship: hahaha restricting sexually explicit books in lower grades is censorship but preventing patriotic books from being published is not? Got it.

David

but good news with this one, though Melissa Kay has a sad.

We live at a time when it’s apparently necessary to point out that maybe drag queens aren’t ideal role-models or aspirational figures for small children. At a time when a remarkable number of said drag queens, the ones seeking contact with children, turn out to be registered sex offenders.

Likewise, one has to point out that maybe whoring isn’t as glamorous and fulfilling, for children, as some would have them believe. Because that’s where we are, it seems.

Modernity, what a lark.

Lancastrian Oik

They are so busy making sure the losers never feel bad about being losers that they are destroying children.

That.

Meanwhile, here is Ian Leslie's non-exhaustive list of the various manifestations of human stupidity.

Princess Cutekitten

The train 🚂 lady looks perfectly normal.

Actually, I always suspect these really nutty stories are practical jokes. “Sarah cooks dinner for her plane.” Okay, that’s sort of funny, but at the same time, I can’t help but think, “You fooled a reporter. Big deal. Reporters will believe anything that’s not Christian.”

Now, if a practical joker fooled David Thompson, that would impress me.

David

Now, if a practical joker fooled David Thompson, that would impress me.

Over the years, The Other Half has managed it on a handful of occasions.

He will, of course, pay dearly.

ccscientist

human stupidity: Faulty reasoning is not listed. This covers smart people I have known who have difficulty making judgements of cause-effect or magnitudes. They think the covid deaths were catastrophic (even when only 100,000 in the US in 2020) in a country of 325 million with 3.5 million deaths per year on average. They think a few feet of sea level rise is the end of the world. They exaggerate how much they will make with the degree they are getting. and on and on.

Christopher R Taylor

What troubles me is how long this has been going on before people finally spoke up and it got noticed.

David

As this is an open thread...

The Guardian’s opinion section used to be called Comment Is Free… CiF was great. Although the majority of the commenters were left wing, they were kept on their toes by a strong minority who were not. Equally important, the Guardian’s writers were kept on their toes. A badly researched or tendentious article would not go unchallenged…

After she became the paper’s first female editor, Katharine Viner replaced “Comment is Free” by an initiative called “The Web We Want.” The web she wanted was one in which comment was no longer free: ever since then, comments have been disallowed on most articles, especially those where the response was likely to be hostile to the Guardian worldview.

Their gaff, their rules. But didn’t Ms Viner’s birthing parent ever tell her that what we want is not always good for us? As I argued in a post called “It pays to brief your own side properly”:

The mainstream media has passed a milestone in its decline to irrelevance when someone who wants to successfully argue for the same things the MSM argues for must use other sources besides the MSM.

Since CiF became TWwW in April 2016, the repose of the Guardian-reading classes has been disturbed by some unpleasant shocks. Among them were Brexit, the election of Donald Trump in the US, and, ten days after I wrote the post on briefing your own side properly, the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. A reader in 2021 who relied on the Guardian alone would have had no idea that was coming.

Natalie Solent, over at Samizdata.

Daniel Ream

And why might it be that trans are much more likely than average to become hookers?

Two interconnected reasons: one, most of them are victims of childhood sexual abuse, which results in lifelong dysfunctional sexualization and especially issues with boundaries and bodily integrity; two, they're so batshit insane that they can't hold down a regular job that pays enough to make rent.

Princess Cutekitten

Mr. Half, beware!

Steve E

Two interconnected reasons:

And three, that penis isn't going to cut itself off. Surgery and drug treatments are very expensive. A lot do porn with a side of prostitution to raise funds. Many give it up post-op. Those committed to hooking often never get the surgery. It's literally their moneymaker.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It's literally their moneymaker.

Indeed.

pst314

After she became the paper’s first female editor, Katharine Viner replaced “Comment is Free” by an initiative called “The Web We Want.” The web she wanted was one in which comment was no longer free

I believe that is what your typical Guardian reader wanted. At least that is what I surmised based on the angry readers I have met.

pst314

Mr. Half, beware!

[ Silently speculates about the endless technological improvements to the Correction Booth. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

ScIEntIfIc aMEriCaN.

As light can exist as both a particle and a wave, an abortion provider can honor birth and fight for a person’s right to give birth when it’s right for them

Teh Party of Science!™

Daniel Ream

Teh Party of Science!™

They're just trolling us now.

Princess Cutekitten

Re Mercedes Lackey, I happened upon this while surfing:

https://equuspublishing.com/mercedes-lackeys/

To make it clear, I do not approve of picking on little old ladies. But in this case, I can hear the ghost of Joseph Stalin chuckling...

Joe Ego

libraries are now a nest of choice for super-woke bedlamites.

For at least the last 20 years, university library programs produce outdo most other majors in the production of leftist, progressive, group-thinking graduates. Just look at anything produced by or about the ALA (American Library Association) in this time frame. While I can respect particular teachers, it is hard for me to pass up a chance to comment negatively on university education & library majors. These are also heavily female dominated (seems obvious) and not particularly high up the IQ chart.

The "best fit" line on this chart's data appears to qualify, as the kids say, as problematic: https://chart-studio.plotly.com/~etpinard/330/us-college-majors-average-iq-of-students-by-gender-ratio/#/

David

The “best fit” line on this chart’s data appears to qualify, as the kids say, as problematic

Angry Studies and Education courses attract students with some of the lowest SAT scores, while indulging those students with by far the most generous grading.

David

Somewhat related…

Some of you may recall the saga of San Francisco’s Lowell High School, formerly “one of the best public high schools in the county,” and which, in the name of “equity,” announced a plan to abandon enrollment by merit, which was deemed “racist.” Indeed, the very idea of merit, of differences in diligence and ability, was denounced by the district’s Board of Education Commissioner, Alison Collins, as both “an inherently racist construct” and a tool of “white supremacy.”

Ms Collins and her colleagues have since been ousted by disaffected parents.

But their handiwork lives on.

Stephanie Richer

Mercedes Lackey

So predictable, they eat their own: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sci-fi-fantasy-writers-convention-boots-author-for-racial-slur-target-says-he-was-not-offended/ar-AAXOl8M

To make it clear, I do not approve of picking on little old ladies.

I do. I am of the Boomer Generation and trust me, there are plenty of shits among us who deserve repeated bitch slaps.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

But their handiwork lives on.

"Unexpectedly", as the kids say.

Principal Joe Ryan Dominguez attributed the rise in failing grades to “too many variables".

"Variables" is a unique word for "crappy students", but I am pretty sure it is racist. Good thing Dominguez hit the bricks, what with his internalized whiteness.

pst314

To make it clear, I do not approve of picking on little old ladies...

She deserved it. I am pleased to hear that she is having crying fits and panic attacks. Not that I am under any illusions that she will learn any lessons about the role of tolerance in a democratic republic; it's just a small taste of what she deserves. For true equitable justice her publishers would cease distributing all her books and her bank would close her accounts.

So don't think of her as a "little old lady". Think of her as an old Bolshevik awakened by Stalin's NKVD in the middle of the night.

pst314

And speaking of Bolsheviks, I would not be surprised if a deep dive into her history would find some "interesting" support for the Soviet Union and Maoist China. American leftists have traditionally concealed their true feelings about totalitarian terror states, although they have been letting the mask slip lately.

pst314

Principal Joe Ryan Dominguez attributed the rise in failing grades to “too many variables".

Ruination caused by socialism: Also known as "bad luck".

pst314

Teh Party of Science!™

Could put that to the test: Accelerate a beam of SciAm writers at a target. When a barrier with two slits is interposed, does the splatter show a diffraction pattern?

Also: Does light bend around a SciAm writer?

And Schroedinger's Crap: You have to open the magazine to find out if it is garbage.

ccscientist

SciAm: to draw a parallel between the dual nature (wave/particle) of light and the political stance of being both pro-life and pro-abortion is not just meaningless, it proves the writer lives in la-la land. Bonkers. Also SciAm has been circling the drain for years.
I love the vitriol of Mercedes responding to the person pointing out the very real canceling going on. Shows her true self.

WEP

I love the vitriol of Mercedes responding to the person pointing out the very real canceling going on. Shows her true self.

What I find sad and hilarious is the offense Ms. Lackey has been charged with.

At a panel, she referred to Samuel DeLaney several times as a "colored writer."

Not writer of color. A colored writer.

Sam, to his credit. Was not offended at all. They're in the same age cohort and he respects her.

That didn't stop the Maolings on Twatter and the SFWA from canceling a 72-year-old woman and a longtime fixture in sci-fi/fantasy. Just like they cancelled Lovecraft, Campbell, and probably the rest of the sci-fi Old Guard.

pst314

Sam, to his credit...

Everybody calls him Chip. :-)

He is, by the way, a Marxist, postmodernist (Derrida, Foucault, et al), and a "black people cannot be racist" sort of racist. He has not hesitated to undeservedly call people fascists.

MJZ

But their handiwork lives on.

Proponents of the new system argue that the merit-based system was racist as it resulted in an underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students, while opponents say it would harm Asian students – who make up the majority of Lowell’s population – and undermine the benefits of a competitive academic environment.

... critics such as Members of the Friends of Lowell group and Lowell’s own Chinese Parent Advisory Council continue to lobby for the return of the old system

Blacks or Chinese can object to one or the other system on the principled basis that it systematically devalues the talents of their people, rubs their people's sensitivities the wrong way, is detrimental to the flourishing of their people.

Whites, a minority in the school but without the right to minority advocacy, are allowed to object to one or the other system on the principled basis that it's detrimental to the flourishing of blacks or detrimental to the flourishing of the Chinese.

The superprincipled whites strive to resolve the problem by trying to persuade blacks that in fact stricter marking is good for blacks, or trying to persuade Chinese that in fact vibranter classmates are good for the Chinese. Whether any of it is good for whites is not to be thought about.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Say, if they are using sparky cars, we lose gas tax".

No worries, got it covered".

pst314

SciAm: to draw a parallel between the dual nature (wave/particle) of light and the political stance of being both pro-life and pro-abortion is not just meaningless, it proves the writer lives in la-la land.

There was a time, long ago, when SciAm would have ridiculed that sort of New Age mush.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Celestia is certainly correct, she has a degree in biology, "Ma'am, on which side do you dress?"

Science!™

Steve E

So predictable, they eat their own:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People couldn't be reached for comment.

David

“Ma’am, on which side do you dress?”

Attempts to indulge delusions are not without risk. Not least the risk of oneself becoming deluded, or so accustomed to lying that there’s little functional difference.

As others have remarked, it’s like being a reluctant participant in some society-wide shit test.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Attempts to indulge delusions are not without risk.

Meanwhile in Germany, we find ten people "unable to work".

Joe Ego

continue to lobby for the return of the old system

And the ratchet continues working.

Mr. Dominguez and various school board members can be shown the door, but you won't hear about any outrage because their goals have been accomplished. The ratchet has locked into a new position as admissions are now well and truly fucked. It will take 10 times the energy to undo this change while activists and the media (but I repeat myself) shower accusations of racism, etc over anyone who disagrees with the new normal.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in Chicagoland what could possibly go wrong?

Oak Park and River Forest High School administration and faculty will examine grading and reporting practices in academic and elective courses utilizing evidence-backed research and the racial equity analysis tool.

Where did I leave my Pantone charts?

Captain Nemo

Also, open thread

All is not well in the world of gay leather enthusiasts:

https://twitter.com/IMLchicago/status/1531683784298471425

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Good news, everyone! William "Lia" Thomas is now happy now that he is beating real women.

Alas, he was miserable as a sophomore because he had to compete against men, mainly because he couldn't. (His words, though I might be paraphrasing a bit)

pst314

Meanwhile in Chicagoland what could possibly go wrong?

Oak Park has been going "woke" for many years now.

pst314

All is not well in the world of gay leather enthusiasts:

Whatever it was, that page has been deleted already.

Captain Nemo

Damn. I saved a link to the attached photo:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FUGiSMpWUAMMgEY?format=jpg&name=medium

pst314

Damn. I saved a link to the attached photo

Thanks. I laughed. But if those IML fetishists are serious about inclusion, they should not just welcome "transmen" but also "transleathers"--that is, people who claim to be into leather but who really aren't.

pst314

Er, what? I think a better headline might be "Doctor Desperately Seeks Publicity."

Captain Nemo

Thanks. I laughed.

Oh, it gets funnier:

https://twitter.com/IMLchicago/status/1530636281511919617

asiaseen

Oak Park etc maybe need some help with maths:

90 minutes of time split into two parts
■ First 30 minutes was district-led professional learning
■ Second 30 minutes was time for application of learning

WTP

Damn. I saved a link to the attached photo:

Transmen. Band name. Well, The Transmen. Probably already taken though. But I sure as hell am not going to look.

pst314

Oak Park etc maybe need some help with maths

Math is racist, you racist.

Princess Cutekitten

One more Mercedes: as stated, Mr. Delany was not at all offended. A third person, whose name I forget, was offended, and aired her umbrage. Seizing the opportunity, the Sci-fi Stalinists stirred up a (they hope) career-destroying tempest in Mrs. Lackey ‘s teapot. And the more I see of her, the less sympathy I feel, little old lady or no. She seemed to approve of sci-fi Stalinism until it happened to her.

That said, the one exchange of remarks I had with her was perfectly civil .

If I were in the sci-fi field, and thank God I’m not, I believe I’d adopt the Larry Correia approach and never grovel. It seems to work for him. Granted Mr. Correia, aka The Mountain That Writes, is a very large person, but until the Sci-fi Stalinists start using actual weapons, why not have fun insulting them back?

pst314

She seemed to approve of sci-fi Stalinism until it happened to her.

That seems to be a recurring theme: The "nice" liberal sci-fi figure who turns out to have been hiding or semi-hiding his real sympathies.

pst314

but until the Sci-fi Stalinists start using actual weapons, why not have fun insulting them back?

The weapons they use most often are the various forms of deplatforming, to deprive those they disagree with of their livelihoods.

WEP

I believe I’d adopt the Larry Correia approach and never grovel. It seems to work for him

I've been enjoying his Writer Dojo podcasts as they have really good discussions about writing. He does address his critics in one episode, and mentioned that he had no choice playing it safe, being that he owned a store that sold machine guns. Kinda big tell, there.

pst314

Facial tattoos: One of nature's warning signs.

pst314

Please respect him: He's deeply spiritual and a grade school principal.

pst314

The reincarnation of Isaac Asimov? ;-)

Princess Cutekitten

Was Isaac Asimov afraid of trees?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Inexplicably San Francisco's homeless "trans" population expected to skyrocket.

"Transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming San Franciscans are 18 times more likely to experience homelessness compared to the general population, and we know that the rates are even higher for our minority trans communities," stated Breed.

"Anyone not claiming to be an Alphabet Person, sorry, you are SOL."

Princess Cutekitten

PST314, Mr. Correia seems to have taken care to build up an audience before venturing into the Stalinist swamps, and he went on the offensive immediately. Of course if you were a happy Stalinist for 50 years before your turn to go to Siberia, the Correia approach won’t help you much. Too bad.

pst314

Alphabet Person. Is that an employee of one of the Alphabet Agencies?
[ Attempts to assume expression of innocent inquiry. ]

pst314

Of course if you were a happy Stalinist for 50 years before your turn to go to Siberia, the Correia approach won’t help you much.

I would never help a sci-fi commie to escape the wrath of the woke crab bucket.

WEP

Mr. Correia seems to have taken care to build up an audience before venturing into the Stalinist swamps

True. It also helps, he admits, that he has the hide of a rhino and revels in taking down idiots.

pst314

Chicago: the city, the government, the slum-dwelling losers.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This just in from The Great White North, in much the same vein (NPI) as the NYC "Enjoy Your Heroin!" campaign, we find that although guns are icky, "Over 18? Enjoy your meth and MDMA!"

John

On the subject of pretending to be something you’re clearly not this appeared in todays bbc sport website:-

Indian Para-athlete Vinod Kumar has been banned for two years for cheating.

World Para Athletics started disciplinary proceedings with the independent Board of Appeal of Classification over the matter.

It was claimed Kumar, 41, intentionally misrepresented his abilities in classification ahead of Tokyo 2020.

They said his competition performances were not consistent with his classification performances.

Compare and contrast with the gushing approval given to the exploits and feelz of Lia Thomas, the swimmer who admittedly doesn’t even bother trying to misrepresent his “ability” other than discretely tucking it away when competing but letting it all hang out when parading around the girls changing room.

Daniel Ream

Regarding Ms. Lackey: I am not inclined to give her any slack on her "slip-up", given that the rules were established when she was in her thirties. No one is racist like a neurotic leftist.

FWIW, Ms. Lackey was also one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's first and best-known proteges. Perhaps someone should ask her what she knew about MZB and MZB's husband's proclivities, and when she knew it.

I’d adopt the Larry Correia approach and never grovel. It seems to work for him

Correia had, and continues to have, several other robust streams of income prior to taking up writing (ISTR he was also a tax accountant, or something). Sadly if you're going to operate in a field as toxic as SF is today, you need uncancellable alternative means of making a living. There are certainly a ton of F/SF authors completely unknown to the gatekeepers of the SFWA self-publishing in a variety of online stores, and I do wonder how much the SFWA and their lapdogs can effectively cancel a writer when the middlemen are largely irrelevant.

That said, it's not nothing; I've mentioned before I know of a handful of men churning out formula romance novels for Harlequin under pseudonyms that have stable but limited careers because they can't go to RITA conventions &c.

Jack

As others have remarked, it’s like being a reluctant participant in some society-wide shit test.

That.

David

No one is racist like a neurotic leftist.

That, as they say. And as illustrated umpteen times in the archives.

It’s worth noting that these fits of theatrical outrage are most often directed at targets deemed susceptible. I.e., other pretenders - people who will prioritise peer-group approval over… well, pretty much anything else, and can thereby be cowed without too much pushback. I can think of several instances in which a pretentious scolding was obviously being considered, but the scolder thought better of it when they realised that their intended target would not be an easy nut to crack.

Rich Rostrom

Fascinating... I knew Mercedes Lackey many years ago; played Dungeons and Dragons in her apartment once.

Regarding sex workers who are not what they seem, this exchange from Love, Actually:

Peter: No surprises?
Mark: No surprises.
Peter: Not like the stag night?
Mark: Unlike the stag night.
Peter: Do you admit the Brazilian prostitutes were a mistake?
Mark: I do.
Peter: And it would have been much better if they'd not turned out to be men?
Mark: That is true.

Princess Cutekitten

Hi Daniel,

I read Marion Bradley’s daughter’s book. Appalling.

If I were going to take up science fiction writing, I would stay as far away from the SFWA as I could get. Seems like a bucket full of crabs to me. (Mercedes Lackey has published 100+ books, been on bestseller lists...) Not exactly what you want in a trade association. I bet Mercedes Lackey wishes she’d stayed far away from them too.

Are men banned from the romance writers’s convention? (Is that even legal in the U.S.?). It’s been an open secret forever that there are men writing romances. Even I knew and I’m not a romance reader.

Stephanie Richer

Oh, it gets funnier

"Vaginal Sex for Gay Men." Back in my youth, I believe we referred to that as "banging chicks." Or, to quote the immortal philosopher, Robert Plat: "Shake for me girl. I wanna be your back door man."

Truly, it was a simpler time.

David

And it would have been much better if they’d not turned out to be men?

It seems to me that deceiving would-be sex partners as to one’s own sex, as endorsed by Mr Riley Dennis and other activists, ventures awfully close to sexual assault. The other party, the unwitting party, is being put in a position, as it were, that they would most likely not have chosen had they known the facts.

“Oh this? It’s just my lady tallywacker.”

pst314

the rules were established when she was in her thirties.

Is there a colored version of that cartoon? Or version of color?

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