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Kerfluffles

There have been a lot of controversies in the news lately, some real, some made-up, and some made out of smoke and mirrors.  Here are my thoughts on a few of them:

  • It is none of my business who sleeps with whom, assuming they’re all consenting adults, or what sex/gender/whatever they decide/realize they are.  The only other thought I have on this is that it isn’t exactly brave to wait until your multi-million dollar TV show is over to do something controversial.  It would have been braver to do this while there were cameras in the living room.  It would have been really brave to do something like this in, say, 1976, when the spotlight of the world was squarely on you and society hadn’t become a heck of a lot more accepting of people who swing to different fences.
  • Race ought to be a null value in society, but it isn’t.  Some can get past it, some can’t, and that’s on all sides of the argument.  To be honest, I don’t care what ethnic, racial, religious, or whatever pigeonhole someone wishes to slam themselves into.  Just be honest about who you are and how you got to where you are, and we’ll all get along a lot better.
  • I write what I want, I read what I want, I watch what I want, and I play what I want.  If you can’t handle that, then leave. Feel free to take your ball and go home, because we’ll have at least as much fun without you.  It’s just that simple.  If you want to turn it into a fight over who gets what corner of the public space, just remember, most of the people on my side are highly trained assholes, and we enjoy our work.
  • If your fiction can be easily described as gay cowboys eating pudding, then you’re missing the point of fiction.  I pick up a novel to be entertained.  If you can make me think while I read it, bravo, but I’m paying you to entertain me.  If I want to read something that will make me think, I’ll go back to non-fiction or a clearly-labeled book on religion, philosophy, or politics.  Now, bring on the exploding spaceships crewed by tall redheads who like medieval Japanese swordcraft.
  • People who use words like ammosexual, tactard, fudd, nazi, threeper, teabagger, or whatever, are not serious and we waste our time in trying to engage with them.  That doesn’t mean that someone can’t use the term to describe a friend, because there isn’t a guy reading this that hasn’t been called every filthy, degrading term in the book by his buddies.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t the same with women.  I’m talking about the people who try to shut down debate by attaching an insulting term to their opponent, and both sides of the political spectrum do it.  If you do it to someone I admire, I’ll turn my back on you.  If you do it to my friends, then I will stand with them.  If you do it to me, don’t waste your energy. I’ve been insulted by the best, and there’s a good chance you won’t measure up to their standard.

1 Comment

  1. Heh, insulted by the best is right! If we weren’t insulted, we wondered why… 🙂

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