You forgot (or haven't heard) the other thing that started the kerfluffle: an article in the SFWA magazine which was supposed to be a retrospective on influential female authors and editors. A good chunk of it was hubba-hubba about how "hot" these women looked in bathing suits. The "Barbie" article, as I understand it, was in response to members (both male and female) complaining that this was inappropriate for a professional magazine. There's a pretty good discussion of the mess here
on Making Light.*
The saddest part of all this is that the author on that card, Laura Resnick, is the daughter
of one of the authors who has caused all the trouble, Mike Resnick. And since I'm sure Jim wouldn't have used her name and picture without her permission, this gives me a bad feeling about how familial relations are going.
* And if you're not currently following ML, I recommend it highly. It's a much better source of informed opinion about current events both inside and outside the SF field than most news channels, because of the wide and varied expertise of the commenting community. It's also moderated, and hence not subject to rabid weasels in said comments.
I didn't connect the weirdness of the PC Monster card for Laura Resnick and the fact that her father was one of the men in the thick of this. I follow her on facebook and the only statement from her I recall was that her father had always supported her and she otherwise wasn't going to comment. I do now wonder what her father thinks of the card.
I spoke with Laura before putting the card together. One of the things I said was that I would omit any reference to the Bulletin mess, out of respect for her desire to not be a part of that particular conversation.
As for the familiar relations, I honestly wouldn't draw any conclusions from this.
I would have never suspected you of making the card without Ms. Resnick's full co-operation. I confess I think the card must be at least a tiny source of weirdness between Ms. Resnick and her father, but I've never had any direct contact with either of them, so obviously I can't know.
Also, a little bit of fangirling: Jim C. Hines commented on my blog!
I know Laura works pretty hard to maintain familial peace, which is probably why I felt a little protective for her. I'm sure there's tension over some things ... though I also suspect that whatever their differences, her father would verbally flay whoever put his daughter on that list.
(Also, yay! I have fans :-) That's still weird to me, but very cool, thank you!)
2013-07-18 08:50 pm (UTC)
Laura Resnick here.
My father saw the "PC Monsters of SFWA" (oh-so-wittily changed by its author to "PC C*nts of SFWA" by then) the same day I did and asked me if I had any idea what it was about.
Then and now, no. (As near as I can tell, it appears to derive from a certain Scalzi-obsessed, SFWA-harassing, racist, homophobic, sexist dipshit's inexplicable fixation on me. But I'm just guessing.) Certainly it's got nothing to do with my dad. Realistically, it doesn't actually have anything to do with me, either, though I appear to be in the middle of it.
As my dad knows, I stay out of SFWA politics and scandals (and, indeed, am no longer a SFWA member), and I also stay out of sf/f feuds and internet quarrels.
Although I've done a little work with my dad over the years (and he's currently nagging me to send him a story for Galaxy's Edge, the new e-mag from Arc Manor that he edits), our relationship is familial, not professional. I am MUCH more concerned than he won't eat green food, that he named me after a racehorse, and that he can't make my downstairs toilet stop running (because I am SURE that minor plumbing is in the job description for dads, but he keeps contradicting me about that) than I am concerned about what a gazillion total strangers in the sf/f community think of his comments on--well, ANYTHING, really. (Also, since he is my father, I don't know that much about his comments. Because, obviously, I have decades of practice at tuning him out.)
SFWA scandals and sf/f online stuff isn't real life, so there's not much mileage in confusing it with real life.
2013-07-19 05:26 pm (UTC)
Dear Ms. Resnick
Thank you so much for coming here to comment. It is very gracious of you.
Strange how people who write about the future and alternate realities can't evolve towards equality and respect.
It's disappointing, especially as I've always considered fantasy and science fiction a good way to present new ideas to people without immediately getting their hackles up.
My immediate thought was 'Do as I say, not as I do.' It is quite disappointing, but after all, we're only human.
When I grow up I would hope to be a fascist oppressor of sexist piggery
Me, too. We should design a flag.
High heels stamping on testicles forever... As it were