I am so sick of the culture of “offense” and “offendedness”. The whole: “everything is going to offend somebody!” rhetoric that excuses racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc., etc., as mere “offenses”, puts the onus on the marginalized to “not be so easily offended”, as if these things are merely offensive.
We need to move the conversation away from “offensive” to “harmful”.
"Offense" is something that happens to your sensibilities. "Harm" is something that happens to your humanity.
The truth is that people are offended, and never harmed, by being called out for problematic behavior - and yet people are harmed - never merely offended - by the problematic behavior enacted towards them that they just called someone out on.
"You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot."
WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! →
Women Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo Award-nominated magazine LIGHTSPEED entirely written—and edited—by women.
Hey, writers! I present to you a link to the Kickstarter for Lightspeed Magazine’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue, in which female authors stick it to sexists who think women can’t write sf.
If you are a woman and you would also like to stick it to people who think women can’t write sci-fi, you should totally submit a story. Submissions are open until February 14th!
If you don’t want to submit, but would still like to support, check out the Kickstarter. $5 or more will get you an eBook copy of the issue when it is released!
Go forth and write!
the second i read through this i realize i have an idea and i’m so FUCKING PUMPED