|goeskaboom (goeskaboom) wrote,|
@ 2014-11-07 16:00:00
|Entry tags:||fandom, kaboom drops knowledge on you, srs bsns|
They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and I do think that has happened somewhat in fandom. The whole current “social justice” clusterfuck that's spawned all kinds of bullshit in fandom (the trigger warning disasters, stalking and harassment of writers who don't follow the prescribed ideology of the month, and a number of other situations I could list but won't because then we'd be here until Christmas), for the most part, probably started that way. Well-intentioned people began to want to rid fandom of undesirable elements. And I'm not saying that sarcastically. If you're doing something for fun, most people don't want to run across horrifying racist invective, for example. And let's be realistic- there was some of that. But once they'd run out of really obvious, blatantly offensive things to go after, they found that they weren't satisfied so they went after things that might have been borderline. Again, that's arguably acceptable, But there wasn't as much of that as they'd like, either, so then they turned to fandom as a whole. The result has been several years of stewing resentment on both sides of the issue. The “social justice warriors” are frustrated that no one is listening to their demands (as those demands become ever more onerous and, quite frankly, ridiculous), and the writers are frustrated that they can't write what they want anymore without worrying that someone is going to jump down their throat. I've seen people lose their jobs because they posted slash fics- someone found their IRL identity, called their boss, and complained, all because they thought it was sexist that there were no women in this person's PWP slash fics. I've seen people savage a middle-school-aged kid who was writing her first story, for the reason that she gave a historical person an OC girlfriend. The reason that was so offensive and worthy of calling a middle-schooler a “homophobic cunt?” Because there's some evidence that the historical dude was gay. But overall, that's not what I'm talking about. Regardless of the original intent of these people, it's pretty clear that what we have now has become corrupted and used as a stick to whack people upside the head with.
But that's not what I'm talking about.
Recently, it has come to light that among professional sci-fi writers, someone has been lurking among them that uses these social issues as ammunition in their personal crusade, This person did not start with good intentions. This person's original intention was to fuck shit up, period. And they hurt a lot of people. People lost their jobs, someone attempted suicide, and it created a climate of fear amongst many professional authors. But because this individual used the language of good intentions (they're just trying to end racism and homophobia! They're a good person, honestly), they got a lot of people to go along with it.
Obviously I'm not a professional sci-fi writer. I'm not a professional anything. So I've been observing this from the outside. However, I do feel like it backs up what I've been thinking for a long time. Good intentions aren't enough anymore. Wanting to rid your fandom of racism and sexism and anything else is a noble cause. Doxxing people in pursuit of that goal is... not so noble. Harassing people in pursuit of that goal is... also not so noble. And you might think that you mean well, and you probably do. But your actions provide cover for those that don't mean well, and it leaves a trail of destruction behind them.
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