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Harlan Ellison issues a public apology.

Would you believe that, having left the Hugo ceremonies immediately after my part in it, while it was still in progress ... and having left the hall entirely ... yet having been around later that night for Kieth Kato's traditional chili party ... and having taken off next morning for return home ... and not having the internet facility to open "journalfen" (or whatever it is), I was unaware of any problem proceeding from my intendedly-childlike grabbing of Connie Willis's left breast, as she was exhorting me to behave.

Nonetheless, despite my only becoming aware of this brouhaha right this moment (12 noon LA time, Tuesday the 29th), three days after the digital spasm that seems to be in uproar ...YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!

IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR A MAN TO GRAB A WOMAN'S BREAST WITHOUT HER EXPLICIT PERMISSION. To do otherwise is to go 'way over the line in terms of invasion of someone's personal space. It is crude behavior at best, and actionable behavior at worst. When George W. Bush massaged the back of the neck of that female foreign dignitary, we were all justly appalled. For me to grab Connie's breast is in excusable, indefensible, gauche, and properly offensive to any observers or those who heard of it later.

I agree wholeheartedly.

I've called Connie. Haven't heard back from her yet. Maybe I never will.

So. What now, folks? It's not as if I haven't been a politically incorrect creature in the past. But apparently, Lynne, my 72 years of indefensible, gauche (yet for the most part classy), horrifying, jaw-dropping, sophomoric, sometimes imbecile behavior hasn't--till now--reached your level of outrage.

I'm glad, at last, to have transcended your expectations. I stand naked and defenseless before your absolutely correct chiding.

With genuine thanks for the post, and celestial affection, I remain, puckishly,

Yr. pal, Harlan

P.S. You have my permission to repost this reply anywhere you choose, on journalfen, at SFWA, on every blog in the universe, and even as graffiti on the Great Wall of China.

Comments

*g* I keep writing books that put men in traditionally feminine roles...

...and boy do they make some men uncomfortable.

So, yeah. It's a hard thing to empathize with. Just as it's hard for somebody who has never been discriminated against because of skin color or social class to understand how it works.

This is why we talk about "unexamined white male privilege." Because a lot of white men don't understand that they have an advantage just by virtue of who they are, and that it *is* harder for everybody else.

(Which is not to say that women and minorities do not have advantages as well. But they're not the overwhelming social advantages that white men have.)
I keep writing books that put men in traditionally feminine roles...

*thinks*

Okay, so I know what I would view as that, but I don't suppose you'd elaborate on which characters you are referring to in particular?

And in relation to that (in my mind at least), what significance is there to the queen of the faerie in Celtic folklore *always* being female? At least to the best of my knowledge, which I suspect is rather superficial. Before I go ahead and draw deep-sounding conclusions about the ancient celts and their views on women and sex and all things related, I'd like to at least get my facts straigh(er) :)
*sprinkles some t's over the last sentence*
Oh, no, there are Faerie Kings, too.
*waves bye bye to the nice li'l theory*

Oh well.

I figured Matthew, and I'm drawing a blank on the other two because I haven't read them yet :)
Also, Gabe in the Jenny Casey trilogy, no?
Indeed. Although he's not gotten the vituperation poor Matthew has.
Specifically, Matthew, Kit, and Isolfr, off the top of my head. Matthew's the only one who's gotten wide release yet, but I've got extensive enough first-reader commentary on the other two to suspect how it's going to go down.