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Internets, there was a lot of jackassery today. It's kind of impressive.

The Wicked Pretty Things imbroglio: Jessica Verday explained that she was pulling out of the YA anthology because she was asked to make a story with a male/male romance into a male/female romance. No problem with the actual content, violence or language; just make one of the characters a girl. Verday said AW HALE NAW (I may be paraphrasing here). The editor, Trisha Telep, came back (see the update on that post) and... kind of?... apologized, saying she thought the anthology was supposed to be "light on alternative sexuality," and that the publisher itself wanted no such thing and would love to have the story. Her comment ends with, "By the way: if you want to see a you tube video of me wrestling a gay man in Glasgow, and losing, please let me know," which strikes me as one of the stranger attempts I've seen to drop Some of My Best Friends Are Gay cred, but okay. Well, except not "okay," because... what? "Light on alternative sexuality"? "When presented with a story that is perfectly acceptable to me in every other way, including the mild romantic content, I would rather pretend that gay kids don't exist. No, the word fuck is totes okay. Just get rid of the gayness." The shit?

In a second post, Verday notes that the publisher is deeply chagrined over the whole thing, they "support LBGTQ writing," and that... Trisha Telep, who basically apologized for assuming that her employer shared her prejudices, will still be editing the anthology. Thus, Verday will still not be appearing in it. There you are. 

But now, other writers won't be, either. Lesley Livington, Karen Mahoney, and Lisa Mantchev have pulled out, and even Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely) has asked them to take "a Melissa Marr-ish slant" out of their cover copy. (Honestly, I'm not terribly impressed by how close the anthology title is to her book in the first place, and then also name-dropping her.) So I'm going to be really interested to see if Running Press tries to soldier on, or if they replace Trisha Telep and try to get everyone back. Because once word gets out to everyone else, no one's going to want to have anything to do with this thing. 

ETA: Brenna Yovanoff has also dropped out. The premise of the anthology was that it was 13 stories. We're now down to eight.

ETA, Saturday: Seanan McGuire is #6, and Ann Aguirre is dropping out of a separate anthology.

Meanwhile, in simpler, but no less craptastic news (perhaps a larger level of craptacity, even), Brian Keene is calling for a boycott of Dorchester Publishing, for the simple reason that Dorchester Publishing hasn't been paying its writers and is publishing their work anyway. Lots of them.

Also: Scott Adams feels oppressed:

The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women [sic] tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.

I was hoping this was somehow ill-advised satire, but it looks like not.

Also-also, this:

@christylemire: So I wasn't the only girl at Sucker Punch. A guy and a girl were having sex down the row from me and @BenMank77. Glad someone had fun.

@christylemire: For those asking, yes, they were having actual sex. Ben saw the girl's bare ass, I heard seats creaking. Stadium seating is so multipurpose.

@christylemire: Cute RT @[redacted] @christylemire this made my day. i still dont see how he saw my bare ass. i didnt even pull my pants all the way off.


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Regarding Scott Adams...

Would that be douchequake? Because I'm calling douchequake on that guy myself. :/

Re: Regarding Scott Adams...

As a (apparently former) Scott Adams fan, I am deeply chagrined. DEEPLY.

Holy moley, that Scott Adams thing. I can't believe he wasn't aware of the implication he was making.

(And aw. I actually really liked Sucker Punch, but I can see why others might not.)

(I liked it too, though the ending made me all sad inside which I was not expecting at all)

I'm kind of surprised to see Francesca Lia Block's name on that anthology, tbh. Isn't she well-known for having gay characters in her books?

Give her time to find out about this. Lisa Mantchev only dropped out this afternoon, IIRC. It's a situation in progress.

Edited at 2011-03-25 11:56 pm (UTC)

Yay for Jessica Verday and all the others pulling out of that mess. That 'apology' was one of the most condescending, "tee-hee, I guess I might see why you're miffed. But you still like me, right? 'Cause I'm totes cool!" attempts at brushing someone off that I've seen.

And OMG, Scott Adams, douchecanoe of the year.

I love that YA authors are a community and support each other.

On the plus side, I see "light on alternative sexuality" as being a phrase with so many useful ironic applications.

"I went to that cool-looking party, but it was annoyingly light on alternative sexualities, so I decided to bail and do something more interesting."

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I just... I don't even know. I'm waiting for everyone else to find out, because I doubt you'll be the last to pull out.

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You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner.

The Shit? No seriously I agree with your reaction to it Cleo the fucking SHIT?. Kudos on Verday for sticking to her beliefs and pulling out, what a piece of douchewafflery.

Well, those were two separate things. The "candy for dinner" bit was Scott Adams talking about why you shouldn't argue with women who want rights. It's actually a lot worse.

This is the first I've read of this, but Running Press and the name Trisha Telep seem familiar to me. Have they been up to other inappropriate shenanigans before?

You know, I don't remember anything offhand.

Clearly it is international BASIC DECENCY, DO YOU SPEAK IT day.

I... this... I just... WTF?

What is in the water today? Undistilled Stupid?

WOW. That is twelve kinds of offensive--ridiculous homophobia aside, as a writer it seriously irks me that they think that writing...works like that. Like, you can just do a search and replace and change a character's gender and that will totally work. Like, never mind the integrity of the story or the depth of the character or anything. Just...no. Really, truly no.

And WOW, that Scott Adams quote (really? People still read Dilbert and care about his opinions?) is seriously making me make the face in your icon. I just...again, wow.
we genuinely don’t care about 90% of what is happening around us.
...He's seriously saying this non-ironically? So women are whiners and can't handle the terrible, awful truths of life and men are idiots who don't care about the world? Wow. Is there anyone left he hasn't generalized & insulted? Besides, his phrasing makes no sense: why would you argue with someone about the fact that women make 80% of what men do? That's a fact. You could argue about the reasons behind or the reasonableness of that fact, but that's not what he says. Wow. Well, all men certainly aren't morons, but...

Sucker Punch was amusingish, but kinda dumb. It kind vaguely goes near some interesting ideas about gender and reality and stuff like that, but then just goes '...nah, we'd rather do cool shit with zombie German soldiers instead, TYVM.' (But...wait, girls don't want to see that movie? Because I was stoked. But maybe it's more about, you know...finding girls hot. *cough* Dunno.)

Re Sucker Punch: apparently the majority of the female moviegoing populace thinks "tiny girls fighting robot samurais and dragons with machine guns in rock-assisted slo mo" is sexist and stupid as opposed to An Awesome Time at the Movies.

Personally, if I'm going to fork up nine bucks for something I could just as well Redbox, it's not gonna be Colin Firth crying into his oatmeal. I had better see some tits, explosions, and alien warlock dinosaurs that can turn into cars.

Good for the authors pulling out of that anthology!

As for Scott Adams... a part of me just died a little. Now I'll have to take the Dogbert plushie off my desk or it'll just make me ragey at work, which is the opposite of its intended effect. -sigh-

I wish everyone I respected as a young woman would avoid the internet forever, because more and more they just disappoint me and make me feel stupid for ever having touted their awesomeness.

Scott Adams deleted his post, but his response is...off putting, shall we say.

There are other ways I could say it, but my mother raised me to not swear like that in public.

"Those women cannot handle my man knowledge," is how I'm reading it. In a funny, helium-induced high pitched voice.

*just stares*

I'm not drinking the water for awhile.

Scott Adams seems to have taken some sort of amnesia pills because that is the only reason I can think that he would think that he could write that piece and then not understand that the internet isn't exactly agreeing with his thoughts.
Also "pal... um. white male privilege much?"

Adams has an enthusiastically supportive echo chamber on his blog, which probably plays a large part in inflating his ego and slanting his ideas of what the greater internet thinks is acceptable.

That said, there are plenty of people on the greater internet who think that way too. You can see them in the comments section of just about any newspaper article that attempts to mention women's rights etc :-/