Almost two months ago, author Jon Del Arroz wrote an article exposing an endemic anti-male bias in the publishing industry. For this, he was viciously attacked by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA). Not only was he attacked online, but a this spilled over into real life.
Today, he released another bombshell article, in which he interviews a former editor for Escape Artist Podcasts, whose “Artemis Rising” event, in which they would do a month’s worth of stories written by women–with no male counterpart–first drew this to their attention.
It’s a bit lengthy, but very much worth reading. As Jon says near the end of it, this is the new normal. And it’s far from only a men/women thing. Similar things are done involving various minority groups as well, with the ultimate result of straight white males being the most marginalized by these people.
It’s more important than ever that those of us who are opposed to such practices support each other. The way to combat those who have seized control of the industry we love (and in which many of us work) is to create our own, superior content, that isn’t shackled by all of the arbitrary restrictions these new gatekeepers are trying to put in place.
In that vein, my debut novel, A Greater Duty, book 1 in the Galaxy Ascendant series, is available over on Amazon, and just today, I released to those signed up for my mailing list a new short story, set in the Galaxy Ascendant. And, keep your eyes on this space, as the next Galaxy Ascendant book, A Looming Shadow, will be releasing some time this month.
Jon’s post: Sci-Fi’s SJW Terrorism: An Editor’s Inside Look
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I’m a gay white male. Believe me, it’s no picnic for us as we try to get published.
I received my MFA from Seton Hill University. The anti-male bias was thick there. One professor in the program, Timmons Esaias, told me and another guy–who was an injured veteran who’d served in Iraq–that “White males need to be discriminated against.” His words. He actually told us that one afternoon in the library at SHU when we were waiting to start. He told a gay man (me) and an injured war veteran (my friend) that we needed to be discriminated against for some reason–a smug and arrogant little man. Up until that point I respected his opinion; after that, I actively hate him because he doesn’t know shit about my life, the life of my friend, or how we’d been treated throughout them.
Another veteran at SHU quit the program because, after reading countless novels featuring nauseatingly detailed sex scenes, he wrote a homoerotic short story and was blasted for it in a critique session. That same term we had to read a novel that featured a young woman masturbating with a toy rocket. The straight white combat vet who, trying to fit in with the SJW crowd, wrote a homoerotic story was humiliated by a professor for daring to write something diverse!
It’s not the industry. It’s the education. The universities are training their students to hate white men.