Aug. 14th, 2009

Good writing

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a network with a goofy name. There was also an organization devoted to discouraging GLBT discrimination. The organization noted which networks were doing good jobs of portraying queer folks in a fair light, and which weren't. As it happened, the network got a failing grade. So the network exec made a statement along the lines of 'We will try harder in the future'. Fair enough.

Apparently SF writer John C Wright was not happy with this. Seeing as he was morally opposed to anything other than procreative sex between a married couple, he issued a long rant about how the network was pandering to the evil Gay Agenda.

Most of you in fandom can imagine the explosion. While there are many explicative-laced rants -- I can provide links, or I can happily give you my own -- I am enamored of Hal Duncan's, linked by Elizabeth Bear and Shweta Narayan. It is wordy, but has some delightful turns of phrase, and profanity is used sparingly (I think there is only 'cut the crap') and in a skillful way to provide emphasis.

TLDR: I liked Hal Duncan's letter. )
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