Hugos, Puppies, and Joanna Russ

“It is a traditional and widely held Glotolog belief that the behavior and outward appearance of the Spotty, Crescent-finned, Spiny, and Mottled Glotolog–as well as their relative non-success at the practice of frument—indicate that the central essence (or nerd) of these types differs from that of the Whelk-finned Glotolog, whose superior essence (super-nerd) enables it to constitute not only the artistic but also the social and economic aristocracy of the planet and thereby to enjoy advantages too numerous and varied to be listed here.

Needless to say, Intergalactic science has found among these typically self-deluded brachiopods only the usual minor differences, reproductive and chromatic, which have little direct bearing on behavior and certainly not the overwhelming importance ascribed to them by the Glotolog.” –from How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ

I always intended from the beginning to write about Joanna Russ. How could I not? It just so happens, though, that she is particularly relevant right at this particular moment.

So, there are some shenanigans with this year’s Hugo awards. And by “shenanigans” I mean “cheating” in the finest, most self-righteous, letter-but-not-the-spirit-of-the-law, but-really-we’re-the-good-guys fashion.

“But some white women, and black women, and black men, and other people of color too, have actually acquired the nasty habit of putting the stuff on paper, and some of it gets printed, and printed material, especially books, gets into bookstores, into people’s hands, into libraries, sometimes even into university curricula.

What are we to do?” —-from How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ

I might add, some of it gets nominated for Hugos, and even wins. What are we to do???

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  1. [But some white women, and black women, and black men, and other people of color tooI….] “I might add, some of it gets nominated for Hugos, and even wins. What are we to do???”

    What tendentious rubbish. You do realise that the Sad Puppy slate was in fact diverse and contained both writers of colour and women, right? That Entertainment Weekly had to officially retract their claim that the slate wasn’t diverse after this was pointed out.

    How to suppress women’s writing V2: Claim that supporting* right-wing/pulp/whatever women and PoC alongside white men is actually suppressing Women’s writing and Writer’s of Colour. Because, I guess, the implication seems to be if you’re nominated by a Sad Puppy you’re no longer a woman or PoC.. ? You should go tell that to Sarah A. Hoyt that she’s suppressing women’s writing with all the writing she’s doing as a woman supporting the other women (and men) on the Slate.

    For example, you seem to be suggesting that by putting Kary English, Megan Grey, and Annie Bellet on the slate for Best Short Story, alongside two men, that Sarah Hoyt and the other puppies are trying to suppress women’s writing. What? They aren’t women? They aren’t the *right kind* of woman? Don’t they count?**

    *For clarity I actually mean “gaming the nominations” by “supporting”, it’s a form of support, though it breaks the spirit of the rules and kinda spoils the Hugos. I’m not a Puppy supporter, I just want to see criticism of them being on point, not lunging, flailing, mispunching. Every time we make a false claim about their slate we bolster their sense of grievance, fuel their paranoia and hand them the ability to say to potential supporters “see – look here where our detractors are unfair, it’s because…” and voila we’re building their support for them.

    **Ain’t they a woman? Little reference there for those who know their feminist history 😉

  2. Who cares what color the writer is? I don’t care if they are martian green or venusian purple. This emphasis on race , gender is absurd. As long as the writer writes good stories and is entertaining is all that is important. So different writer got nominated by voters . So what. Who was nominated is not important. Just how good they are. I do not see a difference between slate and recommended list . The angst among some people that the wrong people got nominated seems to validate the idea that the Hugos belonged to an exclusive group.

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