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Shenanigans in the publishing and writing worlds abound!
You guys, it is late and I am tired and so this will be short, but I felt the need to make sure EVERYONE KNOWS that:

@foresthouse: The publishing/writing world done gone crazy with douchebaggery today and @cleolinda summarized it all. Read this post: http://bit.ly/ekcvKj

Seriously, go read cleolinda's post and the accompanying links. Contained therein:

a) An editor trying to (what do we call it? Not whitewash, because it's sex, not race this time...straightwash? Okay) straightwash a story with a gay male couple so that the romance is male/female instead;

b) Dorchester Publishing continuing to publish writers' work while not paying them;


c) Scott Adams of Dilbert fame being the biggest douche I ever did see saying men should and/or do deal with women who complain about inequalities suffered due to their gender in the same way they would deal with four-year-old children and the mentally handicapped. And then calling an entire website run by females uneducated and overemotional when they commented (unfavorably) on his post. Because only people like the regular readers of Scott Adams' Dilbert blog are RATIONAL enough and have a HIGH ENOUGH READING COMPREHENSION to understand him. According to Scott Adams, at least.

To which I say: up yours, Scott Adams. I and my reading comprehension skills and my degree in Political Science and Theory and my degree in Journalism (with a 3.96 GPA from a top ten journalism school) and my degree in Business (again, from a top ranked business school) and my Juris Doctor (from a top 20 law school) would like to challenge you and your "rational readers" and your reading comprehension skills to a duel. Because I am not one to wave my education around and say, "hey, I got a DEGREE, that must mean I'm SMART," but I very highly doubt that I would have been able to successfully graduate with degrees and high grades in all of these different areas of study if I had a low reading comprehension, and I would also bet solid money that my reading comprehension could match or exceed yours any day of the week. And I still think you're an asshat. I am sorry, Scott Adams. Low reading comprehension is not the reason that people are disagreeing with you and are angry with what you've said. The fact that you are an idiot is.

Needless to say, all of these things that happened today are Not Cool, but I think the Scott Adams thing takes the cake (a hard thing to do, this particular day!) for the sheer level of stupidity and asshattery displayed.


ETA: OH YES. BUT. How could I have forgotten?? As the antidote to all of this ridiculous bullshit, particle_person offers us this:

BioWare tells 'Straight Male Gamer' to 'get over it'

And my faith in the world is suddenly a teensy bit restored.

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Trixie feels: infuriated infuriated

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sucrelefey From: sucrelefey Date: March 26th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh just use privilege wash and cover all the bases.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 26th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (current file)
Hah! Or majoritywash.
sucrelefey From: sucrelefey Date: March 26th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC) (current file)
But collectively the minorities outnumber the majority.
I feel like parodying a dish soap commercial. Privilege, you're soaking in it.
particle_person From: particle_person Date: March 26th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC) (current file)
The BioWare thing is so fantastic that it almost reads like something out of The Onion — it's like, this is too awesome, it can't be real. Is this really the same industry that invented Frag Dolls?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 27th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC) (current file)
And the best part, as someone else noted, is that it's coming from the company itself. Win.
chocolate_frapp From: chocolate_frapp Date: March 26th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC) (current file)
I always thought that Dilbert guy was an asshat and there's the proof. He can't even draw.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 27th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC) (current file)
snapdragon76 From: snapdragon76 Date: March 26th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC) (current file)
The more I hear about this whole Scott Adams things, the angrier I get. I mean, really? REALLY?!?!

Granted, I don't have a shit ton of degrees. It was hard enough for me to get my BA in Psychology. ESPECIALLY when I had people say I couldn't do it because of my learning disability (in math, in case you were wondering). And I wasn't really able to go to Grad school like I had wanted because of funds and health issues.

But you know what, I ain't no dummy and I will NOT be pandered to like I am mentally challenged or a four year old simply because of my gender. *RAGE*

And you're damn right I'm gonna be emotional about it because it fills me with rage and righteous indignation. Don't have us crawling backwards after the CENTURIES of us trying to move forward.

I am woman, hear me ROAR!

Sorry, didn't mean to rant...
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 27th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, rant away. I welcome intelligent ranting. (As opposed to vicious or troll ranting, I mean.)

And hey, I don't think anyone *needs* a degree to show they have reading comprehension. :) I just used that as a point to say there is really NO WAY I could have actually gotten through all of that schooling successfully without having that skill. Heh.

r_a_black From: r_a_black Date: March 26th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC) (current file)
Wait, I missed this part: Adams claimed we didn't understand due to lack of reading comprehension? WHAT? MY READING COMPREHENSION SKILLS ARE FIERCE, DON'T EVEN GO THERE.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 27th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, that was in his comment on the feministe website. He's such a douche.
From: lifiawol Date: April 13th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (current file)
For some reason, I can’t see all of this content, stuff keeps hiding? Are you taking advantage of java?

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