@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
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.