I think the hardest part of seeing all the fallout from the SFWA Resnick/Malzberg article is that as long as I’ve wanted to write, I’ve wanted to write speculative fiction, and almost as long as I’ve wanted to write SFF, I’ve wanted to join SFWA. It’s one of my “real writer” goals.
To see them give voice to blatant sexist bullshit in the official publication of the group isn’t just sad because it’s more sexist bullshit out there in the world. As a writer, as someone building a career in the field, it’s disenchanting to see that a group made up of people who dream about every possible world, futures both ideal and less so, are being outshone by someone who’d rather spend time keeping his view of the world narrowed to such an ugly little window.
Do Resnick and Malzberg speak for some of the members of SFWA? I’m sure they do. Do they speak for all of them? Of course not. They surely doesn’t speak for most of the female members, nor do Resnick and Malzberg speak ABOUT them with anything like real respect. Every article published in the SFWA Bulletin isn’t going to appeal to all its members. However, it would be nice if, instead of diminishing and degrading the work of the women in its membership with outdated sexist ramblings, the official journal of the organization used that space to talk about the betterment of the genre, the fandom, and the SFF publishing community – something women have had a huge part in, and something deserving of the respect and attention of our colleagues.
The Galaxy Express talks about the Old Boy’s Club here.
Jim C. Hines has a roundup of things here.
Ann Aguire’s thoughts and infuriating personal accounts here.