A very simple statement
A very simple crime
A lot of grief reflecting in how we spend our time
I want to change things
I want to make a change
I’m tired of spending time agonizing yesterdays
The Motels ~ Shame
I told Jason about the Lambda Literary deally. You know what he said? They’re idiots!
See, that’s how two gay guys married for years actually communicate their “real life” experience as an oppressed minority in our household. No paragraphs of heartfelt searching and attempting to understand the other side.
Just “they’re idiots” will do.
I am getting so tired of hearing about “the rise of straight women writing m/m fiction written by straight women for straight women”.
Honestly, you all can have whatever shame induced opinion you want about what you write or read but I for one am getting a tad pissed off about being lumped in with a bunch of “straight women” who are probably not even fucking all that god damned straight… (Where are you lesbians out there?) I swear, it’s like I am some fake gay man doing abnormal crap in the night like actually enjoying Josh Lanyon stories (OMG! and not giving a flying fuck about his gender and why the fuck did anyone even bring that old crap up again? He told you he was a guy. Don’t you listen? He’s been using that pen name since 2000 so I don’t think he’s hiding from anyone… er um well, maybe not when he started using it. *note to self: Tell Josh he’s evil but his plan is brilliant*) or liking J.L. Langley who “says” she is a straight women since she has kids and a husband (OMG! maybe she is lying to me too! J.L. Langley is actually a gay porn star from New Jersey!)
Who the hell gives a shit?
First off, if you want an opinion worth something I strongly suggest having an “informed opinion”. Yes, actually look stuff up and read it and hey, maybe look up Josh Lanyon’s bibliography while you are at it! My own reading shows there was Patricia Nell Warren and Mary Renault who were writing Gay Fiction long before anyone ever used the term Gay Lit around me at least. I just call it all Gay Fiction or Gay Romance myself. I only use M/M or M/F or even M/M/F, which is different than M/F/M, for really crappy shorthand when I don’t feel like typing out a paragraph about what I fucking mean. I am wrong in doing that. Can we all agree that M/M is a candy and M/F stands for Mother Fucker?
More to the point can we all agree that “women” straight or gay or bi or black or white have been writing Gay Fiction or Gay Romance and helping create the very foundation for Gay Lit long before there ever was such a thing? I find the latest crap coming out of Lambda Literary more tinged with sexism and I tell you as an old gay guy I get the old “Gay’s hate women cooties” feeling from it more than about elevating gay writers. That’s how I read their little statement and that is how I see it and fuck them.
I really hope “women” as a group who have contributed so much to this discussion, from Mary Renault to Marion Zimmer Bradley to fucking Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, stick up for themselves more and tell off these assholes blatantly implying all these “women” are all somehow “not normal” or something for not caring about the gender of the love story or the writer writing it and enjoying Gay Romance.
Just “they’re idiots” will do.