What are you doing?
This latest firestorm regarding gender in the genre is unbelievable to me. I know that this is nothing new, but it’s the first I’ve actually witnessed first hand and I can’t believe what I’m seeing.
Is he a she? Is she a he? I have a better question. Why does it matter? Why is it anyone’s right, author or reader, to know the answer to the question?
Are we really doing panty checks before buying books? Am I really supposed to give a flying fuck if AJ Llewellyn sits to pee? Or if Josh Lanyon stands? Who has a penis, who doesn't? And who flippin cares? Are they writing books with it? If they are, I might care because that would be damn impressive.
This is utterly riduclous. Not to mention shameful.
What about the female authors? How do I know they are really female? Shouldn’t we be checking their panties as well? *gasp* What if they really have a penis hiding in there? What about the trans writers? What are you going to classify them as? And who decides the validity of their claim?
What a bunch of bullshit this all is.
Why is this even an issue? I don’t understand. I’ve seen the words deception and exploitation thrown around. How about the word hypocrite? Every author out there is using a pseudo. If they aren't, they should be. There’s a lot of whack jobs out there, authors, readers alike, hell, the general public as a whole is packed plumb full of nutjobs. A pseudo should be used. As far as pseudo matching gender, I have a hard time understanding… if you use a female pen name and you’re a woman, or male pen name and are a man, you are more righteous …why? You’re still hiding behind a false name. Who you show me online is NOT all of the "real" you. And what about pictures? A lot of authors don’t use faces, a lot use book covers for profile pics…hmm… I don’t think they really look like that. Let’s lynch ‘em!
I don’t get it. When I buy a book, I am owed only one thing by that author. A good book. I want my monies worth for the book I bought. I’m not owed answers on their gender. I’m not owed details on their sexual orientation. I’m not owed a head shot, info on who their sleeping with, details of their real lives, where they work, grew up, kids names, nothing. I am owed $10 bucks worth of good fucking book. That is all.
I’m seeing witch hunts all over. I’m seeing authors defend themselves by trying to “prove” they aren’t “misleading” anyone. It makes me sad and it pisses me off. Here’s an idea. Instead of being the panty police on gender patrol, why doesn’t the M/M community come together to further itself instead of trying to bully each other, name call and “out” authors. Why don’t authors just write their books, and readers just read them, come together and make the community flourish and grow.
Dear authors, male, female, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, or visitors from fucking mars, please just continue to write me the books you write. Please don't let the fuckwits get you down. Hold your heads up high, all of you... and make good book.
All my love,
Dear those who want to have a panty policing gender patrol party, an author's name, life, gender, sexual orientation and all the rest is... nunya.
Nunya fukkin' business.
Fuckwittery running amuck. Enough already.
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