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Another tell-tale sign you're dealing with radical gay feminism as the core doctrine in the SFF community is you hear (mostly women) people talk about "agency." Agency isn't as simple as giving a woman something meaningful to do in a story but once again comes to us from Jacques Derrida and the poststructualists via Judith Butler. The idea is that through repetition, the presence of women - in a book for example - will eventually work to include women in every nook and cranny of literature and then society through a type of linguistic and visual normalization. Reality is produced by consciously willing it into being and is seen as a revolutionary and subversive act to break the chains of societal constraint. However this corrupt idea would mean that the last 7,000 years of history may well have seen a matriarchy rather than a male dominated world if woman had chanced on the idea of using societal illusions to ensure their dominance instead of men. In that case it would've been oppressed men willing themselves where they were not through repetition until they became fully equal to women. It's no surprise that we once again encounter a self-contradictory idea that is more about (literally) wishful thinking and convenience than reality. Fifty years after the feminist revolution freezer warehouses across the nation are still virtually 100% men. The truth is that men have innate diverse, aggressive and wide-ranging interests that have nothing to do with willing them into reality. The idea that cultures separated by oceans all stumbled onto the illusory secret of oppressing women through heterosexuality and convincing them they can't be equal is daffy.
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For myself, I make a clear distinction between "politics" and hatred. No matter which side you're on when it comes to abortion, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, communism and a host of other societal expressions, they are legitimate dialogues. Demonizing people because of their ethnic heritage, sex or sexual expression is neither "politics" nor legitimate. You cannot demonize whites for Jim Crow, slavery or Japanese internment in WW II any more than you can demonize Arabs for terrorism, blacks for crime or gay folks for pedophilia for the simple reason so many had nothing to do with those things. We live in the 21st century and pretending any group which ever benefited from racial prejudice or war should have a shoe fitted to them forever is stupid. There may have been actual and real ethnic privilege at times in history for whites, Japanese or Arabs but there is no reason to spread that beyond their historic boundaries and freeze them in place or drag them far into the past or future. That is simply hatred. What social justice warriors in SFF do on their Twitter feeds with old headlines about Nelson Mandela or black riots in America is no different than obsessively posting stories every week about Japanese atrocities in China. Talking about historic crime and freezing it in place are two different things. One doesn't slap Japanese and German tourists but intersectionalists essentially single out straight white males for that special sort of attention and call it "social justice." All the toxicity in SFF isn't about "politics" but can be traced back to one single thing: the demonization of people based on what they were the day they were born. Eliminate that, kick out the bigots hiding behind "politics" by using SFF convention rules about harassment and this divide would be over tomorrow. There have been divisions in SFF about actual and real "politics" for 100 years, and they have never produced the divide we see today. That's because that divide wasn't based on a photograph, nor the literature for that matter.