First of all, my apologies for misusing the term “privilege” in my Chelsea Cain post. I used it as a synonym for “entitlement,” but they actually have different meanings. “Privilege” refers to systemic oppression, which is not what I meant in my post. I’m very sorry for my lack of research (and my embarrassingly small vocabulary), but now that I know the correct meaning I’ll do my best not to misuse it again. This has been a learning experience.
Second, also involving my Chelsea Cain post – it attracted a rebuttal. For the record, I found the post via my WordPress stats, and I knew full well clicking the link that the blogger may have a different opinion to mine. And she does. I accept that, because sharing your own opinion often leads to other people sharing theirs, and disagreeing with yours. With mine.
So I dish out criticism, but can I take it? Turns out I can. Though one particular sentence made my breath and pulse quicken:
“I kind of want to punch him [sic] right now.” –S. M. Carrière
It is unsettling to learn that someone’s thoughts and feelings turn to violence because of something you wrote. But to be honest, I doubt the blogger’s ability to hunt me down and actually punch me in the face…simply because the writer referred to me throughout her piece as “he.” This may be a shock to you, but I am female. Perhaps that isn’t obvious in my blogging, because I type with my fingers and not my lady-parts. [NOTE: The blogger has since been informed of my gender, and has amended her post so it now says, “I kind of want to punch her right now.” So she’s corrected the error she made regarding my gender, but she still “kind of want[s] to punch [me] right now.”]
But the most disturbing thing about today was seeing…[TRIGGER WARNING: Bigotry, racial insensitivity, cultural insensitivity, general offensiveness]…this thread, started by Christy Parks (aka C. L. Parks, who’s published with Rebel Ink Press). The thread is still active (at the time of my blogging this), and Ms. Parks and her friends seem disturbingly proud of “If you’re looking for a politically correct page, you’ve come to the wrong place.” Ms. Parks blocked Emma Petersen, the one person on that thread who asked questions for clarification. Ms. Petersen has screenshots on her Twitter. As yet, no comment from Rebel Ink Press.
P.S. My Chelsea Cain screenshots will disappear on 25th September, when Twitpic (my image host) closes down. I’ve saved the photos to my computer, but may not re-upload on another server later. So be sure to save anything from Twitpic before the deadline.