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I shouldn't be surprised

…and actually, I’m not quite sure surprise covers my reaction. Outrage is in there, for sure, but there is an element of incredulity.

During the RWI debacle, someone at the SBTB commented that it wouldn’t be long before there were cries from conservatives about how de ghays oppress and bully them–and not shortly after, this comment popped up at Courtney Milan’s blog.

And then, when the furor has calmed down some, someone calling itself SeaLaughing left this screed (without a link, of course): (more…)

Discrimination goes both ways

Okay, so everyone (including me) is up on arms over the fucked up contest rules at Romance Writers Ink.

Over at the SmartBitches, dick is trying to convince someone that it’s not discrimination because people are entitled to their own discomfort. Which is another way of saying “let’s be tolerant of their intolerance,” from where I’m sitting.

Look, for me it’s like this: I don’t read f/f and read very, very little m/m for the same reason I don’t read horror or inspirationals: I don’t feel like it.

And given that I barely have money to buy what I do want to read, I don’t feel very charitable toward anyone who tells me that I should/must buy f/f to demonstrate that I’m not homophobic.

Sorry, but fuck that.

However, there’s rather a wide gap between that and “hey, this is a romance writing contest but GLBT people need not apply.” Why? Because in the past they have found judges more than happy to read and judge such stories with an open mind–open enough to have had GLBT winning stories.

So yeah, that’s bad–fucked up bad.

But there is a further problem, for me.

Several commenters are now blasting Oklahoma and all of its residents as homophobic assholes just because the apparent¹ majority of that RWA chapter made a GLBTphobic decision.

Sorry, guys–one attitude is just as fucked up as the other one.

(Furthermore, it’s a bit reminiscent of those lovely voices that keep chanting, constantly, that all “romance is trash, all romance is porn for women, all romance readers are all fat, delusional women, the romance genre is by its own nature inferior to all other literature” and the like. )

 

If you read Courtney Milan’s post, don’t skip the comments–at the very least, read this amazing one by Tessa Dare. Also, this Facebook post by Suzanne Brockmann.

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¹ I would certainly love to see the numbers of membership, numbers of voting members, etc. for that particular decision.

Spot The Difference…

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Posted in: Carol Lynne, Elloras Cave, gay romance

Blurb from the EC site:

Naughty Nuptials – I Do By Barbara Sheridan , Anne Cain
Accountant Randy Ohara has been alone and lonely since the death of his first and only lover. While in New York to attend his sister’s wedding he develops an instant and strong attraction to an unknown man at a Manhattan nightclub. The desire he feels is surprisingly intense, making Randy realize he’s never wanted another man with such passion before.

It’s even more of a surprise when Randy learns that the stranger he lusts for is none other than Jason Chen, the groom’s widowed father. Randy doesn’t dare make a move on the sexy older man, until the handsome detective reveals a few secrets of his own.

Naughty Nuptials – Feels So Right By Carol Lynne
On his eighteenth birthday, Austin Green’s father kicked him out of the house for his sexual preferences. Now, all grown up, Austin returns home to attend his sister’s wedding.

The evening of the rehearsal dinner, Austin meets the man of his dreams. Tony Rumalati looks to be the perfect man. There’s just one problem. He’s also his soon-to-be brother-in-law’s father.

Although Tony’s been divorced for most of his son’s life, he has yet to find Mr. Right. That may change when he steps into the elevator with Austin. Can these two men survive a weekend of lust, love and bigotry?

Now I know there’s a dearth of original plot devices, and I know that they are part of the same series, but seriously, both heroes get the hots for the groom’s father? Okaaay then…

Thanks to Goddess Grrl for sending me the links!