When I first learned that Orson Scott Card was homophobic, I subscribed to the “but it doesn’t affect his writing!” view. This was while the “Shadow” series was coming out, and while it was pulpy and inconsistent with the original Ender series, I enjoyed it well enough… it was like decent quality fan fic of the Enderverse, basically.
But then I got to a point in one of the books (Shadow of the Hegemon, maybe?) where the protagonist, who up until that point had been determined that his genetically engineered traits should die with him, realizes that he MUST breed. Why? Because he’s had a flash of his super-intuition—which the books thus far have demonstrated gives him infallible if somewhat random insight—that the point of life is to find someone of the opposite sex to reproduce with, and anyone who denies this is sick in the mind and any happiness they claim to feel is a lie or delusion.
You know what that is?
That is Orson Scott Card’s views on human sexuality, inserted into the middle of the novel as Unassailable Fact.
In the Enderverse, Orson Scott Card’s views on heterosexual supremacy and the ill/deranged status of anyone who isn’t a married sexually active heterosexual are CANON.
That book is on a very short list of books I didn’t finish reading. Usually it’s physically painful for me to put down a book unfinished for long. This one made me sick to my stomach to continue reading.
I’ve posted about this before and had people rush to tell me that the scene in question wasn’t “about” gay people, it was about the protagonist and his needs. Well, yes, but unless we believe that this one intuitive flash alone was wrong, the book establishes that his needs are the needs of every human being. And no, it’s not “about” gay people… it’s about straight people. Orson Scott Card doesn’t believe that gay people exists. You know how some fundamentalist Christians don’t believe anyone doesn’t believe in Christ and their God, we’re all just naughty children who are pretending not to out of spite? That’s how Orson Scott Card views queer people. And in the world of Ender’s Game, he’s right.
Think about how… for lack of a better word… childish a writer has to be to set up a multi-book plot arc that culminates in the phlebotinum of his imaginary universe proving him right. He out Randed Ayn Rand.
And once that really blatant example was in front of my face, I realized that wasn’t the only time that the idea that there’s an inexorable force that draws men and women together to form babbies and it cannot be safely denied cropped up in his writing. Just never as blatantly.
Today, being a bit more mature and knowing what I know of the extent of his activities, I would have stopped reading him even if I could believe that his writing isn’t affected by his views. But Orson Scott Card the homophobe doesn’t stop being Orson Scott Card the homophobe when he puts on his writer’s hat. When you read his work, you are reading homophobic works.
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silverprism asked: How about when the next election strolls by, myself and other cis liberals decide to vote republican? Will you miss our voices when you get oppressed for another 4 years? Just because you know most people wouldn't change their vote over a petty thing like "getting back at you", just think about that for a moment before you decide you don't give a shit what cis people think, the majority of the voters.
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Wow no self-awareness.
There is no argument that can be made to justify the killing of Renisha McBride as Whites ride under the protection of the obliviousness created by White privilege and a justice system that exists to uphold White supremacy, not fairness and certainly not justice.
I have been accosted by drunk White men and recently had my privacy invaded at home by a random White woman, which I wrote about here: Unlike Renisha McBride, A White Woman Came To My Door (Not Even For Help) And Lived Another Day. I did not murder any of them. Whites have spit on my life since childhood and I have not taken a life and most certainly not for someone knocking on my door. Yet Whites I’ve seen who seem to cheer her death have the audacity to attempt righteous indignation about her toxicology report released to the media for mass use even as “54 year old homeowner” has replaced this man’s name? Whites are really trying to have righteous indignation regarding alcohol? Do they know what they are like when drunk? Do they know the chaos they cause? Do they know the hell of dealing with them in a corporate workspace, college campus, restaurant or neighborhood when drunk? The entitlement and White privilege plus lack of inhibition? The hell that causes people.
A murder victim is being treated as a criminal. Still no charges filed and she’s already been buried. Yet the smear campaign against her continues and the quasi-anonymity for the killer continues. In a White supremacist society, Black victims are treated like criminals and Black criminals are treated like animals.
And since a part of White supremacy includes the toddler-like nature that many Whites approach race with, all of your derailment and excuses are covered here so no need to add them to my post: I don’t care if “all” Whites are not like this; no I am not the “real” racist; no, Black people aren’t racist towards you; no, racism isn’t just insults; no, this incident is not isolated; no, this is not about drones or President Obama—mentioned as a way for you to erase what has happened here; no this is not about the White supremacist label “Black on Black” crime that you think Black people are “happy” about, when most crime is intraracial (including “White on White” crime) and Black people who harm Whites pay heavily when Whites who harm Black people do not; and no, this is not about some “generic” issue where “anyone” is capable of doing badly. Race cannot be erased from a history that used our blood as its ink for its story.
I am tired of even having to write a disclaimer on my posts because your White supremacist petulance includes a lack of critical thinking, lack of boundaries, repetition of easily refuted derailment and a lack of self-control. I am…tired. I cannot even have a conversation on something like this—which is so stressful already—without having to address bigots every step of the way. Fuck you for this.
Anyway, some important information/links:
- Vigil: In Detroit, Saturday, 11/16/13, 4:00pm
- Demand Justice: Dearborn Heights Police Dept - (313) 277-6770
- Petition: Color of Change - Demand justice for Renisha McBride
- Petition: MoveOn - Treat Wayne Co. Prosecutors Office: Treat Renisha McBride’s death as a crime
- Petition: US Human Rights Network - Petition to bring Renisha McBride’s killer to justice
- Justice For Renisha McBride on Facebook
- Democracy Now: with dream hampton discussing the case
- Voices of Detroit: independent paper with story on the case
All of my posts on this are tagged under her name: Renisha McBride
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