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Inclusion Linkfest

My thanks to everyone who contributed links and suggestions for posts about inclusion in fandom and SF/F. There were a lot of suggestions, far more than I could squeeze into a single blog post. Which means 1) I’ll have to try to come back and do a Part II to this, and 2) I found myself in the position of having to pick and choose.

I’m not happy about #2. As a member of the most included groups in SF/F, it’s uncomfortable to feel like I’m filtering what people should read about diversity and inclusiveness in our community. But I’ve done my best. For anyone who wants more, all of the suggested links are in the comments of the original post on my site and LiveJournal.

It’s Amazing the Things We Know, that are Actually Wrong, by Kate Elliot. “How unrealistic a more “diverse” story will seem to a reader or writer whose views of the past are mired in these sorts of errors. How flawed, even though it actually isn’t. Attempts to add “diversity” into such a scenario then remain trapped in the same box, regardless of the axis of diversity: The “diversity” becomes an ornamental or utilitarian element being forced onto the “real” underpinnings of the world (which remain in such a case as the default male, white, Western, straight, whatever), rather than being an intrinsic part of the creation.”

Octavia Butler’s Descendants: Diversity in Science Fiction (Video), by Nalo Hopkinson. Ironically, the introduction text opens by talking about how science fiction and fantasy is “about as inclusive as it comes,” before transitioning into Hopkinson’s argument about racial and gender diversity.

Oh, Fandom and Your “Inclusiveness,” by SL Huang. On geek cred, geek girls, and why all of the anger and vitriol about “fake” geeks seems to be directed at women…

Inclusivity and Exclusivity in Fiction: Aliette de Bodard on Crossing Over. “It’s all but inevitable that someone within a group will perceive it in different terms than someone outside a group: it’s what I call ‘insider’ writing vs ‘outsider’ writer. There are two different problems: who is writing this, and for whom it is intended.”

Read These Before Engaging. A collection of links about race and privilege and diversity and unexamined assumptions.

The Hotel Rant, by Mari Ness. Some commenters asked or talked about what conventions should be looking at in terms of choosing accessible hotels for disabled attendees. Read this post. Also, you might want to follow http://access-fandom.dreamwidth.org/

What About When Something is Offensive AND Amusing? by Renee Martin. “It is commonplace to argue that “that’s not funny” because it’s offensive (now, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it’s just plain vile, or sometimes we’re just so outraged and sickened by it that the very idea of it being funny is boggling to us). And it’s awkward because sometimes we use it even when we don’t believe it – even when we are tempted to crack a smile. Because we have an idea that somehow, if it is funny, it is not offensive…”

Radical Inclusiveness: or, Why Hufflepuff is the Best House, by Nightsky. Talking about inclusiveness in Harry Potter and Doctor Who both. And this is one of the reasons I love fandom. (The entire Doctor Her site was also recommended on general principles.)

The “Fannish Enough” Question, by Cheryl Morgan. “Why can’t it be the case that people who are ‘not fannish enough’ are not those who fail to adhere to any particular narrow definition of what fans should be, but rather people who fail to accept that fandom is a diverse and wonderful community, in which we all have a place?”

Women Are Geeks, Too, by Sylvia Sybil. Examining many of the ways women are made to feel excluded from fandom, as well as providing links to examples of inclusiveness as well.

Things People Need to Understand, issue 223.2, by N. K. Jemisin. “We have to shed this idea that SFF is somehow special. That it is perfect. That it is in any way better than the mainstream society from which it derives. It isn’t. And in fact, SFF’s manifest unwillingness to examine itself is one of the things that makes it worse than the mainstream.  I and people I care about keep getting accused of having some kind of agenda, whenever we express a demand for some kind of positive change. So OK. You know what it is? Lean close. Here’s the secret. Here’s the goal of the big shadow conspiracy…”

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Great links. I look forward to seeing your part II.
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Nov. 27th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Yep. Fixed now, thank you.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting these! I read through a lot of the links shared in the comments on the original post. Thanks for providing a good avenue for people to talk about these things.
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting set: thank you. (There is also the whole issue of American exceptionalism and how it excludes others by insisting we are what the US is/thinks we are, but I can't think of a good single piece on it to link to -- it tends to upset people and posts get locked or taken down.)
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
If you happen to find one, please let me know and I'd love to signal-boost it here!
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
There was an excellent piece some years ago by a friend of mine on this, but I can't find it -- I will check with her if she has archived it and if she's okay with having it linked.
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
When the whole Fake Geeks thing blew up I got into a brief conversation with some guy where I asked him why, you know, every time this happened it seemed to be exclusively targeted at women and whether there were any counterexamples that he knew of.

The resulting flounce was truly epic. Apparently I was accusing him of misogyny, which, um. Oh well.
Nov. 28th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Because by asking the question, you're TOTALLY ATTACKING ALL THE MENS!!!
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