Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and Creation Museum barker, is the creationist response to the equally annoying blow-hard of atheist circles, Richard Dawkins. They both write a lot of books, give a lot of talks, and are terribly impressed with their own opinion. One big difference, though, is that Mr. Ham has tickets to sell. Currently in the fund-raising phase of his Young-Earth Creationist theme park centered around the Noah’s Ark of Genesis, Mr. Ham penned an opinion piece for Time’s online entity about the newly released bible-based epic, Noah, from director, Darren Aronofsky.
The January 2013 cover of the SFWA Bulletin was the final straw in series of sexist incidents within the ranks of the SFWA. Mr. Truesdale jumps to the defense of artists from the burden of editoral censure. Here, at Red Ink, we are great fans of editorial censure. Alyssa Rosenberg gave an excellent write-up in Slate. After @Femme_Mal alerted us to Dave Truesdale’s 11-page “petition”, containing wikipedia references to Andrew Hamilton, a lengthy email transcript with then-president of the SFWA, a conversation with a real-live lesbian (presumably speaking for all women), and a quote from Charlton Heston. You can read the whole thing HERE, but it is this bit (capped below) that caught our attention.
So, in a bit of a departure from our usual form, we turn our pen to the cover image in question (which Mr. Truesdale very rightly describes as “rather bland and generic”) to answer his question about whether it is quite up to snuff. Is it worthy of gracing the cover of the premier professional publication of the SciFi and Fantasy writing world? Taking Dave at his word, we take a look at the cover as a work of fantasy art. Here, SFWA, let me fix that for you…
Inspiration for this post from this excellent Bikini Armor Bingo. Download the original in PDF form HERE
Thought Catalog, a digital publication that believes “all thinking is relevant”, published this post by Colton Ashbury – a self-described “NYC Writer” who has no other pieces of work attached to this name. Whether this is a pseud or whether he is actually this brand-spanking-new remains to be seen. In an effort to help young Colton on his literary way, we offer these edits. And, in the spirit of his post, we’re not holding anything back. Unlike the site, we at Red Ink do NOT have a “value-neutral editorial policy.” So let me fix that for you, Thought Catalog…
Thanks, as always, to @DrRubidium for the consult.
[NOTE: As Henry Gee remains an employee of Nature, we address these edits to Nature collectively]
A letter to the editors of Nature set off a series of interactions online that culminated in Nature editor, Henry Gee, revealing the identity of pseudonymous blogger, Dr. Isis (if you want to see the whole series of events, get thee to the Google). In the due course of time, Nature and Henry Gee both have issued statements. We at Red Ink hesitate to call them apologies, and they really should be. So, in the interest of being helpful, let me fix that for you…
Senior Nature editor, Henry Gee’s “reflections”:
We, at Red Ink, are a bit frustrated with the language sometimes used in professional correspondence. Kate Clancy posted an email exchange she had regarding a submission for … a thing. Read her original post for context, but the upshot is that she got an invitation, a swift unvitation, and then a reinvitation (Now with extra added pressure!!). The back-and-forth is an object lesson for people that, sometimes, DUDE, we totally know what you’re really saying. So, here, managing editors, let me fix that for you…
And Dr. Clancy’s response (excerpted from her post):
Thanks for thinking of me (or rather, my thanks to PFS). First and most importantly, I am pleased to accept this.
Second, I am struggling to figure out how to say this, but I am going to be honest. If you want more women, telling the women you are inviting that you’ve been told you have to have more women, particularly said in a way that implies you are being forced to do it rather than are aware of and eager to eliminate gender disparities, does not promote a welcome environment for women. I hope you realize the impact of your statement towards those you invite, regardless of what was likely a benign intent.
After some lobbying on the part of Prominent Female Scientist, who suggested Dr. Clancy participate in the first place, this:
James Franco, actor, novelist, a bunch of other stuff, with degrees in English from two major universities, is a regular contributor over at Vice.com. His latest is a review of Blackfish**… or is it a critique… or a review… or a CRITIQUE??? It’s hard to say. Which is the problem. So, here you go, James Franco, let me fix that for you.
**This edit is neither in support nor a critique of Blackfish (ironically). At the time of this posting, Blackfish is available for viewing on Netflix.
Joe Hanson, host of the PBS webseries “It’s Okay to be Smart”, created a video that depicted (using bobblehead dolls) Albert Einstein harassing and then assaulting Marie Curie**. Then Joe apologized. Ish.
Richard Dawkins had an unfortunate incident with airport security. You can read his original post, My honey trap: why doesn’t anyone believe in public-spirited concern?, wherein he relates the event in great detail, and has the opportunity to ponder the meaning of it all.