25 Jul

Letter sent to RWA

I’m sure I’m “grouping” wrong, but I figure the whole point of joining an organization is to participate and have my say in how it’s run. Accordingly, I sent the following email to the board of RWA to counterbalance whatever alternative point of view they’re currently receiving:

I came back to RWA just recently only because I believe the organization is trying to move in the right direction at long last.

Add my voice to the pile of support for more diversity, more equality, more opportunity, more inclusion, and more fucking swearing about injustice wherever it arises.

Pearl-clutching dinosaurs who demand that a group of mostly women play nice, maintain the status quo, and not offend any delicate sensibilities do not speak for me, my daughter, my readers, or any woman I consider a friend and ally. We are the blazing comet that’s going to wipe out the cold-blooded in this lifetime. They are cordially invited to either evolve or go extinct.

If RWA continues to move forward, I’ll happily remain a member. If it’s allowed to regress because progress makes historically privileged members itchy, I’ll leave it again to the fossils.

I feel melodramatic, but sometimes my heart does that to me.

7 comments on “Letter sent to RWA

  1. I love melodramatic Ren, but she was uncharacteristically restrained here with the bold, italics, and ALL CAPS. I could have sworn you posted a saltier letter earlier.

    • I did, addressed to the dinosaurs who kept contacting me under the misguided impression I would ever sympathize with their plight, but the thing is, THOSE people are not the ones who will see it. They’re obviously not looking me up to find out if I’m like-minded first. They’re just pulling email addresses from the member rolls and spamming people. So what I had here was a big “fuck off” that was an ineffective deterrent for the people I want to fuck off out of my inbox, and everybody else doesn’t need to be exposed to that. It’s better to keep responding to them individually with the “dream the impossible dream and keep fucking off forever” sentiment. Or, in some cases, “LOL I was one of the mods who banned your bigoted ass from that writing loop back in 2009/2012/2015.”

      This new medication is eroding the filters between me and my feelings, and the world isn’t ready for what lies in that eldritch abyss. (I edited SO MUCH hostility out of this comment, and it still looks like this.) I need a browser plugin that forces a mandatory 4-week cooling-off period before I’m allowed to put words online.

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