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ATTN: This post is going to be public for a week or so only, since my paperwork is going in for the big move soon. But I don't want to be accused of wanking in private or anything.

Just a hint: one post, talking about the issues the poster has with a story, in the poster's OWN JOURNAL, in order to let the member's of that LJ-er's flist know about issues in a fic that may be triggering or offensive, is not in any way "a fucking gang-rape." (Direct quote from the link. Warning: the following paragraph at that link contains language that may be triggering.)

I'm going to c&p here, in case of deletion. A lot of deletion has happened already, and [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany has disabled comments on the post I'm linking.

There is such a thing as 'wank' in fandom, okay, but this is not wank. This is a fucking gang-rape.

...Yes. Attacked from behind, without warning, by a mob of angry and violent people, and being violated for a perceived 'offense' that I had not known I was committing. Sorry to anyone 'triggered' by that comparison, but it is precise, and correct.


This is in response to ONE POST by [livejournal.com profile] sinous_curve. There is no mob here. There was one post by one person who was personally offended. I am also personally offended. I am cis-gendered, but I am also a human. I too started reading that fic and could not finish it. I did not comment on the post, because I didn't want to spend any more time dealing with that issue, or that fic. But Being able to walk away and not deal with it is a level of privilege I need to address. So I'm saying: that fic was problematic, to say the least. The assumption that [livejournal.com profile] sinuous_curve a) had a responsibility to alert [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany to hir post on the fic and" b) had a responsibility to tell [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany all the ways in which the fic was offensive.

What about [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany's responsibility to do some research first? What about [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany's responsibility to avoid using misogynistic situations and characterizations in order to propel her plot, without properly ensuring that she does (and the reader is meant to, as she says in her post) indeed view those situations and characterizations as problematic? What about [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany's responsibility to ensure that she takes the criticism of her betas and her readers to heart, and tries to learn and grow?

Now, as to the language used in her post: WHAT THE HELL. That is so far out of line. There is never ever any time when you should compare ONE POST (at the time of that post, as far as I know, and please correct me if I'm wrong) addressing LEGITIMATE CONCERNS to being violently sexually assaulted. End. Full stop. I don't feel like I need to say much more, because THAT IS WRONG. You are WRONG and OUT OF LINE, [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany, and I am personally offended. Often on LJ and during these type of discussions, people (and I include myself in this) tend to take an objective position in order to present reaction without emotional attachment. Well, I don't think being emotional or personal about this makes my reaction any less valid. I am personally offended. This is an offensive thing to have said. You, personally, [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany, have done something offensive.

ETA: In the interests of full disclosure, I did let [livejournal.com profile] sinuous_curve know about this entry before it went up but as [livejournal.com profile] randomepiphany says in her post that "An email to me@randomepiphany.com may reach me, but I doubt I'll answer. Meanwhile, I'm out of here.", I figured I wouldn't waste my time. Just FYI.
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