Updated to add: the book Scalzi complained about is back on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/John-Scalzi-Banned-Never-Burning-ebook/dp/B014U9GDMU
SJWs and feminists (I’ll use SJW to include both for this article) hate and fear the man known as Vox Day, and for very good reason: he can deliver a bitch slap like no other (except maybe Milo Yiannopoulos). Granted, Day would never call what he does to SJWs a ‘bitch slap’ – he is far more sophisticated than that. Drawing on Aristotle’s concepts of dialectic (arguing from reason) and rhetoric (arguing from emotion), Day has done a great public service and published an ebook that has a few SJWs throwing hilarious tantrums:
For those of you who have not been following what’s going on in the Science Fiction/Hugo Awards world, here’s a quick and dirty summary: anyone who pays a $40 fee can become eligible to vote in the Hugo Awards, a prestigious nod in the SciFi community. SJWs have decided that books should be nominated not on the quality of the writing, or how great the story is, but rather, based on identity politics. So a fantastic, gripping, extraordinarily well plotted story rife with beautiful metaphors and language should ignored if the main character is the horrible, dreadful, terrifying cis-gendered white male who battles aliens and saves the world from imminent catastrophe. Instead, poorly plotted, poorly executed stories that feature gay Asians coming out to their families in a boring world where nothing particularly interesting happens should be preferred because there are no gay Asians in Science Fiction!
Ahem. Mr. Sulu would like a word:
Rather than rewarding quality, the Hugo Awards, at the behest of SJW voters, want to award the number of victim-boxes a writer can check off. Quality is irrelevant to the SJWs. This spawned, obviously and predictably, a backlash from writers who want to award great story-telling by talented, innovative, ingenious writers even if those writers can’t claim any victim status at all. The nerve of them! This blowback was called ‘Sad Puppies’, which split into another faction, led by Day, called ‘Rabid Puppies’. The puppies banded their votes together and nominated a slate of talented writers who deserved consideration for the Hugo.
The SJWs threw a hissy, paid $40 in fees en masse and ‘burned the Hugo Awards down’, as Yiannopoulos puts it, by exercising their option to vote ‘no award’. If the gay Asian can’t win, then no one wins. Ooh, clever.
Day has been central to the puppies fight, where he amassed most of his experience battling SJWs, who argue from emotion and refuse all evidence that doesn’t fit the ‘narrative’. His book systematically takes apart their techniques and offers some outstanding suggestions for how to respond. In what amounts to a beautiful irony, Day’s advice can be summarized with a famous feminist axiom:
Of course, that’s back when feminists were actually doing something useful other than hiding in safe spaces coloring in books, eating cookies and watching puppy videos. That’s just a summary, though. The book contains very specific, useful, targeted actions that anyone can take should they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of an SJW attack. Matt Taylor and Tim Hunt were unprepared, and then blindsided with what turns out to be a very predictable strategy on the part of SJWs. Part of the reason the strategy is so predictable is that the SJW narrative is impervious to evidence, so flexibility is not a strength. When facts and evidence do not matter, there is no need to employ a responsive strategy.
Day’s book shot to the top of the Amazon best-seller list, is the #1 best-seller in Political Philosophy and has 159 reviews, with a 4.5/5 rating. The SJW community responded by hastily assembling a 30 page parody of SJWs Always Lie, called John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels, which illustrates exactly what Day outlines in his book: the reference to Scalzi is an attempt to personalize the issues Day brings up so they can attack Day personally, rather than having to address any of his actual arguments.
Par for the course.
John Scalzi was so tickled by the parody, he recorded an audio version of it. Day’s fans turned the tables and released their own parody-of-a-parody John Scalzi Is A Rapist: Why SJWs Always Lie In Bed Waiting For His Gentle Touch; A Pretty, Pretty Girl Dreams of Her Beloved One While Pondering Gender Identity, Social Justice, and Body Dysmorphia, and Scalzi promptly pitched a fit and complained to Amazon. But not before the John Scalzi is a Rapist book climbed higher than the original parody on the best-sellers list.
If you want to know about the rapist comments, Day spends the first Chapter explaining them. Scalzi really did admit to being a rapist:
Seems pretty obvious to me that Scalzi is making the declaration in an attempt to parody what he imagines most rapists are thinking, but he still wrote it. So did I. If someone wants to title a book ‘Janet Bloomfield is a Rapist’, they are welcome to do so. It would just drive traffic to Thought Catalog. Fine with me. Scalzi can dish it out, but he cries like a little bitch when he gets it back.
This whole affair got me thinking about my book, The Fitness Test, and how much I wrote it with an axe to grind: it was deliberately polemical and political. That was the whole intent, but having a political message to convey doesn’t exempt writers from delivering quality. In fact, I would argue that the only way you’re going to get your political message across is by being a master wordsmith. Margaret Atwood comes to mind as an absolute genius at politicizing her literary talent. The Handmaid’s Tale and the Madd Addam trilogy are both works of literary art, and deeply political. Obviously, I am not putting myself in the same league as Atwood, but my whole ‘feminists are whiny, spoiled, entitled narcissists’ message would have fallen utterly flat if I hadn’t also at least aimed for a good story, a fast-paced plot and interesting characters.
And this is really the issue that SJWs miss: there is not a single writer I am aware of who opposes diverse characters in politically charged stories that explore uncommon perspectives, as long as the story is good. And a story has to be much more than merely ‘good’ to be nominated for a Hugo – it has to be fantastic! As usual, SJWs want rewards without effort. They want the medal for showing up. They want to be praised for simply existing.
Well, bullshit. Writing is a craft like any other, and it takes time and effort and perseverance to get good at it. If you want to write a story about a gay Asian coming out to his parents, he’d better be interesting, and engaged in a plotline that compels readers to care about what happens to him, in a world that sparks the imagination of the people you want to hand you money. Paid writing is work. End of story. You don’t just check off a victim-box and call it a day.
Vox Day is an experienced, talented writer millions of readers enjoy. He is a writer worth supporting. I encourage everyone to go to Amazon today and buy one of his books. If SJWs Always Lie isn’t your cup of tea, try A Throne of Bones or A Man Disrupted or Gravity Kills or any of his other books.
If SJWs accomplish anything, let it be putting money in the pockets of writers like Day.
Lots of love,