Links: Chuck Wendig on Sexism and Misogyny in Writing & Publishing

25 Things To Know About Sexism & Misogyny in Writing & Publishing

This, its initial triggers and fallout caused quite a stir in writing circles. Sometimes even for the right reasons, as Chuck speaks with truth and passion.

It was therefore followed up by:

Challenging Responses to Sexism & Misogyny

Wherein Chuck responds to his detractors. On the accusation that having solid female characters “doesn’t serve the story”, he responds:

I hate this excuse. I hate it like I hate the DMV, hemorrhoids, airline travel delays, and bad coffee. I hate it because it suggests that writers are not in control of their own stories, that they are merely conduits for some kind of divine unicorn breath, some heady Musefart that they can’t help but gassily breathe onto the page. I AM VESSEL. STORY IS LOA.

I hate it because it absolves you of ever having to change anything — whether that means changing a character’s race or sex or even just making edits to improve a story.

I hate it because it allows you to rely on lazy crutches, institutional biases, stereotypical culture patterns, and a whole lot of horrible shit-ass storytelling.

I hate it because it excuses you from making effort or taking responsibility.

Amen, Chuck.

See also: The Sexy Lamp Test.

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