The following discussion was seen on G+, where a significant portion of the most interesting discussions on the internet is taking place outside the view of most of SF/F fandom. The impetus for the discussion was GenCon’s list of Featured Presenters for 2016, which consisted of 50 percent women, and 10 percent people you’ve heard of. Blogs such as gomakemeasammich (Google it yourself, we don’t link to whiners here) were lamenting that this huge win was actually a sign of how bad things are because all too many people questioned the wisdom of putting no-names, activists, and community organizers on panels at a game convention instead of, you know, actual game designers and writers.
At any rate, Misha Burnett (linked to because we do link to excellent writers here) hit a grand slam, out of the park home run with this observation about the insidious forces at work within the culture:
Jeffro’s shot is included as a firm endorsement. I’m honored to play a small role in the fight to retake ground from the perennial sourpusses that have come to dominate our modern culture.
Note also that conversations like this flourish in areas where the SJWs have very little penetration. Some social media sites are going to be a lot harder for them to converge than others.