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Saturday, March 26, 2016

A review of "Safe Space as Rape Room"

Lela Buis reviews the series:
This work is an expose about pedophilia within the SFF community. It’s posted by Castalia House in five parts on their website, plus three appendices for supplementary information. Like most people, I’ve been aware that particular members of the community had a dark side to their reputations, but this is an eye-opener. I’m impressed by the author’s integrity, and the challenges he brings about dealing with the problems. The law is the law, and everyone needs to observe it, regardless of their personal philosophies.

The only issue I have with this is that it gets sidetracked with attacks on John Scalzi as past president of the SFWA, and others, as enablers. However overwrought the charges, I have to admit Daniel does have a point with some of these complaints. I’m tempted to say this series should be required reading, but readers should keep in mind that Castalia House has an axe to grind, especially with Scalzi.

Four stars.
For me, the most damning thing has been the reaction to the series on the part of the SF community. Instead of grasping that they have a serious and ongoing problem on their hands, they have tried to minimize the extent of the problem, claim that it is just a few bad apples, and resolutely ignore the indications that there are more bad apples still active in their midst.

It's not important that many of the people associated with Castalia House harbor contempt for SF fandom. What is important are the facts of the matter. And it is disingenuous, in the extreme, to claim that they have done anything but attempt to sweep the latest revelations under the carpet as fast as possible.

Contrast the claims of the Pedofilers at File 770 that the series is either old, irrelevant news or circumstantial evidence versus Ms. Buis's statement that it is "an eye-opener". While "Safe Space as Rape Room" is neither definitive nor conclusive, it is a very important first step in discovering just how pervasive the sickness in science fiction is and putting an end to it.

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60 Comments:

Anonymous Wyrd March 26, 2016 2:34 PM  

Hell has a not-particularly-safe space reserved for child rapists.

Anonymous Rolf March 26, 2016 2:42 PM  

I have to admit, the per-fan amount of popcorn we'll need if that (or Moira's writing) makes the final Hugo ballot will almost rival the per-voter quantities this year's national election will require. Any more heads exploding and they'll be forced to do a "Scanners" remake.

Anonymous LurkingPuppy March 26, 2016 2:57 PM  

@Lela Buis: The law is the law, and everyone needs to observe it, regardless of their personal philosophies.

Uh, no. Screwing kids is wrong. It wouldn't be any better if it were legal, or even required by law.


@VD: Contrast the claims of the Pedofilers at File 770 that the series is either old, irrelevant news or circumstantial evidence

As if being circumstantial made it not evidence.

Blogger Josh March 26, 2016 3:11 PM  

Uh, no. Screwing kids is wrong. It wouldn't be any better if it were legal, or even required by law.

There is law and there is The Law.

Anonymous Zimmerman March 26, 2016 3:14 PM  

Until this post, I've never considered the parallels between SF-SJWs and American LEOs.

Blogger Dexter March 26, 2016 3:19 PM  

If you hate the facts, attack the source.

"This book is wrong because Vox."

Blogger Kona Commuter March 26, 2016 3:20 PM  

I think that Milo Yiannopoulos said that "they" would be trying to make paedophilia acceptable / legal.

From my research the "elite" are really into child abuse. There's plenty of evidence out there and to be honest it disturbed me to such an extent that I had to stop. There's plenty of reports about UN troops abusing children as well as Contractors in Iraq. There was that US special forces guy fighting a dishonourable discharge because he rescued a child chained to the bed of an Afghani commander (giving him a hiding in the process). Imagine that? Being kicked out of the military because you couldn't ignore the screams of a child being raped in a tent next to you?

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 26, 2016 3:20 PM  

It's the way they deal with their problem. That is what makes them really malignant. Pretending that an issue like this isn't an issue. The scope of their hypocrisy is truly breathtaking.

Their view of some things that just aren't discussed. "We will all pretend that we worship Chip Delany even though almost none of could finish Dhalgren. He's black and he's gay, that makes him incredibly high status for us with the cool people. We can point to him and say, he's important in the field. And we dont' mention anything...else."

Loneliness infected every facet of their lives. Sex was limited to self help. No one shared their interests or if they did, those people had the damn good sense to keep that shit to themselves. Sharing those interests with nerds was nowhere near worth the ensuing pariah status in high school.

When the Cons came along, these defectives could wrap themselves in a world where they could pretend that they were secret kings. The Identity of the TrueFen was established along with their lords and leaders the SMOFs. It was their safe space. It was their only social outlet It was their escape.

Their real lives were lived entirely in support of this secret identity. An identity that gave them worth and eased the pain of loneliness. The real world turned into the Mundane World and became even more hated than it was before.

And the secret horror beyond imaging was being forced out of it. The SMOFs had that power.

So what happens when a SMOF turns out to be an unspeakable abomination?


Anonymous Cheddarman of Christendom March 26, 2016 4:31 PM  

A brilliant Christian author named leAnne Payne wrote about pedophelia being a cannibalistic compulsion. One reason cannibals eat people is that they will take on the special traits of the person they eat. The pedophile is attempting to regain youth and innocence by molesting a child.

Anonymous #1037 March 26, 2016 4:53 PM  

Is there a formal term for downplaying valid charges because the accuser dislikes the accused? Why would that even matter? And what if the accuser does hate the accused, but it's BECAUSE the accused is a vile evildoer?

Blogger Michael Maier March 26, 2016 4:53 PM  

The RCC, Hollyweird, the politicians on planes with Clinton, are all the elites into child rape?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 26, 2016 5:19 PM  

Cheddarman of Christendom wrote:A brilliant Christian author named leAnne Payne wrote about pedophelia being a cannibalistic compulsion. One reason cannibals eat people is that they will take on the special traits of the person they eat. The pedophile is attempting to regain youth and innocence by molesting a child.

Who fucking cares? Drown them and be done with it.

#1037 wrote:Is there a formal term for downplaying valid charges because the accuser dislikes the accused?
Argumentum ad hominem, mala fides

Anonymous Steve March 26, 2016 5:44 PM  

Cataline - We will all pretend that we worship Chip Delany even though almost none of could finish Dhalgren

Pretty much what I suspected.

I've never read Dhalgren, because a) paedo and b) it sounds like shit, but it seems to be the most famous least influential sci fi novel of all time.

Just pretentious, status-signalling PoMo bollocks, like the works of James Joyce or Ayn Rand's fictional "The Gallant Gallstone".

See also: Octavia Butler.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 26, 2016 5:47 PM  

It's not important that many of the people associated with Castalia House harbor contempt for SF fandom.

In my case, contempt constitutes maybe 2% of the final mixture. The larger component is visions of filling buckets with their eyes and tongues.

Moderates take note, that fence you're sitting on won't be there forever.

Blogger Krul March 26, 2016 5:48 PM  

LurkingPuppy wrote:@VD: Contrast the claims of the Pedofilers at File 770 that the series is either old, irrelevant news or circumstantial evidence

As if being circumstantial made it not evidence.


I don't know why people assume that when it comes to evidence, "circumstantial" = "bad". The legacy of courtroom drama TV, I guess. It only means that some reasoning is required to infer from the evidence that the crime was committed, unlike direct evidence in which no inference is needed.

Fingerprints found at the scene of a crime, for example, are circumstantial evidence.

Source

Anonymous Wooly Phlox (ex-Taqiyy. It was time.) March 26, 2016 6:11 PM  

@15 Krul

A tangent, but: Leftist journos are just now beginning to use the phrase "...since the turn of the century..." to describe the invasion of Minneapolis/St. Paul, fawningly telling us plebes how long they've been there.

Doesn't that phrase just conjure up images of telegraphs and bicycles with giant front wheels?

Anonymous Wooly Phlox March 26, 2016 6:14 PM  

I hope next year's Hugos include the current "SJW Anti-Malware Update" as a submission.

All the words and phrases we're not allowed to say any more, in a gigantic PDF.

Anonymous Wooly Phlox March 26, 2016 6:20 PM  

SJW Anti-Malware Update 2016 Now Bigger than Encyclopedia Britannica!

Subtitle: All the Words and Phrases and Ideas That Might Hurt Us.

It would be more than 50 hard-cover volumes in size, if printed and bound.

Anonymous JSJ March 26, 2016 6:28 PM  

"While "Safe Space as Rape Room" is neither definitive nor conclusive,"

Oh. Never mind, then.

Blogger bw March 26, 2016 6:30 PM  

they have tried to minimize the extent of the problem

Tranlation: They are Liars, Project, and Quintuple down.

But we couldn't have known that for decades around here.

Anonymous Wooly Phlox March 26, 2016 6:32 PM  

"If You Were Definitive and also Conclusive, My Love"

Anonymous GleninTenn March 26, 2016 7:10 PM  

Creepy parallel between the claim of SFF pedos as "outliers" and "radical" Islam.

When the entire community culture enables rather than calling out, it's no longer "radicals", it's normative and endemic.

Anonymous Hans Kammler, died many times differently! March 26, 2016 7:35 PM  

Many of your blog readers are probably not up to date about recommended sexual practices for certain occupied Central European country, by its 'Ethics Council'.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-ethics-council-calls-for-incest-between-siblings-to-be-legalised-by-government-9753506.html

Blogger Zimri March 26, 2016 7:39 PM  

Ah yes, Octavia Butler, author of "Fledgling". I had respect for her once as a critic of SF (from the "Dune" miniseries's DVD). But the woman had serious personal demons.

Blogger The Other Robot March 26, 2016 7:44 PM  

Seems she squeezed it in between The politics of multiculturism and More on multiculturism as policy.

Anonymous John Steed March 26, 2016 7:56 PM  

I haven`t commented on this topic before. To awful. Anyway, maybe this is old news, but do you remember the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman) back in the day and wondered what happened to them? In a `13 auto-bio Feldman relates how one night an agent of theirs gave them both cocaine and when they were stoned out of their minds, rented out their bodies to pedos by the hour. This happened twice, once at a house party and again on a film set. They told their folks and while Feldman`s got him help, Haim`s only cared about the money and so the abuse went on. No wonder he became a full blow coke-head offing himself down the road.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 26, 2016 8:28 PM  

@13 Steve

I tried reading it in college because I was young to believe it when I was told a book was "important. I trudged my way through about three quarters of it but it proved impossible to finish.

The good reads drones give it a 3.9. B&N is less generous at 3.6. Amazon is about the same.

The really funny thing about the positive reviews is that it's obvious they didn't read the book.

Anonymous BGKB March 26, 2016 8:43 PM  

should keep in mind that Castalia House has an axe to grind

I burned several bridges when people figured out I narced out an exes friend who had underage drug parties on a regular basis. The STR8 neighbors where probably too afraid to be called bigots.

Screwing kids is wrong. It wouldn't be any better if it were legal, or even required by law.

In Mexico the age of consent is 12 and over 300 10yo girls get pregnant each year, now you know why they want open borders

since the turn of the century...Doesn't that phrase just conjure up images of telegraphs and bicycles with giant front wheels?

Wright Bros first flight 1903, 60years later whitey walked on the moon but affirmative action NASA has to hitch a ride with the Russians to get to the space station.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents March 26, 2016 8:45 PM  

From my research the "elite" are really into child abuse.

Especially in Belgium.

Anonymous BGKB March 26, 2016 9:08 PM  

Somewhat related govt workers pocket money meant for kids.
http://wastefraudandabuse.org/tennessee-childrens-food-program-scrutiny/

Blogger weka March 26, 2016 9:22 PM  

BGKB saith:
I burned several bridges when people figured out I narced out an exes friend who had underage drug parties on a regular basis. The STR8 neighbors where probably too afraid to be called bigots.

Man deserves a DB.

https://youtu.be/dTvVbWWLGpc

Blogger SciVo March 26, 2016 9:35 PM  

Hans Kammler, died many times differently! wrote:Many of your blog readers are probably not up to date about recommended sexual practices for certain occupied Central European country, by its 'Ethics Council'.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-ethics-council-calls-for-incest-between-siblings-to-be-legalised-by-government-9753506.html


Oh, then there will no longer be any reason for a German schoolteacher to report that one family's son and daughter are showing signs of having been sexualized. Which gives even more unfortunate implications to this woman's thousand-cock stare, and the future equivalents of German families accepting Muslim families into their "homes". Both literally and so to speak.

Blogger John Williams March 26, 2016 9:39 PM  

Cheddarman of Christiandom, I've been in an office building where the FBI arrested a perv who turned out to be the biggest kiddie porn distributor in the state. Once the FBI established that he was the only guy involved they came and gave us a very casual debriefment. I was offsite for both events, but other coworkers passed info on to me. Case & operational details were not disclosed, but the Feds did make it very clear how evil the pervs are. Normal people enjoy the physicality and/or intimacy of sex. One cannot say a child molester is trying to reconnect to his childhood, for they enjoy the suffering of the children. They do things to maximize the whimpering & suffering. Child molesters are more evil than the uninformed normal person can imagine, far more evil.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 26, 2016 9:44 PM  

The enablers aren't a sidetrack, they are the main avenue for the widespread normalization of child rape in fandom.

It wasn't Delany, after all, who awarded Grandmaster status to an open pedophile during a pedophilia in fandom scandal. No. The person who did that was the President of the SFWA.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 26, 2016 10:19 PM  

I'm bereft I cannot believe we have terms like safe spaces, college kids feeling unsafe if they see a politician sign kids disagree with, triggering term - What the hell did post america warp, morph into? Hell.

Meanwhile, all this talk about vampervs requires coverage. I am sick for the victims, I hope they can find a way in this life.

To puppy kickers, knock it off, what are you kicking innocent baby puppies who need treats and love, you people are punk maybe beastly abominations.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 26, 2016 10:24 PM  

Reflects Vox is a good person whom knows children belong to the Lord first and whom was exiled from a bandit group of sickos, its the highest honor to be tossed out of a group of demons.

No one but us can try to speak for victims whom have no voice left to use against vile beastly vampervs who groom and torment the innocent.



24 Yep, I used to opt for the Dune reference as its a Dior 1990's perfume but it was mistaken, gravely mistaken and I rec'ed far too much info on the matters surrounding that. Again I was listening and bereft, shocked in horror.

Blogger Margaret Man March 26, 2016 10:48 PM  

After my senior year of college, I rewarded my self with a book & splurged $10 on an award winning book titled "Black Wine". The back had praise from Delaney. It was awful. Unlikeable characters, an uninspiring setting, and an equally flat plot. I plodded through since I'd spent the money & thought that I had to be missing something, since it had won so many awards. Ugh.

Anonymous jOHN MOSBY March 26, 2016 11:06 PM  

"I'm bereft I cannot believe we have terms like safe spaces, college kids feeling unsafe if they see a politician sign kids disagree with, triggering term - What the hell did post america warp, morph into? Hell."
I hear ya. and the rest of that post great,too.

Blogger Phelps March 26, 2016 11:16 PM  

I'm astonished how allegedly literate people never seem to grasp that the phrase is, "one bad apple ruins the entire barrel." It's a literal thing -- apples were stored in barrels before refrigeration, and if there was a single bad apple when it was put up, when it was opened the entire barrel would be rotten.

So, sure, it was a few bad apples. And now the entire barrel is rotten.

Anonymous Alice De Goon March 26, 2016 11:25 PM  

OT: Watching ABC's annual broadcast of "The Ten Commandments" and during the commercial breaks, I saw it pushing commercials for Dan Savage's new Catholic bashing sitcom. If the goal of that series is to make bashing Christianity look cool, then it massively backfired, because I wanted to dropkick the "sassy young atheist girl who schools her religious nutjob parents" into a plate glass window. Seriously, if Savage really thinks that normal religious parents would put up with the disrespect and abuse this kid hurls at them, then the AIDS is really starting to affect his brain...

Anonymous Ain March 27, 2016 12:25 AM  

@34 "It wasn't Delany, after all, who awarded Grandmaster status to an open pedophile during a pedophilia in fandom scandal. No. The person who did that was the President of the SFWA."

That's why I smh at the reviewer droning on about "axes to grind."

OpenID a59a9528-b2e7-11e3-b557-000f20980440 March 27, 2016 12:48 AM  

I fear you are buying into the progressive frame. Should criticize from the old testament frame - which is that consent to immoral sex makes it worse, not better - requiring the execution of both parties, rather than just one party.

The big problem is gays preying on little boys. There is no apparent problem with heterosexual males pursuing young girls, perhaps because of poor female attendance at sci-fi fan events.

And if there was, the old testament frame would be that sex between a man and a female child who shows noticeable symptoms of puberty is just fine provided he then marries her. (Naturally if one or both of them refuses to get married, then you kill them)

OpenID a59a9528-b2e7-11e3-b557-000f20980440 March 27, 2016 12:56 AM  

Thus unfair to criticize Piers Anthony as a pedophile because from time to time one of his characters contemplates marriage to young teen.

Fair to criticize him as a pedophile if one of his sympathetically depicted characters has sex with a female well before puberty.

Anonymous Gen. Kong March 27, 2016 1:06 AM  

LP:
I'm bereft I cannot believe we have terms like safe spaces, college kids feeling unsafe if they see a politician sign kids disagree with, triggering term - What the hell did post america warp, morph into? Hell.

This cri du coeur about the sordid state of affairs in Kwa-Bananaland causes is to think we should not be referring to it as the Banana Empire anymore, but as Zombie-Banana Empire. Rotten banana-beings shuffling about seeing what they can put their sticky goo onto.

Blogger Roger GibsonJr March 27, 2016 2:23 AM  

I went over and read the CH expose, and it was tough from the get-Go.
"The Victims" should very well be required reading(the included comment written by the victim was troubling), but the whole work is heartbreaking and frankly, an outrage on so many proportions as I cannot express.
I knew there was something weird going on in SF/F. Reading this blog and the forever war saga with Tor, the SFWA et al. on the one hand, the author of SJWAL-and a few ppl brave enough to take a stand and speak up, not intimidated by the career blacklisting by star-struck pussies-on the other, no longer confuses me now that I know the cast of characters involved. Never thought it my business, but this is the business of everyone who loves SF.
I knew there was something good about Vox, from reading the nonfiction books and scanning VP, CH and Twitter from time to time-just hadn't heard the back story. Now I know for certain: this is fighting the good fight, and righteousness is on the side of those who would defend these real, living breathing victims. Abuse enabling moral coward SJW's of SF "polite society" be damned, career blacklisting be damned, not to mention the daily grind from their sjw mob.
Thank you for saying what needs said about this sad state of affairs in SF/F, and for standing up to this Goliath who would presume to be the authority on what we should and should not read, or say, or do.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 27, 2016 3:23 AM  

Love you Gen Kong.

The Pedo's will be felled.

Peace and joy for Easter over the dirge of multi colored bizzaro hair. Stateside life is surreal, OH, PA, WV, its depressed and be all means not ok in larger cities. More happier and serene in de pop-ed areas. Health went downhill or crazy is genius afterall and not caring is therapeutic. My mind or brain is on decline, I'm fighting it. I'm going down swinging against feminism, dead end policies, dead end nullsense, idoicracies.

I want our men back and I want them left alone to create and do their thing. Also on my request list is those whom ask to go home like the elderly, perhaps if God can take them home. If I'm permitted I'm going to wrap up all projects and continue to exhaust all research in stroke reversal, cardiac health via electricity, neuroplasicity, ballet and survive but Appalachia is such a rough place in that takes it toll with age. Those vamperv gatekeeping saboteur suffragettores, which according my basic research defines the voter or the elite gatekeeper, are now exposed.

Please, Vox hopefully the review of safe space can be discussed with Stefan M too.

Blogger 1337kestrel March 27, 2016 3:36 AM  

Child molesters are more evil than the uninformed normal person can imagine, far more evil.

On a scale of 1 to 10, where murdering Vince Foster is a 3 and the BTK killer is 10, child molesters generally range from 5 to 11.

Re: Piers Anthony, I've read most of his work (not firefly) and he seems to be a proponent of the quaint and misguided Free Love that Heinlein espoused. You can certainly find fault with it but I doubt he's a pedophile. His writing isn't exactly subtle enough to hide that kind of subtext.

Blogger Dexter March 27, 2016 5:59 AM  

Piers Anthony has a lot of rape in his books. Not sure what's going on there, but he really likes rape.

Blogger Scuzzaman March 27, 2016 6:09 AM  

OT: from Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Black Swan author:

The “establishment” composed of journos, BS-vending talking heads with well-formulated verbs, bureaucrato-cronies, lobbyists in training, New Yorker-reading semi-intellectuals, image-conscious empty suits, Washington rent seekers and other “well-thinking” members of the vocal elites are not getting the point about what is happening and the sterility of their arguments. People are not voting for Trump (or Sanders). People are just voting, finally, to destroy the establishment.

I sure hope he's right.

Blogger SciVo March 27, 2016 6:23 AM  

a59a9528-b2e7-11e3-b557-000f20980440 wrote:I fear you are buying into the progressive frame. Should criticize from the old testament frame - which is that consent to immoral sex makes it worse, not better - requiring the execution of both parties, rather than just one party.

The big problem is gays preying on little boys. There is no apparent problem with heterosexual males pursuing young girls, perhaps because of poor female attendance at sci-fi fan events.

And if there was, the old testament frame would be that sex between a man and a female child who shows noticeable symptoms of puberty is just fine provided he then marries her. (Naturally if one or both of them refuses to get married, then you kill them)


That is really dumb, on several counts.

1. Unless any Muslims are in attendance, no one would actually support marrying a little girl, let alone killing one. Creep.

2. Please provide your evidence of the greater prevalence of gays preying on little boys. I'm inclined to believe you, but you can't just make an assertion like that, when the series that we're discussing has documented all kinds of perversion.

3. If they wish to style themselves as the arbiters of morality in skiffydom, then let them defend it.

4. Indeed, if they wish to force their perverse morality on us, then force them to defend it.

5. No, seriously, if you have good reason to believe that gays are preying on little boys, then you're under a moral obligation to provide your evidence. If you fail to do so, then the best-case scenario is that you're a homophobic apologist for straight and lesbian child molestation.

Blogger VD March 27, 2016 6:52 AM  

Please provide your evidence of the greater prevalence of gays preying on little boys.

There is no need for him to do so. Your ignorance is not his problem. I have previously written on the statistical fact that a gay man is 14 times more likely to molest a boy than a straight man is to molest a girl.

Blogger VD March 27, 2016 6:56 AM  

Also, 86 percent of pedophiles consider themselves either homosexual or bisexual. And a metastudy of 19 studies showed that between 25 and 40 percent of all reported child molestation is committed by homosexuals.

Blogger SciVo March 27, 2016 7:24 AM  

VD, I believed that I was challenging a pseudo-dialectical assertion -- "no apparent problem with heterosexual males pursuing young girls" -- so I was trying to pin him down by flipping it around. Not a good technique?

Blogger SciVo March 27, 2016 7:30 AM  

Never mind, to ask is to answer. Obviously not a good technique, since it got punctured with dialectic.

Blogger SciVo March 27, 2016 8:36 AM  

Dexter wrote:Piers Anthony has a lot of rape in his books. Not sure what's going on there, but he really likes rape.

Well, let us look at his Bio of a Space Tyrant series. Early on, the protagonist as an adolescent has an awkward (to put it mildly) experience where he is forced to watch his sister being gang-raped by space pirates, and finds himself involuntarily aroused. He is then surprised, embarrassed and ashamed of his arousal.

So we know that Piers Anthony can not only imagine rape, but can also imagine an emotionally complex reaction to it. But it gets better.

Later on, the protagonist rapes a pirate woman in front of witnesses. However, it is such an elaborately staged setup that it can be described as a consensual forced seduction, such as if a couple were to roleplay pirate rape.

And the character's female friends were mad at him, because he made his victim ask for it. Which I didn't understand at the time, but I now understand that for women, the whole point of a rape fantasy is the loss of responsibility.

So the author had a sufficiently sophisticated understanding of rape fantasies that he could have characters reacting emotionally, not to observing the physical violation -- which they were expecting -- but to observing the psychological violation of the part that makes the fantasy good for women.

Not only that, but the author had an expectation of his audience having such a sophisticated conception of sex and fantasies that he didn't bother to spell out why the space tyrant's gal friends were mad that he made the space pirate woman ask for it when he ritually raped her.

Because not only is speculative fiction soaked in rape, but so is romance and erotic fiction, except almost exclusively of the "forced seduction" flavor. That being the whole point of the pirate romance sub-genre, which I now understand he was poking fun at there, since explicit consent would actually ruin it for the female readers.

There is still a lot of room to unpack the implications of rape in Piers Anthony's books, having only addressed two scenes in one series; but it is a good start to be able to say that he not only has a complex understanding of emotional reactions, he also expects his audience to understand the difference between fact and fantasy, and in fact expects them to possibly enjoy it in possibly a conflicted way.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 27, 2016 9:20 AM  

SciVo, you don't have to try even that hard: just cite Anthony's Firefly:

https://litreactor.com/columns/themes-of-pedophilia-in-the-works-of-piers-anthony

That alone satisfies the OP's "Fair to criticize him as a pedophile if one of his sympathetically depicted characters has sex with a female well before puberty."

He simply didn't realize that Anthony has positively portrayed child molestation in addition to personally taking in runaway children.

Anonymous BGKB March 27, 2016 12:24 PM  

Please provide your evidence of the greater prevalence of gays preying on little boys.

Tell him his data is old because of how many 30+ yo Hispanics knock up little girls.

Man deserves a DB.

I am a mandatory reporter, not that it means much in the gay community or in the advent of junkie nurse programs (drug rehab programs for nurse's licenses). I have launched my fair share of torpedoes over the years but should have probably launched more.

Then again I have seen things that even I would have trouble believing if I wasn't there like 3 healthcare travelers in a row in the course of a week getting what should be career ending boots for drugs/alcohol. The first was a STR8 Hispanic guy that came in smelling of booze, blood alcohol was between DUI and the limit the hospital had for its staff employees, he could have calmly argued since he didn't get orientation he didn't know the hospitals too drunk to work limit but he got belligerent, played the race card and got physical with a security guard. His replacement was a black woman who failed the drug urine test. Her replacement was a black woman that was smart enough to run away and not come back when she realized this was one of the few places that drug tested travelers(who work 13week contracts with housing/travel included). The dept head was furious, but I had to explain that no sane person would willfully break a travel contract, because you would be on the hook for any costs involved in replacing you, & that she should ask for a steep discount to cover the wasted costs of orienting them & going after their licenses. The funny thing was they did a "staff" picture that had the Hispanic guy in it but not me.

Anonymous Kansas Wings Man March 27, 2016 1:52 PM  

You left out teachers.

Blogger tz March 27, 2016 8:33 PM  

In a safe space, no one can hear you scream.

They didn't say what was made safe to do in the space.

Damning with fainting couch praise.

I wonder if modern Gender Studies have a phys ed where they practice hitting the fainting couch while clutching your pearls.

Blogger flyingtiger March 27, 2016 11:31 PM  

BGKB|
You have a point there. About thirty years ago, A vice detective told me that Child porn was mostly naked boys. Heterosexual men were only interested in well developed women. Now we have new immigrants from mexico and Moslems. I wonder if that has changed.

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