Shit, she doesn't seem to think we read her fucking blog.
Buh, buh, we all haz 8th grade 'ritin' and readin' skillz so we's cannot follows her writings!
Maybe we can buy her a yearlong supply of White Approval in a Can (TM).
I really just....
Especially black women.
Well if folks like her hate stylishly enough, they get fancy prizes.
It seems that way. This is now the third time she's written something side eye-worthy.
I just can't get over the feeling that in her mind, her audience is all white and male. That says so, so much.
I am more partial to Claire Light's writing than others here, but this particular post is a classic case of "blame the victim instead of the system." Sigh.
I have no major issue with her creative writing, but the writing here is lazy at best. "Slush readers know..." Really? Really?
And this isn't the first time I've seen her take a big, steaming dump on other writers of color on her blog. I have to wonder what kind of awesome bennies she gets from the white mainstream publishing community when she expresses sympathy for them in this way--assuming, I suppose, that we disproportionately sucky writers stuck in the literary ghettos will never read her trashing of us.
Oh, no argument that this particular post is one real logically confused mishmash. And also no argument that when folks call her on her sloppy thinking and/or writing, she tends to get extra-defensive and makes things ten thousand times worse. "I fixed it with an ETA!" Uh, no.
I don't think she's getting any bennies. I think (as I tried to say in the comments, but, um, my comment seems to have gone missing...) that despite her protests, she's still working on the "mainstream=teh bestest" hierarchy. I don't think she's all that sympathetic to them, really, but I do think she thinks that they just need a little fixing up--not that the whole system is flawed to the core. A new coat of paint and a little dusting will do, and a little lecture on how to open the doors so the POC writers can come streaming in, and all will be well in HappyLiteraryLand.
Again: uh, no.
If only it were as simple as 'women and POC should submit their work for publication and everything would be great'.
Yeah, exactly. I just commented again. We'll see what she has to say to that.
Still don't see your comment. I wonder if that's accidental.
I am trying to believe it's a spam trap rather than something more nefarious. If nothing else, it's hard to believe I was that devastatingly eloquent :P
Edited at 2010-02-17 05:18 am (UTC)
I don't know much about mainstream publishing, but I do know the comic book publishing world....
The reason I see why most comics are written by white men?
Because the editors are white men (in comics, mind you, which is about equal in percentage to Hollywood in hiring women into editor/producer positions), who publish their friends or people they know. Who feel that the work of other men is 'better' or more 'real' than the work of women - especially when those men are writing about women.
And yup. They don't want to publish work that is 'challenging'. You know, work that suggests that perhaps rampant sexism ISN'T the status quo. Which, I suppose, could be interpreted as having a political 'agenda'.
Or, if you write about a sexuality they don't understand, you are also pigeonholed as being an outsider, no matter how large your audience actually is. This is justified by the economy and how badly print publishing is doing, with no blame placed on the publishers for how they have contributed to and participated in their own downfall.
It is also fairly true that comics is a particularly close-minded medium, but I feel some of what's true there is also true in many creative fields which are male-dominated.
It isn't that the ratio of 'bad' women or POC writers is any higher than untalented white doods, it's just that there are MORE white doods submitting work, so it makes sense that there is a higher percentage of talent.
Or rather - a higher percentage of acceptable stories being submitted. By that population.
Well, you know the week I've had, so I'm not going to lie. I stopped reading at MFA.
From the comments, it seems like she is not seeing the huge gap between what she actually wrote (she knows we can see it, right?) and her ... intention. She flat out said the submissions from women and poc were disproportionately sucky, and framed it like an 80s comedian all, AM I RIGHT? CHICKS, MAN! then got defensive when people said their anecdata differed from her anecdata.
That being said, I DO love to see you dish out some cool-headed justice on the internet.
She flat out said the submissions from women and poc were disproportionately sucky, and framed it like an 80s comedian all, AM I RIGHT? CHICKS, MAN! then got defensive when people said their anecdata differed from her anecdata.
Oh God, that woman. Oh God.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Clair(e). Light.
I didn't say anything at the time, but I'm so glad
you posted this.
I've been trying to write more fiction lately, and I was thinking about taking an Oakland Word
class. Guess who's teaching the class I wanted to take?
Yeah, I'm not signing up to work with her. And I will be explaining my reasons to the coordinator.
Is the coordinator my friend Carrie?
No, but she taught the first class I took!