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How to suppress women’s writing in the age of social media

cassandraclare:

Inspired of course by  by Joanna Russ. And not set off by anything in particular, just an aggregate of comments and a good friend being treated terribly for posting some of her fiction for free online.image

She tweets and tumblrs so she must not be working.
She never tweets and tumblrs so she must she think she is too good for her fans.
Her books don’t sell so she must be a failure.
Her books do sell so she must write for the money.
She writes too much of one series. A good writer would write books set in lots of different universes. 
She should write more of the same series because that is what I like. Hope she doesn’t think I will buy her new stuff.
She talks about and answers questions about her books, why won’t she leave her fandom alone? Why is she trying to impose her views on them?
She doesn’t answer questions from her fans or listen to what they say. She must not care about them.
She sells her work for money so she must just want money.
She posted her work for free so it doesn’t really belong to her.
I like her main female character so she must be a Mary Sue that the author based on herself.
I hate her main female character so she needs to learn how to write women.
I wrote her a nasty message and she didn’t answer so she is a coward.
I wrote her a nasty message and she did answer so she is a bully.
She contradicted me when I accused her of something so I know she did it, otherwise she wouldn’t be so defensive.
She didn’t contradict me when I accused her of something so I know she did it, otherwise she would have defended herself.
She wrote it but she tried too hard to be literary so I couldn’t get into it.
She wrote it and I really enjoyed it but because of the subject matter I know it’s trash, really.
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I’m no longer watching television in which middle-aged men figure out how to be men. I’d rather watch shows about teenaged girls figuring out what it means to be a monster

Kelly Link, in an interview from last year that has really stuck with me because of this line.  (via andrewasalways)

YES.

(via thatlauraruby)

Kelly Link is the greatest.

(via slantedmoonbeams)

How do I girl-crush on Kelly Link? Let me count the ways.

(via kierstenwhite)

(via kierstenwhite)

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    2014
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So I got this comment on my blog post on why pirating books is harmful to authors.

avajae:

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And I feel this is important to discuss, so I’m going to share my answer with you guys (also, to see the post that precipitated that comment, you can go here): 

So while I am well aware there are many writers who defend the option of giving away their books for free, (usually for marketing purposes, because this can be an effective way to bring attention to a book or backlist), I suspect most of these would agree that whether or not to give away a book for free should be the author’s choice. And when a book is illegally downloaded, that choice is taken away from them.

Here’s the thing—I know money can be an issue when it comes to book buying, but that’s why there are libraries. And if someone doesn’t have the time to go to a library, then they can see if their library has e-book rentals, which is becoming more popular. Or they can buy the book online, via Amazon, B&N, Smashwords or elsewhere. If they don’t have the resources or the money to go to a library, they still can see if their library has e-book rentals, which are free and available for (legally) downloading right from your home computer for a limited time.

This also applies to people too ill or too young to go out and get a book—there are plenty of legal online resources available to them, whether through free library e-book rentals or paying for the e-book.

If someone unfortunately doesn’t have the ability to go to a library (or their library doesn’t have e-book rentals), and they don’t have the money to buy a book or e-book, then I’m afraid they can’t get the book. Period.

The thing is, we’re not entitled to other people’s hard work for free. I’m not entitled to a free doctor’s visit, even when the appointments become difficult to pay for and I need to see a doctor (it doesn’t work that way in the US); I’m not entitled to a movie for free, or a TV show for free if it hasn’t been willingly shared for free by its creators; I’m not entitled to free makeup or free clothes (though wouldn’t that be nice?); hell, I’m not even entitled to free food—and we kind of need that to live.

People put in months or even years worth of time and hard work to get the best book available to us (and in the case of self-publishers, a lot of money, too)—and I am absolutely not entitled to steal their work, even if I can’t make it to a library, even if my library doesn’t allow for e-book rentals, even if I can’t afford to buy the book whether online or in the store. Pirating books is taking hard-earned money directly out of an author’s pocket, and it’s something I refuse to do or endorse regardless of the ifs or buts.

There’s no excuse for stealing from an author. If you can’t afford their book, then I’m sorry, you can’t afford their book, but the least you can do is respect them enough to wait until you can afford to go to a library or a bookstore to get their book through legal channels.

No excuses. No maybes. If an author has opted not to share their book for free, it’s well within their rights to do so, and as readers, we ought to respect that.

THIS! There is no excuse for stealing. And also, yes, most libraries have ebook rentals. You don’t even have to leave your house. I use this option all of the time because I like not wearing pants. If your library doesn’t, email them and request that they get them—they are probably working on it, but demand helps justify implementation.

The doctor thing is a bad example, because that’s something that should be free, IMHO, as health is a right. Books are privilege. You are not owed books or television or comics. The library exists to help give them to people who could not otherwise access them.

Pirating books is stealing. Pirating anything is stealing and stealing is not okay. It doesn’t matter that someone like Neil Gaiman who can afford to take some losses is okay with you pirating his stuff. Most authors are not Mr. Gaiman and they cannot afford it. And, btw, it doesn’t matter if you think an author can afford it because they’re famous—we don’t make that much money and also, it’s still stealing.

Most authors spend 3-5 years just writing novels and stories that will never sell, because this is how they hone their craft. That’s years without earning a dime, but it’s necessary because that’s how you get good enough to sell. Then when they do sell a book, the payment for the year or so it took to write that book is not big. It’s still poverty level. And if people pirate that book, they won’t earn out their (very small) advance, and the publisher will drop them like a sack of bad potatoes, and they will have to spend another year finding someone else to buy their next book, if they can find someone at all. Piracy doesn’t just hurt their bottom line - it hurts their ability to get more books published or to have the money to self-publish them.

Discoverability is not an excuse. There are hundreds of resources online to help you find books besides the torrent site you use to steal them. There’s GoodReads, LibraryThing, What Should I Read Next?

You can go to an online retailer, type in a book, and see what other people also bought. You can ask book bloggers, read book blogs, follow book people on Twitter or tumblr.

There’s no excuse for online piracy. If you pirate media, you’re stealing it, end of story. It’s no different than shoving DVDs down your pants at Best Buy.

Please don’t pirate books or anything else.

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Locke has packing paper. It’s hos. He’s not sharing. #cats

Locke has packing paper. It’s hos. He’s not sharing. #cats

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fishingboatproceeds:

daniellarose1:

This made me laugh so hard. Of course they are giving out tissues with this movie….

Oh good Lord.

But you need them, though. YOU NEED THEM SO BADLY. I took two pocket packs to the theater when I saw it and went through both and was sobbing into popcorn napkins.

fishingboatproceeds:

daniellarose1:

This made me laugh so hard. Of course they are giving out tissues with this movie….

Oh good Lord.

But you need them, though. YOU NEED THEM SO BADLY. I took two pocket packs to the theater when I saw it and went through both and was sobbing into popcorn napkins.