In the literary fiction community they’ve been attempting to gatekeep out anyone who doesn’t align to their politically correct, Cultural Marxist views. One way of getting authors to bow lock, step and sync with the narrative is to have them bring on POCkers and LGBTQIA+ people to do “sensitivity readings” to ensure that “marginalized” groups are fairly represented in fictional works. The Intersectional Inquisition have been using a #OwnVoices hashtag on social media to encourage sensitivity readings, and any authors who don’t kowtow to their demands are dogpiled.
It started when some minorities started using the tag to promote their work.
— 24hr.YABookBlog (@24hrYABookBlog) May 20, 2020
But it quickly escalated into the sort of extortion tag that the “Sensitivity Reader” initiative was based upon.
Obviously, most normal writers were not comfortable with having POCkers evaluate their work.
Novelist Den Card made his intentions known that he would never bend to such an authoritarian measure, and he was promptly met with ridicule and derision for not becoming a slave on the plantation of identity politics.
I will never subject my book to sensitivity reading.
Shameful behaviour. https://t.co/1MH0FXpn2P
— Den Card (@DenCard3) May 25, 2020
Typically, there were various Social Justice Warriors who flooded Card’s mentions to put him down for standing true and standing tall against their degenerate-fueled tyranny.
“I will ignore or make up information abt the community bc I can’t be bothered to check with folks. I am very proud of my behaviour, I am a good person, and would you like to smell my butt?”
— Faceless Old Woman @🏡 (@d_overlord) May 25, 2020
When someone uses “thought policing” and “sjw” unironically, I think about what kind of person it takes to describe someone asking people not to be bigots as a “warrior for justice” and also, somehow, thinks that sounds like the ‘wrong’ side to be on.
— KatieQuixotic (@katiequixotic) May 26, 2020
Is this clown going to be surprised when the publisher runs it past an editor and it gets rejected.
— Miss Mastermind (@SarahQuerry) May 26, 2020
Wow… just wow. Maybe you need to brush up on sensitivity to understand what it truly means.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for a sensitivity read.
You’re the one who is exhibiting shameful behaviour.
— A. N. Jones (@AuthorANJones) May 25, 2020
After various despots from the realm of fictional writing took aim at Den Card, he decided to stop, reflect, and respond on all of the nonsense that came howling down around his ears because he dared to choose to stand against the grain of being brainwashed into foregoing his original ideas so tyrants could dictate what sort of fiction he should be allowed to write.
Reflected a lot on what I said that led to this. Soul searching, you could say.
Turns out Chris might be right. And so too the people that have taken up his side in my mentions.
Most of you really are assholes, and a sensitivity reader might help you see that. Got it. Thx 😘 https://t.co/P7M7hli4kg
— Den Card (@DenCard3) May 26, 2020
Well said, lad. Well said.
Unfortunately, anyone even attempting to defend the concept of making great fiction and letting it stand on its own merits without “Sensitivity Readers” extorting authors to corrupt and degrade their work were also met with attacks from the pit-bulls out of the Liberal Progressive pen; pronouns in their profiles and all.
Hey y’all, here’s one to block. Not only are they rude, but their other tweets are equally disappointing.
Good luck in this community with that kind of attitude. https://t.co/oTDVCtLUs4
— Leona Maple (@TheLeonaMaple) May 26, 2020
The fact that you got your head shoved so fucking far up your ass about sensitivity reading, OF ALL THINGS, really speaks volumes about who you are as a person, and I can guarantee that nobody I associate with would do business with you.
— FireMikeMearlsPak (she/they) (@HealthPakStream) May 26, 2020
This is the future of media.
Novelists being subjected to ideological purity tests, or otherwise threatened with not-so-veiled attempts at blacklisting.
This was promptly called out back in January of 2019 by another author on Monster Hunter Nation who found the concept of “Sensitivity Reading” appalling, but it’s still finding its way through the circles of creativity and will continue to do so unobstructed.
In fact, I’m sure you can expect Centrists to justify this kind of bullying, even while the quality of fiction continues to slide wistfully down the gutter and into the trash.
(Thanks for the news tip Arcane City)