I sobbed my heart out watching this episode.
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Hugo Award Nominations: Best Related Work - 'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle, and Slaves' Narrative by Kameron Hurley
'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle, and Slaves' Narrative is eligible in the Best Related Work category.
This essay debuted last year like a bomb going off in my corner of fandom. It’s an incisive commentary on the habit of creators to make women invisible in service to a tired meme about history that’s been so often repeated that it’s become a “fact” easily swallowed and believed by those too uncritical to examine the claim that, “women didn’t do X”.
Kameron says, "Let’s just put it this way: if you think there’s a thing — anything — women didn’t do in the past, you’re wrong.". She tells you why. It’s an important essay, a challenge, a critique, a demand for better creation, and the revival of the human imagination about the past, so we can build a richer future. It’s one of the most powerful pieces of nonfiction I read in 2013.
Kameron Hurley is the author of the Bel Dame Apocrypha and is also eligible in the Best Fan Writer category. Artwork is by Jason Chan, who is eligible in Best Professional Artist. [See also, Hugo Eligible Art(ists).]
More information about participating in the Hugo Awards is available via minorearth’s Hugo explanation post and thehugoawards.org; there’s a spreadsheet with potentially eligible media/creators available on google docs. :D
Earlier today, I posted about the reductive approach to YA, particularly as it relates to contemporary YA and generosity to readers. And as seen above, John Green responded (and very thoughtfully so).
But I’ve been mulling this over: is there a “better” type of contemporary realistic fiction? How could perceived reality in fiction be better than objective reality?
Because all of our experiences living and experiencing in the real world are a little bit of both.
They’re perceived experiences because they’re filtered through our world view and knowledge and our acceptance or denial of what’s before us.
They’re also objective because the only way we can ever assess objectivity in our own lives is through our own lives. Is it skewed by perception? Absolutely. But perception is also skewed by our own objectivity. It’s a chicken and egg phenomenon. We observe to construct and we construct in order to observe.
Which suggests neither can be a “better” contemporary realistic fiction. We need the perceived reality as much as the objective reality.
I’m pleasantly surprised with the response — but it’s also interesting that the self-critique which was noted as what King parodied in her work is still held up as the better way.
(I also saw a nice series of subtweets directed at my post today, and I just thought I’d note that Green’s response was excellent, despite my disagreement with some of it. I vehemently oppose the idea we shouldn’t write about or examine what people say in public forums but instead should talk to them privately — that’s an attitude that further privileges the privileged. We had a great dialog, and I reiterate I respect how Green handles his platform and uses his voice in the community. I have a right to question it, though, as long as I’m not being libelous. You have to speak up and out because if you don’t, you’ll never be heard and conversations are never fostered.)
Invested in YA on any level? You should read everything relating to this because it’s very interesting and very worth your time. I love being part of the YA community and this is such a big part of why. The thoughtful analysis, these discussions—posts like Kelly’s and John’s response, the accessible, open, respectful dialogue? Are awesome.