Take the SJW reader challenge today!


Over at XOJane, K.T. Bradford is challenging readers to avoid cis het white male authors for a year for some reason. Larry Correia seemed to think this was entirely unreasonable and it struck him as patently stupid. Perhaps he is right, but perhaps K.T. Bradford has a point and perhaps we should try to broaden reading horizons by consciously choosing to pick up books by authors who aren’t part of the oppressive “cis het white male” majority.

So in the spirit of taking this challenge seriously, I will be making an effort to avoid such writers and see what it does for my outlook. So I guess I should make a list of authors that are “acceptable” to read because they aren’t “cis white het males” to make it easier for anybody that wants to join me.

So lets see what is in?

  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Sarah A. Hoyt” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Sarah A. Hoyt[/easyazon_link] – POC Womyn
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Larry Correia” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Larry Correia[/easyazon_link] – POC
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”L. Jagi Lamplighter” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]L. Jagi Lamplighter[/easyazon_link] – Womyn
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Tom Simon” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Tom Simon[/easyazon_link] – Differently abled, apparently K.T. is ableist
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Lloyd A. Behm” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Lloyd A. Behm[/easyazon_link] – Differently abled
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Cedar Sanderson” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Cedar Sanderson[/easyazon_link] – Womyn
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Jason Cordova” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Jason Cordova[/easyazon_link] – POC
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”James Young” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]James Young[/easyazon_link] – POC
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Kate Paulk” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Kate Paulk[/easyazon_link] – Womyn
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Amanda Green” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Amanda Green[/easyazon_link] – Womyn
  • [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Vox Day” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″]Vox Day[/easyazon_link] – POC

and out

  • John Scalzi – Cis Het White Male
  • Jim Hines – Cis Het White Male

Do you have any other suggestions?

  • Tom Simon

    For what it may be worth, I technically qualify as both a non-American writer (unless you buy South Park’s notion that Canada isn’t a real country) and a Hispanic; though apparently my accidental lack of melanin makes me a ‘white Hispanic’ like that fount of all evil, George Zimmerman. Technically, my middle name (which I use as a surname for writing purposes) is Simón, after my grandfather Simón Ramirez; and he may have named partly in honour of Simón Bolívar. This may be one step better than being named after the infamous yanqui guerrillero, Jorge Washington.

    In evidence of the above, a picture of me taken in 1969 with my mother, née Maria Auxiliadora Ramirez:


    It may be worth pointing out in this connection that SJW-ism is, at bottom, a form of self-inflicted imbecility. I have an ex-friend who became an ex-friend shortly after (having fallen down the SJW rabbit hole) she informed me that I am racist merely by virtue of being white, and that I cannot possibly have any idea what life is like for the poor POC. This ex-friend is even whiter than I am; and she knows my mother, and has also met my half-brother, who takes after her. These obvious facts did not deter her from making the damnedest flat-footed stupid assertions about me based on nothing but my skin tone.

    Tom Simon, ‘Differently Abled’ Writer, Canadiense y Costarricense, Person of (The Only Wrong) Colour.

  • Tom Simon

    By the way, I can add to the recommended list Abyss & Apex, which is edited by ‘Differently Abled Womyn’ Wendy S. Delmater, with a staff that includes (among divers others) ‘Differently Abled Womyn POC’ Tonya Liburd, not to mention yours truly. As a bonus, A&A is on the Sad Puppies list for this year, so by reading it, you will make puppies happy and cause SJW heads to explode.

  • Slight correction: womyn is the plural form; the singular is womon. Please reserve the plural to writers who are multiple systems (i.e., have headmates.)

    (Chrome is being very language-normative right now, highlighting all the important word in this comment as spelling errors.)

    • sciphi

      Thanks J.C, I never know which is the right way to do things. Who can keep up?

      • Mary

        They don’t want you to keep up. The whole point of the stuff is to keep you in the wrong so they can abuse you. A stable set of rules would mean you could master them.

    • Tom Simon

      There is some difference of opinion about the spelling. Some years ago, there was an epically bitter faction-fight between gender feminists who insisted on spelling the plural womyn and those who held out for wimmin.

      I couldn’t make this up.

  • Mary

    You could check out Sarah A. Hoyt’s Saturday promo posts, as done by the Free-Range Oyster. Of course, that raises the question of how to pigeonhole the writers. Even the girls — “Mary Catelli” (hi!) gives a hint, but if you didn’t know which sex Cedar Sanderson was, the byline doesn’t give too many clues.

    So it turns on whether you would rather preserve the purity of the reading, or prefer false positives to false negatives. 0:)

    • sciphi

      Thanks Mary 🙂