What You Missed In #MisandryInPublishing Last Week Will Shock You

Misandry in publishing is very real. It’s a women’s game, as I produced evidence with in science fiction, a genre with a false-perception that it’s the only man-controlled wing of publishing, last year. What happened when I called it out? The president of the lone trade guild in science fiction, SFWA, actively tried to destroy my career and life by going around to different friends and acquaintances to tell them not to associate with me. The whisper campaign she started made me lose my cover artist, and made me scramble as an independent author, and led to the harassment I’ve received by Worldcon 76 and people stalking me in real life. Simply asking a question as to fairness as a man will get you this treatment.

And we saw it again last week. Twitter erupted with this hashtag, something one wouldn’t expect to see, shooting into trending topics. What happened?

An author named David Kearns, someone with no following, with only one out of print published work from more than a decade ago, no real presence, no power in the industry, was submitting a novel to an agent, like any normal Jane-blow author.  Except he wasn’t a Jane, he was a Joe. And this posed a problem. He went on a rant on twitter, which he didn’t thread, so I’ll post up the highlights.

 

A woman, a professional with more power than David, was ranting that men couldn’t write descriptions of women properly. As a class. She was demonstrating her complete bias against the male sex in doing her job, something that interferes with these authors’ civil rights. And David called it out.

Like I said, he didn’t have much of a following, so how did this go viral? It wasn’t men being incensed about how they’re treated by female editors/agents/publishers. It was women in the industry who took this and launched an attack.

Professional agents and editors started swearing about him. They shunned him, they said nasty things about him and men. His mere act of questioning what was going on because an agent was TARGETING men, led to absolute crazy behavior in the industry. A couple highlights:

There are thousands more like this. Even some men joined in the attack.

I engaged a few of the professional agents attacking this poor fellow on here, as I am in all situations, a defender of independent publishers, and these agents similarly lost their collective minds on me. How could anyone defend what Dave was saying? He stepped outside the Narrative, which states women have a harder time getting published than men, and he proved a point without much emotion involved. It’s shocking to see how crazy these women — in actual positions of power in the industry — will go just to not allow some random guy (he didn’t tag any of them) not to have his opinion.

This is what happens in the publishing industry every time. Someone says something that’s factual, isn’t part of the establishment’s creed, and they get torched and destroyed. Every time. Artists and authors don’t feel free to produce the art they want, they’re forced to even produce content that appeases this outrage mob. One woman had to rewrite her book entirely because the mob went crazy on her before her book even came out. It delayed the novel for a year, and is out now–and the mob still isn’t happy, still calling her racist, still trying to destroy her career for merely writing a fantasy novel (I’ll review her book on the blog tomorrow).

It’s absolutely crazy the lengths these folk will go to to defend their false Narratives. No one is safe, but if we all speak out together in the way that they do it to us, we can start to make legitimate opinions and discourse something that can occur in the publishing industry again. We need your help to do it. If they can’t concentrate on a target, they can’t create the bully mob. Everyone must speak out so we can all have a voice, a brave voice like David Kearns.

If you like my free speech, you’ll probably like my novel about heroes who go against the grain in their society to try to make a difference. War is coming, and it’s nonsensical, but very few are even willing to question their superiors Can they make a difference before millions die? Find out in The Stars Entwined.

 

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