Macro Monday: Moss

One of the fun things about the macro lens, like a magnifying glass, in that it produces images of the small, sometimes producing miniature worlds you never suspected existed.

There is a clump of moss on the culvert of the drain right outside my patio door. From afar, its a clump of green. Up close…


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Treating people with Respect, or Not

On his blog, John C Wright talks about Political Correctness and courtesy in regards to transsexuals.

Demanding Discourtesy in Courtesy’s Name

I am not going to fisk the entire thing, because I might be accused of the evil horror of quoting his post. But I am going to respond to the spirit of this post. The spirit of John’s post, as I read it is that transsexual persons have no right to be treated as they wish to be treated, because in the end they aren’t “really” the gender they identify with, as opposed to the gender they were born with. John sees a duty that speaking the truth about a person’s nature trumps the desire of a transsexual person to be identified as the gender they identify with.

So, I suppose treating people with respect and in the way they wish to be treated is less of a social good than speaking the truth of their biological nature. I am sorry, John, I don’t buy it. There are people who, by accident of birth and biology, who have gender signals which are at best confused. Don’t they deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness–and if that happiness means that they identify with the opposite gender, shouldn’t they be allowed to do so, and be treated as such? Do unto others, as they would have done unto you?

Call it political correctness if you wish. I just think treating people as they want to be treated is a good thing. I have a friend who is asexual, and it pains me to get the pronouns wrong in addressing said friend. Why? Because I want to treat them with respect. Because I want to be treated with respect, myself, in turn.

Oh, and as far as “They” as a singular pronoun, the idea goes back over a century, John.

My Genre Stuff this Week 4/15

On SF Signal, I review APHRODITE TERRA, edited by Ian Sales:

On Skiffy and Fanty, I review OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS by Kristi Charish

On SFF AUDIO, I discuss The Lottery by Jorge Luis Borges

Puppies, Slates Recommendations, and Christmas Card Lists

You’d think people would have the grace and good manners that, if someone asked you to leave them off of your slate/not a slate/christmas card list, you would have enough respect for them to actually abide by their wishes. You like Reynolds work enough to put it on your slate/not a slate/christmas card list, and yet when he asks you to remove him, you get hostile about it?

I am particularly thinking of poor Alastair Reynolds here, whose Slow Bullets has been caught in this mess. Cat Valente, too, is not happy by this. As always, File 770 is rounding up reactions and responses from the Puppies and others.

Author, Creator: If I were to ever put up such a recommendation list, and you asked me to remove you, I’d do it, immediately, without question.

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