Beale and Gamergate

“what Gamergate is fundamentally about is the right of people to design, develop and play games that they want to design, develop and play without being criticized for it.”
— Theodore Beale
http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/04/25/vox-day-to-david-pakman-gamergate-is-about-the-right-of-gamers-and-game-developers-to-be-immune-from-criticism/

You have the right to play “Hunt the Clinton!” all you like, but I have the right to call you out on that asshattery. You have the right to play sexist games all you right, but I have the right to point out that they are sexist.

No one wants to stop you from playing those games, Mr. Beale. However, you’re wrong if you can be immune from criticism of same. You don’t have to listen to that criticism, of course, but you can’t say it shouldn’t exist.

And guess what? That applies to science fiction, too. You can write Bourbon science fiction all you like, when men are men, women are women, and all that, but certainly my review of said fiction is going to point out just how pants your world is. You can have your medieval European fantasy with no POC, but I can point out just how awfully wrong and inaccurate that is. You can write a story that thematically is a bit of a steal from Judith Tarr’s Isle of Glass, but I can point out how awful it is as a story.