I’ve written a great deal lately about the way that nerds can be less than progressive, whether by failing to establish anti-harassment policies and ethos at conventions or by relying on continuity and fidelity to text as a way to disguise an antipathy to diversity. But if we want the nerdosphere to be a more progressive place, I think it’s important to mount critiques that will actually be effective, rather than ones that can make the critics feel self-righteous, which is why I’m so dismayed by Sady Doyle’s condescending and willfully misleading critique of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and the people who read it.
This is a fascinating piece. Click the pic for the column, and be sure to click the link in it to see the “Sady Doyle piece” it refers to.
NOTE: I originaly and unintentionally posted the entire column. I have shortened it and made the picture actually link to the whole thing.