The word has gone out that Wiscon 35 has rescinded its invitation to Elizabeth Moon to be guest of honor. The decision is the result of the uproar over Moon’s essay on citizenship and the rights and responsibilities of immigrants, especially Muslims.
Wiscon’s decision to withdraw the invitation is childish, unprofessional, and wrong. Rather than encouraging discourse, they silence it. Over and over again I am struck by way the blogosphere erupts in these vast tizzies of outrage every time bloggers are confronted with uncomfortable ideas. Rather than engage, livejournals light up with a collective case of the vapors. These people call themselves feminists and humanists, but they can’t even take on and discuss uncomfortable ideas. I don’t call that feminism. I call that hysteria.
When the Wiscon community is ready to engage in civil discourse in which big ideas are debated with light and little heat, maybe then I can take the convention committee seriously. For now, I say to you this — you aren’t feminists. You aren’t humanists.
You are a bunch of weenies.
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