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I am reading a thread of people complaining about #ownvoices and it is the cringiest thing. The term "SJW" appeared.
A male author is insisting that he is living proof that it's possible for a male author to write an authentic female protagonist.

Here's a quote from his first page.
At this point I'm not sure if I should try to explain the issue or just snipe.
Do you want another quote? You want another quote.
She's not a prude but she's also not a slut.
"Completely adorable" is DEFINITELY a phrase real women would use to describe predatory men.
Last one. Did I mention these are all from chapter one?
Personally, I think men can absolutely write realistic female narrators.

But if you dismiss out of hand the value of personal experience by proclaiming that your writing proves it isn't necessary, then you haven't done it.
Should I say something to the author?
P.S. If you like novels where the female narrator doesn't mention her boobs even once, here's my book.…

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Oct 3, 2018
Sigh. Just in case you need another reason to roll your eyes out of your head, some professors think "academic grievance studies" (read: race and gender studies) are ruining scholarship, so to prove it, they published a bunch of hoax papers.…
I'm sure I don't need to explain why this is bullshit, but in case you don't feel like reading their whole article (which is smart of you), I present: Why This Is Bullshit.
First: They wrote 20 hoax papers. All 20 got rejected by all the top journals. Just seven managed to get published by obscure, less reputable journals. Sounds like academia is doing a fine job weeding out hoaxes from real research.
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Aug 11, 2018
Hollywood keeps threatening to remake The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. IF YOU LAY A FINGER ON THIS PRICELESS CINEMATIC GEM...
Buckaroo Banzai is the story of a brain surgeon/particle physicist/racecar driver/rock star who saves the earth from aliens from the 8th Dimension who invaded under the guise of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds. He also falls in love with his dead wife's long-lost identical twin.
This movie has everything: Jamaican aliens, Jeff Goldblum in a cowboy outfit, a girl named John, Christopher Lloyd insisting that his name is not pronounced "Bigbooty"...
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Aug 4, 2018
I've done nothing but riff on Avril Lavigne all week.
He was a hater boy. She said "See you later, boy."…
He was a freighter boy. She said "See you later, boy."
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Aug 1, 2018
I rarely hear sci-fi people discuss the ethics of terraforming. The impact on plants, animals, and people rightly dominates discussions of large-scale engineering projects on Earth, but does that really mean there are no ethical implications to altering a lifeless planet?
For instance, presumably rather few creatures are dependent for their survival specifically on Utah's Delicate Arch. But I think most would agree that blowing it up to make room for human development would be a major loss. Terraforming is that writ large.
Most people in the sci-fi/futurist community treat the effects on the planet's indigenous life and the implications for humans on Earth as the only factors. But the original planet as it was no longer exists. It's gone. Who gave us permission to do that?
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Sure, go ahead, take what this dude gives you and inject it into your arm. That sounds smart.
Apparently the solution to the pharmaceutical industry is...basement meth labs?
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In summer 1937, a group of surrealists including Max Ernst (bottom left) and Leonora Carrington (bottom center) went into the woods of Cornwall to perform occult rituals. (If it isn't obvious from the photo, they were also hooking up in every combination.) #FolkloreThursday
Surrealists loved occultism. Here they are holding a seance in 1926. #FolkloreThursday
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