I know I don't say terrible amounts on the comings and goings of fandom. I follow it like crazy, for sure (with my fabulous flist, who couldn't?).
The whole Warriors for Innocence thing though? It hits a few sore spots.
For those who need the catch up (Really, you still do?):http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/266024.htmlhttp://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/266996.html
Basically (and you may read, make your own opinions of what happened), a bunch of journals and communities were deleted for having interests such as incest, rape, pedophilia, etc.
(Side note, I think to be fair to LJ, read http://femmequixotic.livejournal.com/292480.html
, which isn't them talking, but is as close to it as you can get)
Personally, I know a lot of these sorts of people. If anyone doesn't know, I'll state here I read and enjoy Wincest, Petrellicest, I've written that sort of stuff in HP fandom before. I know a lot of people who do all of the above.
But besides feeling like these are my people, I think there's a bigger issue. It's not the fact that some of these journals were basically harmless (there was a journal about the book Lolita deleted in the purging).
No, what I am going to rant about, and what I shake my finger at those of you saying "well it's just the journals with the child!porn and incest" for is CENSORSHIP.
Because I've said here before I have a bone to pick with America, and a large part of it is that they tote that I have all these freedoms while subverting them away secretly. I saw a newscast about people trying to get Fahrenheit 451 taken from a school because it was anti-Christian (oh, the irony
But we're authors. Even if all we write is fanfiction, we are supposed to stand for the truth, as it is. And that truth can include everything that reality itself can include. That's why it is fiction. Yes, reality is raped in the hands of a bad writer, and no, not all of these subjects are given the proper respect by everyone who touches them.
But they are real. I've seen serious literature take a fall to these groups, and I realize this isn't always the same. That some of these fanfics are about OMG!the hawt sex! and what not. I don't care. I don't agree if I care for the things that happens in those stories or not. I don't want to see any piece of writing fall to the hands of censorship. I can't believe any of you would either. Because it is about what it stands for. It stands for our freedom. This is our ability to explore the issues we chose and try to expand points of views with words. For better or worse. It's not about
if every person does it. It's not about
if every piece of fiction is meaningful. It's about our right to do it
And I'm not just talking about LJ. I'm talking about every gain that the people who try to censor writing gain. Because Ray Bradbury was right. It comes in little steps. We try not to offend one group of people. Then another. Then another. Then we have no books, no writing, that way we aren't offending anyone.
So anyone let me know if this thing gets any sort of real movement going. I'm on board.And yes, if censorship weren't involved, I wouldn't be so dramatic, but it is, it is what is happening, and I don't stand by it.