Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Oh, dear. I've gone and been a little testy. Big mouth really does strike again. Not that it matters to anyone but me, and not that any more than about three or four folks will ever notice before yawning and moving on. But if I don't mention that I've done so, then it'll look as if I'm ashamed of myself, and I'd rather not add that to the undoubtedly poor impression I've already created. You see, today's The Year In Comics piece has been postponed, and in its place over at Sequart sits an essay from yours truly - here - which takes aim at two profoundly uncharitable, misogynistic and stupid-headed articles by another contributor to the site. It's the first time I've ever picked up cudgels and had at another blogger, and I hope it'll be the last time too. But since I always place a link up to the latest The Year In Comics post on a Tuesday, I thought it might look a little craven if I failed to mention what I'd done.
Kelly Thompson's No, It's Not Equal article over at Comic Book Resources kicked the whole thing off, though Ms Thompson's entirely blameless for what followed. Hers was a principled and decent-hearted piece which I'm convinced only an ungenerous pedant or dedicated chauvinist would choose to tilt at. Enter Mr Gene Philips, who used Sequart's magazine section to offer two "critiques" of Ms Thompson's work - here and here - which made me feel - shall I try to be polite? - somewhat disconcerted.
Please don't get me wrong; I'm not saying this because I have a deluded ambition to ride to Ms Thompson's rescue. As I've said in the post, she needs no rescuing at all. She can and does look after herself very effectively indeed. Yes, I was appalled at the way in which her beliefs and work was discussed, but then, I'd be appalled at anybody being treated in that way. Nor am I rising to take on those pathetic articles because the bods and readers at Sequart didn't. There's been an admirable and politely forceful response in the comments there, with publisher Julian Darius taking a lead.
As for why I did break my long habit of not tilting at other bloggers, well, I've explained that in the piece. I can't say it's an entertaining post, and it's certainly not a short one. Mea culpa. But it's there, should you inexplicably have the time to kill and nothing at all better to kill it with, and I don't want to give the impression that I wish I'd never posted it in the first place.