I’ll Write What I Want
I go out of my way not to argue on social media. It’s usually a pointless waste of time.
But if you try to tell me what I can write about, I’m going to flag you with my freedom card.
“Write What Is Acceptable!”
Listen, some “slippery slope” arguments are fallacious, and some are very real dangers. People en masse are n’t going to try and marry their pets or their children because suddenly gay marriage is legal. There may be some nutcases who try to make it into a thing, but those people don’t constitute a slippery slope, those are outliers. Those kinds of broken people are not indicative of a trend , they’re just statistical anomalies because there are so many people in the world.
Most thinking people understand that. So why do we get social justice warriors
(and I don’t use this term disparagingly, I almost always agree with many aspects of their arguments) who think that fiction needs to align with what is acceptable in reality?
This is not the first time I’ve written about this and it won’t be the last.
Don’t tell me I can’t write non-consensual sex. Fuck you. Maybe you’ve never written a fight scene, but guess what? That shit‘s illegal and/or wrong, too. I don’t want to kill people, and I never have, and hopefully I never will. But I write about it sometimes because I write fiction, and bad things happen to people, and it’s interesting to read about. It’s called conflict.
If you’re trying to tell me what I can or can’t write, all of those strike-throughs above? You did that.
And you can count on a fight about it in this neighborhood. There’s nothing wrong with expecting people to behave themselves. There is plenty wrong in trying to dictate what can happen between my ears, or in my thoughts, or in my fiction.
Start thinking harder, please, before it’s too late.