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Going the grope

I first saw this on divalea's lj  - but didn't quite absorb it - Harlan Ellison groped Connie Willis onstage at the Hugo Awards

Patrick Neilsen Hayden puts it in context:

Harlan Ellison groping Connie Willis on stage at the Hugos wasn't funny and it wasn't okay. I understand (from third parties; I haven't spoken to her about it) that Connie Willis's position is that Ellison has done worse and she can handle him, but I really didn't want to watch it and neither, I think, did a lot of other people in the audience. Up to then the comedic schtick aspects of the Hugo presentation had been genuinely funny. After that, I think, many of us just wanted it all to stop.

Just as with George W. Bush's now-famous uninvited shoulder-rub of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the basic message of Ellison's tit-grab is this: "Remember, you may think you have standing, status, and normal, everyday adult dignity, but we can take it back at any time. If you are female, you'll never be safe. You can be the political leader of the most powerful country in Europe. You can be the most honored female writer in modern science fiction. We can still demean you, if we feel like it, and at random intervals, just to keep you in line, we will."

It's not okay. It's not funny. It wasn't a blow against bourgeois pieties or political correctness. It was just pathetic and nasty and sad and most of us didn't want to watch it. It's another thing that's going to stop.

There's more here.

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Wow, they still let the old bastard out occassionally. Never did like his books anyway. Tried to read them, but the ugliness
defeated me.

Dear oh dear. Sometimes it doesn't feel like we've come very far at all, does it?

I wish we could see Connie Willis knees Ellison's Gonads into Orbit headlines, but I guess I'm out of luck...

No! You happen to be in luck (for a much needed change)...

Wishful thinking

Ohhhhhh, mon giggle est large :)

I'd hope that most of us have come a long way, and only certain fossils and throwbacks are the exception, not the rule.

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