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We do not publish “reverse discrimination” stories. ”Reverse discrimination” stories are single issue stories that follow a predictable premise: what if [privileged real life group] was actually discriminated against/oppressed/un-privileged?

Examples: what if most of society was gay, and straight people were the discriminated minority? What if most male babies were killed and men were kept just for breeding? What if everyone was intersex, and cis-sexual people were considered “freaks”? Etc.

Not only are these “single issue” stories about discrimination (usually by authors with no real life experience with the forms of discrimination described, it’s just made up), these stories do not further our mission of promoting the inclusion and representation of real life minorities in spec fic. In fact, these stories do exact the opposite — they pretend that privileged, majority authors can understand and write about the dis-privileged/minority/oppressed perspective if they just turn the tables in a simplistic, linear thought experiment.

These stories also often frame the real-life oppressed people as the new oppressors: violent, insensitive, bigoted, etc. We believe the spec fic world does not need more “Poor oppressed men! Poor oppressed straight people! etc.” stories. These stories only marginalize already marginalized people even more. Please let minority/dis-privileged authors speak for themselves.

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excerpt from the submission guidelines for Expanded Horizons, a magazine that has the goal of expanding diversity in speculative fiction.  

The editor of the magazine writes:  

"I’ve been REGULARLY getting plots pretty much like this in the Expanded Horizons slush pile for the four years we’ve been running the magazine. They’re standard fare, even though we have several explicit guidelines telling writers not to send them…which is less a “guideline” and more of a “no really, don’t send us this crap” rule…

"These stories are a dime a dozen. I’ve seen it with LGBT issues, with racial issues, with gender issues, and with other axes of identity. The concept is not new, not creative, not original, not fresh, and not clever. For any axis of real-world privilege, there are sci fi authors (and would-be authors) who think they are so clever for making themselves (as real-world privileged people) the "new oppressed people, oh woe is us!"

"…The sad truth is that this is the status quo of the slush pile, even for a magazine that explicitly demands that these stories not be sent to it. Usually, in my opinion, the authors are not explicitly setting out to be -ist, but they really misunderstand very basic things about How Oppression Works, and it shows, and it hurts."

Racism is an atrocity, and that is the backbone of this book. That is very clear to anyone with an appreciation for irony who reads it.

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Marvin Kaye at Weird Tales

Apparently, Weird Tales will be publishing the first chapter of Victoria Foyt’s racist atrocity of a novella, Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden. Also, apparently, people who think the book is racist don’t appreciate irony and are big, mean dumdums, upon whom Mr. Kaye wishes “a blessing and a curse”:

The blessing is to wish they acquire sufficient wit, wisdom and depth of literary analysis to understand what they read, and also the compassion not to attack others merely because they hold a different opinion.

The curse is an integral part of the blessing…for if they do acquire those virtues, they will then necessarily look at their own behaviour, and be thoroughly ashamed.

Right. WE’LL be the ones ashamed.

N.K. Jemisin writes more about this at her blog.

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hydri:

She used the “calling me racist make you a racist” argument.

So, calling out your usage of blackface in your book is racist?

” Without reading the novel or understanding the premise, some believe that the photo shows the girl in ‘blackface’. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

No, what she is doing /IS/ blackface, no matter how much you try to sugarcoat it.

And I read the “novel” (It sucks and reeks of racism so, I wouldn’t recommend it to ANYONE.)

Here’s a passage:

“But it protects her from The Heat!!”

(The Heat, she claims, is skin cancer.) Do you not know that people, no matter their skin color, can get get skin cancer.

The sun does not discriminate.

The sun does not discriminate.

    fangboners asked
    Oh god, I just Victoria Foyt's goodreads post, "White, and in the minority." She is truly delusional: "I like to imagine a caramel-colored future where racial lines are indistinct and issues of prejudice a thing of the past. Where inner beauty and character are valued over a pretty face. Perhaps, because I'm in the majority, I can ponder such issues with what some may say is naïveté. I would call it hope."

    Answer:

    I would call it ignorance.

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greaterthanlapsed:

Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday or she’ll be left outside to die in the Heat. But who will pick up her mate-option when she’s cursed with blond hair, blue-eyes and a tragically low mate-rate of 15 percent? In a post-apocalyptic world where resistance to the overheated environment defines class and beauty, Eden’s coloring brands her as a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she’ll be safe. But when she unwittingly compromises her father’s secret experiment, she is thrust into the last patch of rainforest, and into the arms of the powerful, beastly man who she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must fight to survive, but only if she can redefine beauty and true love. Acclaimed writer VICTORIA FOYT blends equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this captivating novel set in a terrifying future, which is all too easy to imagine. (via Buy the Book | Revealing Eden | Best Fantasy Romance Novel of 2012)
So, they seriously went with “beastly” as a descriptor for a black man?
And that cover design? With the animal eyes and the half blackface?
Everything I see and read about this book is worse than the last thing I saw about it.

greaterthanlapsed:

Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday or she’ll be left outside to die in the Heat. But who will pick up her mate-option when she’s cursed with blond hair, blue-eyes and a tragically low mate-rate of 15 percent? In a post-apocalyptic world where resistance to the overheated environment defines class and beauty, Eden’s coloring brands her as a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she’ll be safe. But when she unwittingly compromises her father’s secret experiment, she is thrust into the last patch of rainforest, and into the arms of the powerful, beastly man who she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must fight to survive, but only if she can redefine beauty and true love. Acclaimed writer VICTORIA FOYT blends equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this captivating novel set in a terrifying future, which is all too easy to imagine. (via Buy the Book | Revealing Eden | Best Fantasy Romance Novel of 2012)

So, they seriously went with “beastly” as a descriptor for a black man?

And that cover design? With the animal eyes and the half blackface?

Everything I see and read about this book is worse than the last thing I saw about it.

because we don’t live in a post-racial society
teaching your child to be colorblind is wrong
being colorblind yourself is wrong because it implies that here is something wrong and undesirable about color, that it makes you uncomfortable and that people of color are somehow obligated to pretend that they are racially the same as white people when in fact nothing could be more untrue.
i am a young adult and for victoria foyt to attest that she hopes my generation views race in a unique manner—that is, a manner according to her and an extension of her which is her bullshit book and yet again the color fucking blind manner which is nothing unique and nothing new—is frankly insulting. it is insulting to my experience as a woman of color and the racism, scrutiny and otherization i have had to withstand my whole life long.
her book is nothing revolutionary, it is nothing new. it once again has a white heroine like any other book in mainstream fiction. it employs vile stereotypes about black people and particularly black men, establishing the white woman as the victim and the black man as her sexualized oppressor. she uses once again the narrative that led to black men dying, being abused and dehumanized for perceived offenses against white women. once again the white woman victim complex that i cannot fucking stand. and yet this woman still has the gall to insist that she’s not racist, she’s colorblind

By chiseled god of the seam: i am so fucking tired of white people thinking we live in a post-racial society 
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stellardriftt:

Generally, I find it incredibly distasteful to write a fiction in which the oppressors are now oppressed as if it was only the flip of a coin that created the power imbalance and as if it were not something that were still going on today.

It’s like this time my dad made me watch this episode of Star Trek: Enterprise where they land on a world where women are dominant and the men are so “oppressed” by them, i.e. they are made to wear revealing clothing and aren’t allowed into the political sphere.  

It’s projection at it’s finest, really. The oppressors who control the media, write a fiction about the oppressed group being the ones with power and how they would do just the same as them, which has no basis in fact.  

Now there is this recently published novel, Revealing Eden, where white people are a hated minority and are called “Pearls.” Black people are the oppressors yet call themselves “Coal.” Do I really need to go any further with that?

The blatant racism is disgusting, aside from that, the fact that there is no need to write a “what if?” about racism when it is still such a prevalent part of our culture.  The author thinks that this some kind of insightful analysis that will change the way people [read: white people] see racism.  If the only way to get white people to care about racism is writing a book on reverse racism then please just shoot me now. 

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Her love interest, Bramford, is a Coal. So yeah, this is about an interracial relationship in a post-apocalyptic world. Or more narrowly, if you take out the question of race, a Beauty and the Beast story in which both parties must find self-acceptance (no story spoilers) before they can discover true love.

Not too many years ago, I can imagine that this story might have generated heated comments about the sexualized fantasies about black men. And yeah, there was one. And having checked out that blogger, I strongly suspect that he belongs to a much older generation than young adults.

Otherwise, I’m happily surprised to say there has been not a blip of protest.

So what does the lack of any racial outrage or puzzlement or fervor amidst the tremendous rain of positive reviews possibly say?

Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash. The first young African American reader who responded to me loved the book. But then, she’s the kind of free spirit who would eschew limiting herself to a single category.

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Victoria Foyt, Author of Save the Pearls being the biggest idiot ever, quite possibly.

not a single blip of protest.

HAHAHAHAHA.

(via missturdle)

I HAVE NEVER READ SUCH STUPIDITY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I ACTUALLY WANT TO SCREAM. WHAT.

HER LOVE INTEREST IS A “COAL,” SO HE’S A PoC RIGHT? AND THE LOVE STORY IS LIKE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?

AND THE DARK SKINNED MAN.

THE “COAL.” IS BEAST LIKE?

YEAH MAN, YOU’RE BREAKING SOME REAL GROUND WITH THIS STORY.

(via fangirlingforeverz)

wait wait

so white people are referred to as “pearls” while POC specifically black people are coals? really? fuck this person may they get thrown into the ocean forever

(via thesavagesalad)

No, no, really. I want her to keep talking and defending this crap. Because the more she does the worse it gets.

(via ouyangdan)

*sigh, rubs temples*

I really really need to work on my stories if this shit is being published.

(via reanimatrix)

“Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists…” are you saying poc don’t read…?

(via repede)
"Save the Pearls" is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next "The Hunger Games."  The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’"

It uses blackface as a plot device.

In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color.  In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.”  Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.”  The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.

The rule in Eden’s post-apocalyptic world is: the darker the skin, the higher the mate-rate. Other factors calculated into one’s mate-rate include wealth or employment status. For example, Ronson Bramford, a handsome Coal titan of industry, is at the top of the heap with a mate rate of 98%. At age twenty-two, he only has two years left in which to mate—or else he’d probably have a 100% mate-rate. Tiger’s-Eyes, or Latinos, usually rate above Ambers, or Asians, in the future race wars. White-skinned Pearls offer little resistance to The Heat, and therefore, are at the bottom. Only a Cotton, or Albino, would be lower.”

THE MIND IT BOGGLES.
"Save the Pearls" is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next "The Hunger Games." The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’"

It uses blackface as a plot device.

In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color. In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.” Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.” The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.

The rule in Eden’s post-apocalyptic world is: the darker the skin, the higher the mate-rate. Other factors calculated into one’s mate-rate include wealth or employment status. For example, Ronson Bramford, a handsome Coal titan of industry, is at the top of the heap with a mate rate of 98%. At age twenty-two, he only has two years left in which to mate—or else he’d probably have a 100% mate-rate. Tiger’s-Eyes, or Latinos, usually rate above Ambers, or Asians, in the future race wars. White-skinned Pearls offer little resistance to The Heat, and therefore, are at the bottom. Only a Cotton, or Albino, would be lower.”

THE MIND IT BOGGLES.