While at RT I wandered past the Manlove promo swag and said to the woman standing next to me, “mrwow! Verra sexy!” and it was. Classy, sexy and really well done artwork.
When I went by later it was gone and I thought, “well done, manlove chicks!” but later I heard rumors about how the material had been taken down by the hyatt but never from anyone directly involved or even with actual details.
Until yesterday when I read Ally Blue’s blog that linked to Laura Baumbach’s. You can read the whole sordid story there.
We’re all authors – at any given time there’s going to be someone who doesn’t like what we do. Even if boysmut didn’t make me all tingly (especially Laura and Ally’s) if I didn’t like it, I’m certainly able to oh, I don’t know, walk on by. We’re all adults and I saw those materials which were not explicit at all – especially in comparison to some of the other stuff I saw.
It’s a sad day when we can’t just walk by things we don’t like but instead seek to censor what OTHER people may be interested in. I don’t need a parent, I’m a grown woman. These materials were in a conference area filled with other adults. If you’re so fragile you can’t just avert your eyes, I feel for you but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to censor what I read or see.
May 3rd, 2007 at 6:16 am · Link
What did you think about Carol Stacy’s “for the record” comments on that blog? I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that part. I think maybe a part of me doesn’t wanna believe what i was reading… 😥
May 3rd, 2007 at 10:04 am · Link
Man, I read that blog, Carol Stacy’s statement and all the responses since. This entire thing sickens me. I wish there was another large convention we writers could attend that drew the amount of Readership as the RT convention. I’d go in a heartbeat!!
May 6th, 2007 at 6:55 pm · Link
I’m rather irritated for Laura *sigh*
May 6th, 2007 at 7:38 pm · Link
Lauren, I agree with you about how despicable the behavior of RT and the Hyatt was. I may not be a M/M writer or reader, but if they can discriminate against Laura they can do so against me. I’m proud of how so many writers have spoken out in support of her.