"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
How do you say, ze strong women?

Joss Whedon's Equality Now speech

As a fan of Joss's work, and of Scott Westerfeld's, and of Phillip Pullman, and other men who write strong female characters, I kind of have to think a psytech would wonder that out of all those men writing kickass chicks, the only women writing kickass chicks that I've been able to really get behind are Karen Traviss (and not the Star Wars books that Gabe and Tycho over at Penny Arcade have been fapping about), or Amy Hempel (whose pseudo-her has a steel filament running underneath all the flaws and worries).

Maybe it's because most female authors make me crazy in terms of their characterizations, so I've avoided them. It's something that used to bother me a lot, but now it's hard to bother. A lot of it just comes down to how my mind works, and the kind of prose and characterization it'll accept. Seeing how much I love Hempel's work (the content of which is typically outside my light cone), I feel like I tell myself it's just a statistical oddity more than anything else.

"So why do you create these strong female characters?"
"Because they're hot."
"No, but so why --"
"Why is this even a question?"


[via aab]

October 9, 2006 6:02 PM