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Flayed alive.

Maybe that one joke on Big Bang Theory about how no one has ever seen a pretty girl in a comic book shop isn’t, by itself, a big deal. But it’s not just one joke. It’s a constant flood of messages whispering about who does and doesn’t belong. It’s cover art that reduces women to sexual objects, helpless to do anything but thrust their butt and boobs at you. It’s stories that treat rape as a mandatory plot twist for female character development. It’s the ongoing practice of using white actors to play characters of color vs. the hurricane-strength crapstorm that rolls in the moment someone casts a black actor to play Johnny Storm. It’s editors saying they’d be happy to buy that book, but only if the author makes the gay character straight.

When I get a paper cut, it stings, but it’s not the end of the world. I might swear a bit, but I grab a band-aid and I get on with my life. And then someone else goes online to write this big, long blog post about their own paper cut, and maybe I’m thinking, “Why are you making a mountain out of a molehill?” Because I ignore the fact that for them, it isn’t just one paper cut, but one of a thousand they’ve suffered this week. A single paper cut is annoying. A thousand, and you’re being flayed alive.

–Part of Jim C. Hines’ Continuum GoH speech.

2014-08-05T23:54:45+10:005th August, 2014|Tags: culture, jim c. hines, pop culture|


Books were always an escape for me, growing up. I would come home from school, where being a skinny, nearsighted, academically bright but socially clumsy geek with a speech defect meant trying to make it through the day without getting locked in my own locker again. And I could sit down with books that told me being smart was a strength. Where being an outcast made you special. These books not only helped me to escape the dystopia of junior high school, they gave me hope. They showed me possibilities. Story after story presented people like me becoming heroes…

It was years before I started to realize not everyone was as fortunate as I was.

–Jim C. Hines on representation.

2018-02-08T08:08:54+11:0015th July, 2014|Tags: books, culture, jim c. hines|

(Not so) Invisible.

The Jim C. Hines-edited collection of essays on representation in SFF, Invisible, is now available to buy.

I’ve linked a couple of the included essays here before, but would definitely encourage everyone to go pick up the whole thing. It’s like less than the price of a coffee, and all the money goes to a good cause. Plus it’s a good read.

Seriously. Why are you still here? Go buy it already!

2014-06-20T11:20:57+10:0020th June, 2014|Tags: books, culture, jim c. hines|


When you’re not the one being hurt, you might not even notice the problem. You might decide it’s all blown out of proportion. Or maybe you admit that yeah, there might be a problem here, but you blow it off because the solution would inconvenience you in some way, or make you uncomfortable. […]

You’re right. I choose to be offended angry. I see people talking about how finding someone like them in a SF/F story literally saved their life. And then I see people responding with mockery and derision to calls for broader representation. I see people who have traditionally been ignored and silenced raising their voices to speak about their experiences, only to have those experiences dismissed as “butthurt” by those who haven’t had to live through them.

When I choose to be angry, and to speak out about things, it’s because I see people hurting.

–Jim C. Hines chooses to be offended.

The quote here is cut down quite a bit, so please do go read the original.

2014-05-27T23:47:08+10:0027th May, 2014|Tags: culture, jim c. hines, pop culture|

Not what it looks like.

The problem is that so many people think that’s all racism and sexism and homophobia and discrimination are — “Whites only” signs and lynchings and KKK rallies. As long as we don’t have any of those at a convention, what’s the problem? If an event doesn’t turn into Tailhook, then there’s nothing for women to complain about!

If that’s the foundation for your understanding of discrimination and inequality, then I can see how you’d be confused by ongoing conversations about the need to do better. I suspect this is why some people react to such conversations as if they’ve been personally attacked. When I point out that SF/F has a problem with inclusiveness, a fair number of people seem to hear, “The Genre Police are accusing me of being racist/sexist/homophobic/bigoted/etc, and that’s not true at all! Why, I love Martin Luther King, Junior, and I’ve never attended a KKK march!”

–Jim C. Hines on unpacking our knapsacks.

2015-06-23T11:09:49+10:0016th March, 2014|Tags: culture, jim c. hines, pop culture|

Fake Writer Girls.

It would be nice if these Fake Writer Girls could just stay in the romance section, because we all know romance isn’t a real genre. I mean, sure, romance makes up 55% of all fiction sales, but a real man wouldn’t be caught dead reading that stuff, so it doesn’t count. Besides, ALL ROMANCE NOVELS ARE JUST FORMULAIC, UNIMAGINATIVE HACKWORK! (On a totally unrelated note, I just remembered that I have to write a review of this awesome book I read last week. It’s just like Lord of the Rings, except instead of a ring, it’s a cursed dagger! Brilliantly original stuff.)

–Jim C. Hines calls out the real problem in the fiction section

2013-11-03T20:11:46+11:003rd November, 2013|Tags: books, jim c. hines, satire|