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24 June 2014 @ 12:31 am
Apparently MZB was evil (*trigger warnings* on this post)  
I was a fan not of her writing, but of the Sword & Sorceress series that she edited because it did something so few fantasy writings I'd picked up did: required that the main characters be women. I think at one point I had actually purchased a good chunk of them (into the 20s). Apparently she was also one of the founders of SCA, an organization I enjoy hearing about, even if I've never joined.

But I did not know that Marion Zimmer Bradley was evil.

Her daughter has opened up to discuss how her mother abused her. [again, trigger warnings - there's not graphic stuff here (except in comments), but there is emotional stuff that is pretty bad]

I'm sickened. I'm glad that there is a different kind of conversation in fandom now than there seems to have been in the 1960s around the "Breendoggle" that was her husband's pedophilia.

I know it doesn't stop violent people (and that's what it is, it's violence), but I also know without language, without language making clear that this is not acceptable, without voicing, putting into words, discussing, reading, sharing, and describing these things, no one is helped. At least with language changing, with the conversation changing, with words like abuse, and violence, rape, pedophilia, power and powerlessness, we have different definitions, we have names for these acts - names that help define them and conversations that help defined them as evil.

also posted to katekat on dreamwidth | you can reply here or there
 
 
 
Muriellemurielle on June 24th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I am shocked. I read the Mists of Avalon and really loved it. Now when I think of her I'll also think of her daughter's poem, Mother's Hands.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 24th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
i hear you - i absolutely was too.

and actually, that's a pretty good idea - to think of them both at the same time - because i do think severely damaged people can create things of beauty beyond themselves.
Muriellemurielle on June 25th, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
"...damaged people can create things of beauty beyond themselves."

Yes!