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Update 10/20: RequiresHate has posted an apology for the actions of her RH blog. However, she's also disclaimed responsibility for threats given out under the Winterfox brand. She claims that some, such as threatening an Asian woman with being raped by dogs, was the work of an impostor. I haven't been able to find any earlier mentions of an impostor, but large swathes of both the RH blog and Winterfox's backlog of comments remain deleted, so that's probably impossible to verify unless a witness wants to speak up. She's also apologized on A Bee Writes, her professional bog.

There's a theme of "I was an asshole but I've gotten better as the years have passed," which is something most of us have probably lived through ourselves -- however, Winterfox harassed a rape victim for six months as late as last year, so any decrease in assholery is going to be a very recent phenomenon. Intentionally or not, these apologies seem to further the narrative that the controversy is primarily about RequiresHate's book reviews rather than Winterfox's decade-long troll campaign. They also repeat assertions that all of Sriduangkaew's bad behavior was in the distant past, despite her harassment continuing into 2013 at least.

An open question to pro sci-fi: since Sriduangkaew has admitted she was wrong, can we stop arguing it's okay to threaten women of color with rape and assault if someone we like is doing it?
 

I had to stop following this wank for a couple of days to meet some RL deadlines. I wished someone had made a roundup post to summarize what's going on -- so I'm making one. If you're not interested in seeing some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy authors make excuses for abusers, enable trolling, and belittle women of color who have received rape threats, stop reading now. It gets ugly.

This post is a work in progress and the wank is ongoing. Please feel free to comment with updates, corrections, and discussion. Anon comments are turned on, but I will delete with extreme prejudice at the first whiff of trolling.

Here's a timeline of events for this most recent blowup. 

  

 

Who is Benjanun Sriduangkaew?

Benjanun Sriduangkaew is an up-and-coming science fiction author from Thailand. First published in 2012, she has been nominated for a Campbell award for best new writer and her stories have been reviewed favorably in several publications. Her public persona is cheerful, friendly, and new to the genre. She blogs at A Bee Writes and on Twitter.

 

Requires Only That You Hate is Sriduangkaew's sci-fi/fantasy review blog which she runs under the pseudonym RequiresHate. ROTYH is famous for using violent rhetoric in reviews, including some that amount to murder fantasies, but has received some measure of critical acclaim among sci-fi and fantasy pros. (Sriduangkaew has recently deleted many of her most vitriolic reviews, following a long-established pattern of deleting posts that make her look bad.) Though RequiresHate reviewed many epic fantasy novels, Sriduangkaew claimed not to have read epic fantasy at all until last month. RequiresHate also has a Twitter feed. [Edit: that feed is now defunct.]

Winterfox is Sriduangkaew's long-standing troll pseudonym, which has been active since at least 2004. As Winterfox, she's famous for directing threats of rape and assault at various people, particularly women, especially queer women and women of color. For example, she threatened one Central Asian woman with rape by dogs for the crime of liking different videogames than Winterfox.

She shut down discussion in 50books_poc by directing personal attacks at authors such as Cindy Pon, harassing commenters who liked books she didn't, and making racist comments to various minority members of the comm -- one famous example involved accusing a Cambodian woman of crying "white woman's tears." 50books_poc was a community dedicated to reading and discussing the works of authors of color. Winterfox's personal hatred for certain authors of color and anyone who enjoyed reading them lead to the death of the comm.

In an unrelated incident, she drove one woman to attempt suicide. (Some of her fans then mocked the victim for the attempt.) Here is the account of a rape victim whom Winterfox harassed for at least six months in 2013. Any claims that Winterfox stopped harassing people years ago are lies, unless last year is now the distant past. Here is an account of a victim from 2012.

I can't sum up ten years of trolling in one post, but you can get a decent overview here. Known Winterfox aliases include acrackedmoon, pyrofennec, Valse de Lune, and Lesifoere. In brief, she's not one of the top ten misogynist assholes on the Internet, but that's not for lack of trying.

What the hell's happening?

It's been public knowledge for years that RequiresHate and Winterfox are one and the same. Meanwhile, Benjanun Sriduangkaew appeared to be just what she claimed: a sweet, friendly newcomer to sci-fi.

Last week, however, editor Nick Mamatas publicly outed Sriduangkaew as RequiresHate/Winterfox. His motivations for doing this are unclear, and it seems to have been done without Sriduangkaew's permission. As Mamatas has published several of her stories -- and therefore written several of her paychecks -- there're some serious ethical concerns about his actions here. (Full disclosure: Nick's banned from commenting in my space, but you can find him speaking in his own defense, or not, just about everywhere.)

EDIT: There's some debate over whether or not Nick Mamatas was in fact the person to out her. This comment was posted in early September, referring to rumors circulating among SFF pros that RequiresHate and Benjanun Sriduangkaew were the same person. I'm leaving the link to Mamatas's post up as the source for now until I can get some more clarity, because the Mamatas post is where most of the people who aren't SFF pros (including yours truly) heard it first.

This outing followed a post by author Tricia Sullivan in which she did not name names but discussed her recent experiences with a "toxic person" -- meaning Sriduangkaew. Sullivan reports that Sriduangkaew had befriended her and Sullivan had recommended Sriduangkaew to a couple of editors. When Sullivan later found out that Sriduangkaew is Winterfox, Sullivan privately contacted those editors and withdrew her recommendation, not wanting to be associated with a troll. Again, Tricia Sullivan did not name the person she was talking about and did not publicly out Sriduangkaew as Winterfox. Nick Mamatas did that. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.

Following Mamatas's outting of Sriduangkaew, reviewer James Nicoll made a post in his LiveJournal, where the comments quickly exploded. (Note: Nicoll froze the post, but only after several days of single-handedly moderating a large, intense, and often nasty discussion across a national holiday.) This is where the discussion gets really ugly, because this is where Winterfox's victims start coming forward.

A sample: She said, posting as Winterfox not all that long ago, in a posting that has now been deleted in a semi-private venue, that I ought to be raped by dogs. (This is bad enough as it is, but I come from a country where dogs have traditionally been seen as distasteful or, for lack of a better word, unclean. She knew this; my being an American woman POC formerly from this country was explicitly part of why she targeted me. So it was meant as both a sexualized and culturalized threat and insult.)

Friends of Winterfox showed up to explain why rape threats aren't really threats, why women of color being threatened with rape is okay as long as it's another woman of color doing it, and that the correct response to feeling threatened is to toughen up.

Where discussion's taking place.

This is a list only. I can't vouch for or recommend any of these places in particular.

A lot of the current discussion among SFF pros is taking place on Twitter.
Discussion on RPG.net
Discussion on Dear Author 
Discussion at Absolute Write

Discussion at OhNoTheyDidn't [locked to comm members]
Discussion on tumblr [one of possibly many]
Discussion of the apology at James Nicoll's journal

Author Tori Truslow postsabout the Sullivan/Sriduangkaew feud

Who's siding with whom.

I'm listing only SFF professionals who have made explicit statements one way or another. I'm not linking to random fans. Also, a lot of writers have sent messages of support to Sriduangkaew on Twitter, but many were told only that she is a young writer feeling some heat for controversial opinions. At least one author has retracted her support and expressed anger at being mislead, so please keep that in mind before judging anyone on the basis of a single statement. The assholes here are making plenty of statements to judge.

Defending abuse

Djibril Al-Ayad
K Tempest Bradford (EDIT: retracting my editorializing here until I have links to back it up)
Jaymee Goh (here's a cap of a deleted post where she asks victims to stay silent)
Kameron Hurley 
Keffy R. M. Kehrli (also here)
Alex Dally Macfarlane
Nick Mamatas

EDIT: One of the names I listed under "defending abuse" was not a pro writer, violating my own rule. I've removed the name and I apologize for the error.

Defending the victims:

Polenth Blake
Kate Elliot
Caitlin Kiernan
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Tricia Sullivan

Ambivalent:

Charles Stross

Rumors, Distortions, and Lies (with the Occassional Truth)

I'm going to try to sort out the rumors that are flying around.

CLAIM
Liz Williams or Tricia Sullivan publicly outed Benjanun Sriduangkaew as RequiresHate/Winterfox.
Status: FALSE
Nick Mamatas did the outing.

CLAIM
"Benjanun Sriduangkaew" is a pseudonym.
Status: UNCONFIRMED
The only evidence for this so far is a comment from Nick Mamatas that he doubts Sriduangkaew is the author's real name, combined with a general sentiment that Winterfox wouldn't know the truth if it bit her. Anything else is simply speculation, and to be honest some of it sounds pretty racist on the basis of her having a "funny name" so let's not, okay?

CLAIM
Authors Liz Williams and Tricia Sullivan have conducted a poison pen campaign to ruin Sriduangkaew's career.
Status: SORT OF
Sullivan says she's contacted editors to withdraw her recommendation of Sridaengkeuw and has privately warned friends about Sridaengkeuw's habits. Whether this constitutes smearing a new writer or simply giving fair warning about a troll depends a lot on what you think about people being held responsible for their actions.

CLAIM
Sriduangkaew has contacted publishers and reviewers (falsely) accusing numerous authors of racist harassment and asking that those writers be blackballed -- often writers with whom she was publicly friendly.
Status: UNCONFIRMED
Tricia Sullivan's post says this, and it fits Winterfox's pattern, but there's as yet no proof. Nick Mamatas has also made statements which suggest this is true, but it's unclear if he's working from firsthand information himself.

CLAIM
No one speaking out against Sriduangkaew has spoken out against white male harassers in the past.
Status: FALSE.
Complete pile of horseshit. Here are the results of five seconds worth of googling by a kind anon.

CLAIM
Everyone speaking out against Sriduangkaew is an author angry that their books were reviewed poorly on Requires Only That You Hate.
Status: FALSE
Winterfox has been trolling for ten years. The majority of her victims are not and have never been published authors. Her ROTYH reviews, while often pretty nasty in and of themselves, are not the issue. Using violent sexual threats to frighten women into silence for a decade straight is the issue.

CLAIM
Winterfox was only actively trolling for a year or two, and she was 19 at the time and too young to know better. Status: AGAINST THE LAWS OF PHYSICS Unless she was 19 years old for 10 years, this is a lie.

CLAIM
All the anonymous comments on James Nicoll's post were from one or two IP addresses.
Status: FALSE
James Nicoll confirms that this is false. He also questions how whoever started this rumor purported to know, since only Nicoll himself can see the IP addresses on his journal.

CLAIM Tricia Sullivan wrote a super racist book.
Status: MAYBE. IRRELEVANT.
If every single person Sriduangkaew has abused was a sockpuppet of Tricia Sullivan, this would be relevant. Also if Sriduangkaew has developed the power of time travel, allowing her to wreak vengeance in 2004 for a book that was written in 2012. Listen, for all I know, Sullivan's the Grand High Elf of her local KKK. That has absolutely nothing to do with Sriduangkaew's abuse of other people.

CLAIM
Polenth Blake's post about abuse didn't specifically mention that it's wrong to abuse white people, therefore Blake thinks it's okay to abuse white people.
Status: ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS. ARE YOU.
Look, fellow white people. It's okay not to talk about us in every single post! Really it is! It doesn't mean someone's out to get us if we're not the topic of the conversation.

CLAIM
Sriduangkaew has a creepy stalker following her around.
Status: TRUE
There's a person by the name of Roguey a.k.a. creepalicious popping up here and there. I don't want to link them just in case they get off on the attention, but the long and short of it is this person seems to have met Winterfox on RPGcodex and gone from there. There's no indication this is someone involved in the current wank under another name.

CLAIM
Everyone speaking out against Sriduangkaew is white.
Status: FALSE
Have you read a single damned thing I've linked?

An anon at loudlysingcuckoo@gmail.com has offered to be a sympathetic ear to victims who want to come forward, anonymously or not. I've spoken with this person privately and can confirm that this person is absolutely not Sriduangkaew nor a friend of Sriduangkaew. I'm not otherwise involved and will not see any messages sent there.

The long and short of it is that there are two sides in this wank. One side, Sriduangkaew's side, thinks it's cool to threaten women of color with being raped by dogs. The other side thinks that's bullshit. Let me make it more explicit: Sriduangkaew is a racist, misogynistic bully, and those people defending her are of necessity defending racism and misogyny.

Think about that for a minute.

Sriduangkaew isn't the worst asshole in sci-fi. That means that sci-fi has a problem with assholes, not that it's okay to threaten women with rape and murder. When your best defense is "but little Timmy did it first" you're thinking on the level of a particularly spiteful five year old. When you want abuse victims to stay silent because speaking up might hurt their abuser's career you're contributing to abuse.

Many of the people currently defending Sriduangkaew and trying to silence her victims are people who spoke out loudly against James Frenkel and Rene Walling, two recent abusers whom the sci-fi community harbored and enabled for years before finally rejecting. Just goes to show that it's all in who you know -- exactly the same things that were said in defense of Frenkel, Walling, and every other abuser in history are getting said now, by people who know better. Sriduangkaew's friends are trying to spin this story to make her the victim and make the victims afraid. To hell with that.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth.

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Date: 2014-10-20 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Maybe she does mean it all. Maybe what she means is she wished she'd never done it because of the problems it is causing her now. Maybe she doesn't mean it. Who knows.

I have trouble fully believing forced heartfelt apologies that cover all the bases. Reminds me of politicians who get caught, admit they did everything wrong and let people down, but never would have said a word if not found out. The RH apology especially bothers me, because if she felt the way she did, that she'd wronged people, she could have apologized as RH on her blog just like she did today, without outing herself. She could have said all of the same things without it having to do with her writer identity, but she chose not to. If she felt this way before, how come it took her public persona being damaged to apologize?

Why is it that so many apologies happen to appear when it happens to be socially and professionally necessary. Why is there only an apology under threat, and not just because she felt badly. Unless, of course, she only felt badly starting the last week or two.

Date: 2014-10-20 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
An addition to what I have above, the RH apology also fascinated me in what it said between the lines.

"I’ve gained a much better understanding of consequences and how people work, and the way I said much of what I said ignored the humanity of those on the receiving end."

I read this line and continued, and then I had to go back to it, because of what I realized it said, not about RH, but about those who defended and applauded her. She admits she dehumanized her victims, and so it becomes clear that her supporters defended this type of abuse from all angles. Not just harsh language, but dehumanization. I wonder if they still will defend what she did as being necessary, or "sometimes over the line," or whether they will apologize for their role in it. Or maybe they will disagree that she dehumanized anyone, and say that this is just a forced apology that shouldn't have been necessary.

The other less surprising aspect is what she leaves out.

"Yes, I did so to extremes in the sense of being relentless and insulting (“you illiterate fuck!” yes, “eat shit and die because your taste is shit!” no), and for this I very, very much do apologize."

I'd think that her saying certain people should have acid poured down their throats, be shot in the head, be stabbed, their bodies mutilated, their families attacked, etc., might be higher on the list than "you illiterate fuck" and "eat shit and die." Her choice of examples were either meant to downplay the ferocity of the attacks, or maybe she isn't apologizing to those people on purpose. I did notice that after mentioning that she dehumanized people, she specifically by name apologized only to authors of color. I can't help reading something into that.

Ah well. Maybe it's nothing. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it.

Date: 2014-10-20 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I just saw the apologies as Requires Hate and as Bee. (Weird how different they are - she's still writing as two distinct personas.)

Requires Hate/Bee/Winterfox harassed me for years on end, for no good reason - well, same reason why she harassed everyone, because she enjoys it. She followed me to different parts of the internet, calling me names, making fun of me, and turning my friends against me. For YEARS.

She didn't threaten me, but I felt threatened because she'd make one tweet saying mean but non-violent stuff about me, and the next one would be about throwing acid in someone else's face. All the excuses I've seen about her threats being just rhetoric, or just aimed at white men (which makes them okay?) doesn't mention that when RH was threatening violence to one person, it was extremely scary for the many people who she wasn't directly threatening, but vocally despised. She was clearly very angry at me and had been for years, and she was out there threatening violence and getting applauded for it. And I had no idea who she was. For all I knew, her whole persona was fake and she lived near me.

It doesn't out me to say what she did to me, because she did that to lots of people. She only stopped about two or three years ago, whenever it was that she put a hold on her Requires Hate/Winterfox persona in order to move on to greener pastures. She scared me and made me miserable for YEARS.

I'm not named in that apology, and I don't think she's sorry about anything but getting caught. I think she's a skilled writer and crafted an apology that sounds good, and she's sitting back and laughing at everyone who swallows it. For me to believe that she's really remorseful, she'd have had to apologize BEFORE she was found out and her career was threatened because many people don't want to support a vicious bully, not after.

She could have apologized to me at any time. She could have STOPPED HARASSING ME at any time. But she didn't. Why should she? I didn't have the power to hurt her career, unlike whatever science fiction professionals she's talking to now with her fake apologies.

I am STILL too scared of her to sign my name.

Date: 2014-10-20 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
# but about those who defended and applauded her. She
# admits she dehumanized her victims, and so it becomes
# clear that her supporters defended this type of abuse
# from all angles. Not just harsh language, but
# dehumanization. I wonder if they still will defend
# what she did as being necessary, or "sometimes over
# the line," or whether they will apologize for their role in it.

This is the elephant in the room. She was nommed for a Hugo, not for her fiction writing, but specifically for her hateful invective blog. Her "Requires Hate" persona was championed as 'insightful critique' by very large numbers of people. Looking into it all now, I realize that much of what she's done is almost certainly illegal under UK law, and would get you six months in jail (being upped to 2 years shortly). Surely this makes many of her supporters accessories to the fact?

The SF community is sailing very close to the edge on this one. If something serious had happened (like the obvious case of an actual suicide) and outside forces came into the community to investigate, what do we think would have happened?

Date: 2014-10-20 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
She was 'nommed for a Hugo' for her blog only in the sense that someone nominated her; she never reached the shortlist, which is what 'nominated' has traditionally been taken to mean. Her only shortlisting was indeed for her fiction.

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From: (Anonymous)
# She didn't threaten me, but I felt threatened because
# she'd make one tweet saying mean but non-violent stuff
# about me, and the next one would be about throwing acid
# in someone else's face. All the excuses I've seen about her
# threats being just rhetoric, or just aimed at white men
# (which makes them okay?)

Hiya Anon,

This was the kind of thing that made me think she was only attacking white men like me and Peter Watts and whomever (this is Colum again, as was the previous post). And all the excuses were generally for those attacks. I never suspected she was attacking any other groups.

For me it was less the 'behead this person now!' that was a long-term worry, it still was, but less than the way she rubbished me online, and people seemed to support that as 'insightful critique', and that made me feel... I don't really know the words. Hated by all, I guess.

Little did I suspect, she's attacked all kinds of people. Some of the stuff I'm reading makes my experience seem absolutely trivial, I mean *really trivial*. She's harrassed rape victims for writing about rape, because she feels it's an off-bounds subject.

I think she's managed to attack each person in such a way that they feel uniquely isolated because of who they are, and that they're disapproved of by the community as a whole. I think the community has unwittingly assisted her in doing this by buying into her particular brand of hateful politics. So I reckon if you're a white male victim, you think she attacks white males, and everyone is behind that. If you're a white female you probably think she attacks white women who aren't sufficiently radical. If you're a person-of-color you likely think she mostly attacks other PoC's for "thinking white", etc, etc, etc. In this way her victims are all divided and isolated, and stay silent.

And after that she issues an apology saying "My motives were pure, but my methods went over the line?" Bullshit. And what bought on this sudden road-to-damascus moment? What was it that's happened that's made her realize "My god, what have I done!?"

Colum

Date: 2014-10-20 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What was it that's happened that's made her realize "My god, what have I done!?"

The fact that she got caught?

Date: 2014-10-21 01:12 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
unfortunately, I cannot give actual verification because I discovered it last year and didn't take screencaps -- in part because I accidentally discovered RH's stalker "Roguey" and noped out of the whole thing -- but I've seen anon comments in various places using "acrackedmoon" and "winterfox" purporting to be from her, saying shit similar to the rape-by-dogs thing; a couple twitter accounts as well. At least one seemed to be related to this Roguey person, or at least from RPGCodex (the Codex users tend to run in packs, and have found RH's redefinition after leaving their flock ~lulzy for years and involved themselves in various guises).

This makes it very believable to me that someone (especially one of the Codex users) would pose as her and say someone should get raped by dogs. I still find it extremely horrifying that people (apparently some of her friends?) tried to fucking defend that though when they thought it was coming from her. (And if she did do that, and she's lying, that's utterly unconscionable.)

My apologizes for not being able to verify any of this; I never thought this would be relevant to anything, so I didn't keep track, and googling is finding either recent links or Sh-----trly or both. Sometimes it's remarkably hard to retrace one's internet footsteps. :/

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Look, I am as disturbed by all this as anyone--the abuse and the doxxing, both of which unnerve me. And I have reason to be, because I was once targeted by her and am someone who values anonymity when I choose it.

But I am also disturbed at how many people are making this a black and white, "you are with us or you are with the terrorists" kind of thing. Yes, I know a lot of people who approved of how she drew attention to issues that the establishment in sff often ignore, but these people had a range of attitudes towards the attacks and abuse. Some thought they were funny, true, but others just didn't know the extent of it. Some thought it was fine as long as she was punching up instead of down. Others didn't like any of it. People can have complex opinions with lots of internal contradictions or things in tension with one another. FACT.

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I do think this is a black and white issue. I think most issues around online abuse are. Look at the Saarkesian thing that's going on elsewhere: I think making death-threats to a whole room full of people is wrong (can't pass judgement on the rest of gamergate, because I'm not in that community). I think if people said that was acceptable, for any reason, then yes, they're with the terrorists. And that's what I think about RH.

I also think that the SF&F community enabled and supported her for years. I saw hardly anyone presenting any effective opposition, and a great many singing her praises. I think it's true that few people knew the extent of it, I didn't, I didn't know she was attacking PoC as well as whites, and I'd have struggled to believe that, because it wouldn't make sense, but then nothing here makes sense.

However, if people had taken a stronger line of disapproval of abuse from the start, instead of cheering her and acting as supporters in her gang, think of all the people who would have been defended. By defending this person, even just in words, you defend all the other people, regardless who they are, by sending a
clear message of what you do and don't approve of. The SF&F community utterly failed to do this, and I think there need to be changes in attitude in the community or we'll have this, or something worse, happen again.

All that said, the apology that RH made two years ago to Ms Sperring, makes me think somewhat better of RH. For me it's one star in a universe of darkness, but it's still one star that's there. She absolutely didn't have to do it, yet she did it. That means something. I'm not sure what it means, I'm not sure how it fits into this chaotic jigsaw, but it's something that's there that we can't ignore.

# People can have complex opinions with lots of internal contradictions
# or things in tension with one another. FACT

That's true, but that's always true, isn't it? You're probably right that many people were in the middle, but they were a silent middle, moral dark matter, and they allowed a vocal extreme group to rule the roost. Also a lot of people were probably silent because they felt afraid and powerless, which would be me, for instance.

Perhaps you're right though, that the mutual accusation has gone on too long. I see people who don't seem to have fundamentally shifted their position on this thing, and I don't think they will, so there's no benefit to further recrimination. The SF&F community will either deal with it's problems, or it won't. If it doesn't, then outside forces (the press, law enforcement) will deal with it's problems for it.

Still, it is likely that all that can usefully be said, has now been said.

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Date: 2014-10-21 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Apparently people did, indeed, harass Kari Sperring. She tweeted the following:

"I'm ending speculation, because I'm sick of this. If you want to know my views re my overdose, see my comment here:"

Then linked to: http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/5132567.html?view=96509719#t96509719

--where she states:

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This is Kari.

Yes, it's true that Requires Hate apologised to me, two years ago. I accepted the apology and I have no particular anger with her over what happened.
At the same time, yes, she was a contributory factor in what happened with me. And that's all I'm prepared to say, for personal reasons. I'm just not comfortable talking about such things in public.

I hope that this is enough to end at least some of the speculation. Revisiting this is not pleasant.

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Link to the tweet: https://twitter.com/KariSperring/status/524604832024625152

Note: I'm contributing this because this is the only roundup I'm aware of, even if it's a little incomplete. Not sure if it's desired? IDK.

Date: 2014-10-22 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Anytime someone is driven to overdose it is horrible. Objectively horrible.

But I guess I don't quite know what abuse that was or what RH's role in it was. I am not denying it, just saying I don't know what it was or where it happened. I do remember the interaction on Cat Valente's LJ. Sperring came on and made a very patronizing comment to Valente, then continued to be patronizing in subsequent responses to Valente. You can see that RH interject a typically caustic remark, but still fairly low on the RH causticness scale. It's here: http://catvalente.livejournal.com/677154.html

I assume the abuse was somewhere else. Perhaps on twitter?

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Date: 2014-10-24 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Here's a link to an archived post (https://web.archive.org/web/20110630191403/http://50books-poc.livejournal.com/373367.html?) from 50books_poc where she calls Cindy Pon a stupid fuck.

loudlysingcuckoo

Date: 2014-10-25 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I was wondering if anyone had contacted the person behind the loudlysingcuckoo email address. I was encouraged to get in touch with them, and did so, but have had no response. I'm wondering if anyone who spoke to them would be able to give me an idea of the timeframe between sending an email and getting a reply, as I'm concerned something has gone wrong at my end.

Re: loudlysingcuckoo

Date: 2014-10-25 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I would try again. Maybe your message got lost. I think the response time was a day or two.

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Fresh new batch of links/discussions

Date: 2014-11-06 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
http://fail-fandomanon.dreamwidth.org/110577.html?thread=557879281#cmt557879281

Laura J. Mixon, Elizabeth Bear, Deirdre Moen, Athena Andreadis, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Nalo Hopkinson: Coming out against WF/RH/BS's abuse.

http://laurajmixon.com/2014/11/a-report-on-damage-done-by-one-individual-under-several-names/
http://deirdre.net/laura-j-mixon-on-requires-hate/
http://www.elizabethbear.com/?p=2506
http://www.starshipnivan.com/blog/?p=9077
http://rcloenenruiz.com/2014/11/06/standing-up-and-speaking-truth/
https://twitter.com/Nalo_Hopkinson/status/530388915015127040

Still defending WF/RH/BS or playing innocent: Cat Valente, Nick Mamatas, K. Tempest Bradford.
http://www.alexdallymacfarlane.com/2014/11/lies-misrepresentations-and-reports/
https://twitter.com/catvalente/status/530335429196001280
https://twitter.com/NMamatas/status/530373742938296320
https://twitter.com/NMamatas/status/530373742938296320
https://twitter.com/tinytempest/status/530375589770043392
https://twitter.com/tinytempest/status/530416466492149760
https://twitter.com/tinytempest/status/530419844764942336
https://twitter.com/tinytempest/status/530420116992036864

Ambivalent: Jim Hines.
http://www.jimchines.com/2014/11/online-bullying/

Re: Fresh new batch of links/discussions

Date: 2014-11-06 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Against abuse: Rachel Manija Brown. http://rachelmanija.livejournal.com/1161836.html

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SF Assholery

Date: 2014-11-07 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for a very informative, clear, and level-headed post about this individual, whoever she/he truly turns out to be. The level of manipulation and cold-blooded assault followed by "Oh, I didn't say that" dodging all sounds like a portrait of a true sociopath.

-gf

Also taking sides

Date: 2014-11-10 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
If you're still updating the "who's taking sides" section, here are some pro-sf names from Laura J Mixon's comments section, against RH:

S M Stirling
Jane Yolen
Steven Brust
Emma Bull
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Janis Ian
Nalo Hopkinson
Pat Cadigan

Date: 2014-11-11 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The methods use by Sriduangkaew is the same of this used by maoist french crime novelists in 80'S in France : insult, harassment, menace letter and diffamation campaign in the newspapers. And i think BS is maoist because she write a novella "sixty years in the woman's province" which is a maoist utopia with collectivist rural communities, totalitarist government admired by population and other similar tropes.

Date: 2014-11-11 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Congrats, you've been called a "lying nutsack" by James May. I think you've really made it now.

monsterhunternation.com/2014/11/10/sjw-cannibal-feeding-frenzy/#comment-90203

nuance: don't look for it in that thread

Have you seen this disgusting post/thread yet?

Date: 2014-11-20 03:29 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
http://wistfuljane.dreamwidth.org/72806.html

All the bitter-end RH defenders, with bonus mid-thread comment from the OP that Laura Mixon "harmed" WoC.

Sriduangkaew's Thainess

Date: 2015-06-14 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Has anyone actually met Sriduangkaew in the flesh, and confirmed her identity as Thai Chinese? I ask because I taught for 12 years at two of the best universities in Thailand, and never met anyone - student or lecturer - who wrote English at the level she does. It's not impossible, of course, but it is very, very improbable. Unlike many Asian countries, English is not a Lingua Franca in Thailand, and the education system here is notoriously one of the worst in the world.
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