Bskillet of cmd-n.org is closing his blog following one of those online gang attacks that occasionally arise to silence new blogs. Here at The Spearhead we had one early on in response to pro-male/anti-feminist tech’s criticism of the increasing feminization of sci-fi. PMAFT’s article spurred an enormous, angry response from science-grrrl bloggers such as John Scalzi, and was even denounced by Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek) on Twitter.
However, in the atmosphere of The Spearhead in its earliest days, it was invigorating rather than intimidating. The “small penis” comments came on fast and strong, and provided much comic relief — I’m convinced that The Spearhead was the mighty rock upon which the small penis shaming technique was finally broken . It’s pretty clear that the idea was to shout us down, but the tactic backfired, and gave the site a lot of positive attention. I think, in the long run, that PMAFT’s observations will be fully justified by unfolding and future events, such as the decline of science fiction literature and the slide into obscurity of guys like John Scalzi, who went fem in the dumb-ass assumption that girls really do care as much about sci-fi as boys.
I don’t know bskillet personally, so I have no idea whether the attention from thousands of disgruntled jizzabelers would negatively affect him or not. As far as I see it, he’s just another anonymous guy (like I was) who got screwed over by family law, and wanted to say something about it. I can definitely identify with him, and I’d prefer he kept his site going, but that’s up to bskillet – not me – and I certainly can’t blame a guy who’d rather simply put the entire thing behind him and focus on living life.
So, let’s raise a glass to bskillet for the work he’s done and for speaking his mind, which is more than most men do, and wish him the best.
Although I’m not going to preach, I’d suggest bskillet might want to reconsider, because the worst they can do is so little. We are, after all, such little, humble things on this earth, and the further they break us down, the more we are as the sands on the beach, and the stars in the sky:
Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.