The Hamlet Thing

A lot of you have heard of the retelling of Hamlet by a popular SF author(*). Though the novella was first published a couple years ago, and republished this spring, it’s only recently become Big News. The Big News (if you missed it) is that this retelling basically attributes all the problems in Hamlet to his father being gay and abusing Hamlet, Laertes, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern (and maybe others) as children.

* I have specifically not included the name of the author; if you know about this controversy then you know who it is, and also that it is really no surprise that this kind of bigoted garbage came from that pen.

This is, of course, horrific to anyone with a bare understanding of what it means to be gay, so much so that I can’t really come up with any kind of response to it. For one thing, it’s not my place to respond; for another, my experience is that anyone so far gone as to still be harping on the “gay = child molester” trope is working on a frequency my words don’t reach, and I have better ways to spend my time than shouting at a brick wall.

As good fortune would have it, though, I am a member of a wonderful group of queer F/SF writers called the Outer Alliance, and those members had a deep, thoughtful discussion on the matter, which is summarized in this excellent blog post. I endorse that post, though I didn’t contribute to the discussion, and I encourage you to point people to it if they are having trouble understanding what the fuss is about. The post also points to many queer-friendly Shakespeare-themed works, if you would like to investigate those.

Anyway, that’s what I have to say about that. The less attention paid to it, the better, so let’s move on, shall we? Who’s got some good gay FA porn(*) to share?

* I typed that and then went to FA (where I’d just cleaned out my submission queue) expecting to have to go to a few artist pages to find something to link to–but Blotch, bless ’em, came to my rescue with a well-timed addition to the queue.

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