This weekend I spent Saturday at a Rottweiler carting test. Nothing exciting. Since my girl Schara is retired from competition, I acted as secretary and did the paperwork. However, it did mean getting in gear on Sunday as my first CK blog post was scheduled for today. I’d already had a start on it, but had to finish and sift through pictures. And of course since everyone participating is starting her posts with a banner, I had to do a banner. All of which is to say it’s now the early wee hours of Monday and I just posted the thing. I hope you’ll take a look and let me know what you think.
I also had a little eye opener last week. As you know, as a fan of the All About Romance site I check the site regularly. (Maybe it’s my imagination, but I feel like they’re reviewing more westerns lately.) However, somehow I managed to miss the blog post titled Romance and Cultural Expectations, which is to say I missed a more polite version (after all AAR is moderated) of the same type of reactions expressing similar sentiments once got me on the Amazon Romance forum. Even though some participants thought the discussions were rancorous, as someone baptized by fire, they seemed merely heated to me.
What woke me up to the whole thing was a second blog that referenced the first. The second one is When “I Can’t” Becomes “No One Should”. Reading that made me go back and catch up on the first. I found no trace of a recommendation or desire for censorship or banning anything in the first post. It seemed to me more a matter of wishing societal attitudes would change as they have over things like drunk driving. Of course those who are convinced that anyone who considers forced seduction a euphemism for date rape saw a petition for censorship in every line. And said so. Often. In detail.
I suppose it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who provokes hysteria by admitting her attitude toward the whole thing, but I feel a lot of sympathy for the author of the first blog post. It’s amazing how often one gets shouted down and called intolerant by people who are only tolerant of those who agree with them.