Essentially, I think it is good that we call out people with not merely obnoxious but hate inciting views. Let’s weed ’em out brothers and sisters. This may not have started out as our terrain, but many of us have struggled enough to earn the right to call it their own and anyone who doesn’t like it can leave.
And I’m heartened, in a funny way by the reaction. In the UK children’s lit world where I’ve hitherto been lurking, mostly this doesn’t happen (the obnoxiousness) because people are too nice and polite. A whole trove of archaic and stereotyped opinions can be buried under all that politeness though, and the thing is, if people don’t talk about this stuff (because they are too polite and nice) their views aren’t challenged and Nothing Ever Changes.
So, as Gandhi once said. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. I’ll be attending my very first SFF con in LonCon 14. So next time, I can vote. And I’d urge anyone who feels this way to do the same.
More discussion here http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/04/sleeps-with-monsters-how-about-those-hugos
and on Bibliodaze, here