by Lightspeed Magazine
I suppose it's true. There's definitely a lot of messed up people doing extremely messed up things in the world!
I guess it's because I have a sister whose hair I am jealous of, and the idea of murdering her because of it -- which wouldn't even *get* me hair like hers -- honestly brings actual tears to my eyes just thinking of it! :'(
Other than the last example, where the friend was presumably involved in the murder of her parents(I do believe I've actually heard of that one), none of those examples involve family.... A lot of crimes against and from within families do sadly happen, and some of them are definitely for the most ridiculous reasons, but I think most of them are cases where something was eating at the person who did it, something the other person *actively did* which annoyed them, and which they couldn't get away from.
Like cases where parents accidentally or otherwise kill their babies because they won't stop crying, or their kid won't stop pew-pewing that annoying laser toy.
But how much more shocking and horrific would it be to see a news article saying they'd killed their toddler because they couldn't stand looking at their curly hair anymore! 0_0
People murder all the time for horrific and shocking reasons. "Women say no to me when I want sex" killing spree by Elliot Rogers. "The black kid had a toy gun" cops didn't take anytime to access the situation. A major well know mystery author and her best friend murdered the friends mother (or parents it's been a bit since I read the case) because they tried to keep the girls apart feeling the relationship was bad for the girls when the were 15.
Reality is stranger than fiction and IMHO way more shocking than the proposed story idea.
This was a great update, I'm really loving hearing about all these experiences/triumphs!
But.... I have to admit I also find the notion of a person *murdering* their own sister simply because they wish they also had straight hair to be utterly bizarre! Shocking.
Honestly, it reminds me of -- an episode of some procedural cop show, I forget which -- the little boy who shoved his sister into the pool and stood there and watched her drown because he wanted her bike! :/
Be jealous of her hair? Sure, I guess. I'm jealous of my sisters curls that are super cute when her hair is short and so nicely wavy when it's long.
But KILL over not having the same hair as a sibling? Seriously? ._. That's more than slightly horrifying/terrifying.
"Let’s keep moving forward, even as we glance back occasionally over our shoulders at the past. Let’s tell our own stories and insist we’ve got them right. Let’s keep on writing what needs to be written. Eventually it will be of no real consequence that there are people men don’t see. Our actions will speak for us. Our words will make our worlds known."
Please do. And the rest of us can try to see the work isn't erased/suppressed over time via methods Joanna Russ mentions in "How to Supress Women's Voices".
This makes me wonder-- is there a Tiptree Award equivalent for POC? (And I wonder if Con or Bust, which raises money to send PoC to sci-fi cons and the like, supports things like writer's symposia. I'd hope so!)