We [Fraction and his wife, Kelly Sue DeConnick] were pregnant at the time, and while I was out there I started to realize that if I had a daughter, there would come a day when I would have to apologize to her for my profession. I would have to apologize for the way it treats and speaks to women readers, and the way it treats its female characters.
I knew that if we had a daughter — because I know my wife and I know the kind of girl she wants to raise and I know the kind of girl I want to raise — she was going to look at what I did for a living and want to know how the fuck I could stomach it. How could I sell her out like that?” Fraction continued. “That conversation is still coming, and I’m bracing for it in the way that some dads brace for their daughter’s first date or boyfriend. I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street.
Issue #2 of Firewords Quarterly, with my short story “I Gotta Get Outta Here,” is now available to order at the link below.
I’m very excited to finally have this piece of flash fiction available, as I had already sold it one time, to a publication that met an economic impasse it could not overcome.
[apologies in advance, as you may see similar posts promoting this issue and my story in the coming weeks.]
You can follow journalists on twitter that are on the ground in Ferguson. They are showing what’s really going on an verifying with pics and videos.