My Time in the Man-O-Sphere
Or, The Truth -- for those to whom the truth means something
by Connie Chastain
Several years ago, when I was researching sexual harassment
for the writing of Southern Man, I came across a blog titled The Spearhead
-- and with that as my jumping off pointt, I went on a rollicking ride
through the men's rights movement, online version. ~Moi
The Spearhead, a website published by W.F. Price, went online in September
2009. How could I have used it for research when my novel's publication
date is June 20, three months earlier?
Here's how that happened.
In 2009, the year I published Southern Man. I lost both my parents
and my job. I had to publish the novel before it was ready, because early
in the year, I had committed to a publication date when I obtained permission
from EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., to quote copyrighted song lyrics (Spinning
Wheel by David Clayton Thomas). I gave them a date I thought I could meet
with ease, paid my money and signed the contract.
And then my mom died of a massive stroke. Though the manuscript was
still basically a draft and was not publication-ready, I uploaded the file
and published the book as required. It wasn't that big a deal, as
one of the beauties of self-publishing is the ability to revise as often
as necessary. Though I was emotionally affected by the loss of my mother,
I went to work revising Southern Man.
In my research, I had come across the Fathers' Rights Movement which
led to an introduction to the Men's Rights Movement, which gave me deeper
insight into what my characters were experiencing. I discovered The
Spearhead shortly after it started up. The month before that, my entire
department at work had been laid off. Later in the year, my father died,
and within weeks, my husband was also laid off.
Because of these setbacks, the work of revising Southern Man stretched
Eventually, I uploaded a revised file to CreateSpace and turned my attention
to Storm Surge, Sweet Southern Boys, and other things. In April 2010, I
answered a call for writers for The False Rape Society blog, as I have
noted elsewhere, and wrote about 40 articles over the next year or so.
In June, I made my first blog post on Southern Heritage at 180 Degrees
True South (which is now this blog, Backsass). In July, I submitted Storm
Surge to Desert Breeze Publishing in Castaic, California, and signed a
contract on August 13.
Although interested in men's issues, feminism, and the like, with everything
else going on, I didn't have a lot of time to spend in the man-o-sphere.
When I visisted The Spearhead (and other MRA sites), I skimmed recent posts
to find those that seemed interesting or informative enough to read. Those
written by crazies, or that violated my beliefs about morality, I skipped
and went on to skim the comments. Many of them were skip-worthy as well.
Occasionally, though, I left a comment myself. Very occasionally. As
you can see here, where I have compiled all my comments that Google
indexed, there were only eleven, over a period of several months. My first
comment occurs in August 2010, almost a year after the site's start up.
Although only Southern Man and Sweet Southern Boys deal with false accusation.
all my novels deal with morality, traditional roles for males and females,
the damage and danger of leftism, and similar themes.
As I have noted, this post is to present the truth amid the
perpetration of lies and half-truths, which seems to be default mode for
floggers and floggerettes.