Monday, January 22, 2018

Aging Writers 2

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This is more about a discussion I had yesterday -- in reaction to someone who found most SFF that was more than ten years old 'problematic.'
This got me utterly bent out of shape, since most of my fiction was written and published more then ten years ago. Today, I am more reflective, so I wrote:
I probably overreacted to 'problematic.' Figure that I am an age where mortality becomes an issue, and I have no children. So I think about what I have done with my life and what I will leave behind. I get upset when I think people are dismissing the older generation. And I genuinely believe this culture has close to no interest in or liking for the old. Acquired knowledge is not valued in a society that changes so fast -- and more important, this is a society where people matter as long as they produce something of commercial value. If they cannot, then they have no use and should please go die.
Children are valued (though not treated well) because they are the next generation of workers and because families with children are seen as good consumers.
Retired people do in fact spend money, but are resented because they don't earn this money. (It's the Social Security and pensions and savings they piled up through decades of work.) And retired people do a lot of socially useful work: childcare, care of the elderly and disabled, volunteer work... But money does not change hands, so this does not count.
Oh, and I looked up 'problematic,' because it is a problematic word:
prob·lem·at·ic
adjective
1.
constituting or presenting a problem or difficulty.
"the situation was problematic for teachers"
synonyms: difficult, hard, taxing, troublesome, tricky, awkward, controversial, ticklish, complicated, complex, knotty, thorny, prickly, vexed;
"the pest control in this building has gotten very problematic."

Well, maybe I am okay with the synonyms. My work can be seen as difficult, hard, taxing, troublesome, tricky...

6 Comments:

Blogger Nicole said...

I value your writing as well as other older female authors. Using one of your works for my masters thesis, and just started reading some of your other work in my 'spare'minutes here and there. Also sent Ring of Swords and Transgressive Tales to my younger cousin for Xmas so she doesn't have to wait until her 40's to stumble over your work like I did. Wish I had found you earlier.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Mary F said...

My $.02½: Anyone who uses the word "problematic" to refer to something he or she may or may not understand, or who uses it to refer to "a song that was a hit before his or her mother was born" and isn't making an effort to dance to said song is, well, problematic. Do we understand each other? It's worth bearing in mind that old age and treachery will win out over youth and skill any day of the week.

Eleanor, I'm with you all the way.

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