I have ceased posting to @literotica.
While I was prepared for a backlash with the Mercy & Will, Ready to Run Story, what has happened goes beyond that.
I did not share details on Literotica because Laurel and Manu ‘dems’ good people.’
But this is MY blog and I can damn well say anything I want as long as it is true (to the best of my knowledge) and not meant to personally harm anyone.
So, I am getting it off my chest…
It all began with this feedback from, you guessed it, anonymous:
This message contains feedback for: Tara Cox
This feedback was sent by: Anonymous
I have truly loved yours stories to this point. And I understand you were married to a black man at one point and now your not. My complaint is you are forcing me to read an interracial story “ready to run” because it is interwoven into 3 other stories you have tied together. I’m not a racist – but I grew up in detroit and have worked with alot of blacks. I have 2 female 1st cousins that married black, still are, but have told me they wouldn’t do it if they could call back time. The majority of the men i’ve worked with have no loyalty to their women. they will fuck a skank at the drop of a hat – no loyalty or support to their wife and family. And lets not even get started on their non support of their children. I’m talking about the black males. So while you are pushing you’re liberal agenda which you didn’t have to do – you are ruining a great series for a great number of your readers. Please get rid of the black/white romance you are pushing in ready to run or untie it from the rest of the series. Don’t force us to read an interracial story to read the series.
Fuckin’ hell! I don’t force anyone to read any of my stories. There was a simple solution –
Quit reading it!
Yes, you could follow Trouble Texas Style without reading Ready To Run. It might not be as clear, but it is possible.
Heck, quit reading the whole series in protest. Or better yet, stop reading me altogether.
But just because I need to get it off my chest, let me put Anon straight on somethings:
- Yes, you are a racist. A bigot. And highly prejudiced. Every word you said in that message proves that. And you were not even person enough to post this shit publically.
- White men, even rich, upper-class, educated ones, abandon their wives and children. My sperm donor was white and he did everything you say there. Never paid child support. Never made any attempt to contact us. He went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back.
- And yes, black men, Latino men, Asian men can love and protect their partners. To make such sweeping generalization shows more about you.
There was another as well:
You said at the beginning of this story that some of the topics may offend and to keep an open mind. The topics don’t offend me – what is offensive is you are probably going to push your ideology in the story. I also see you are not letting your audience rate the story which sort of verifies what I said above. If I’m wrong please accept my apology. We will see.
I read the stories for entertainment – and you write some great stories. Please don’t get on a platform to push your political firestorms. We all have our beliefs and don’t need to be indoctrinated by your beliefs while reading your story.
This is what I was addressing in my previous blog. I have been ‘pushing my ideology’ for years. Ægir’s was about the battle and costs between traditions and modernity. Sergeant Mike is about how we treat our vets, and too many other things to name, including racism. Nothing Done In Love? Oh, come on, that one is easy.
All writers push their agendas. Even simple wank fodder has a message – it’s ok to be sexual. Some writers may claim they entertain, but they leave pieces of themselves in there, too.
And I don’t believe in indoctrination – I believe in self-reflection and civil discourse.
Which this is far from…
Since you are forcing me to read “ready to run” – and interracial story – so I understand what is going on in the other 3 Texas stories – I will give this a story a 1* and will be asking my friends to do the same. I admire you as an author – you are really really talented. What you are doing here is not fair to your fans by forcing us to read it. You are really shitting on us. Please find some ways to end the relationship of this story to the other stories. Kill Will or kill Mercy – just make it so I don’t have to read it. What you are doing is forcing your morality onto your friends. I’m not a racist – I have cousins that are married to black men. While I don’t agree with it – it’s their choice. I get along fine with their husbands – they know I don’t agree with their choice. You are perpetuating racism by making people angry because they have to read the story.
That is the message I received today and what had prompted this.
The very idea of being told to kill off an interracial couple is the height of offensive to me. And the stupidity of saying I made someone read interracial stories defies logic.
How plainer can I be?
I don’t force anyone to read my shit!
I don’t even make you pay for it.
But the pettiness of 1-bombing a story that was 4.8* at one point is simply too much for me to handle right now.
Yes, this does feel like ‘cancel culture.’
So, I am making it so that Anon does not have to read any of my stories. Period. (He never did.)
Yes, I may change my mind. I may do as I did with the first couple of chapters of Ready To Run and turn off voting and comments.
But honestly, I don’t make much money from my writing. I do it because it is my passion. But yes, I do appreciate the comments more than you know. So, if I have to do that to feel safe…well, it’s not any different than a woman feeling she has to dress a certain way or can’t drink with her friends.
I may also decide to continue the series here. That was my backup plan if Laurel felt this story violated hate speech rules.
Or I just might finish it for me.
What really irks me with both of these is the Anonymous thing. The US Constitution grants the right to face your accuser. But I am denied that with these Anons. They leave me no other options in terms of responding.
Yes, I know it is not fair to punish everyone for the actions of a few. But I need time to come to terms with this ABUSE…and that is what it is.
Hopefully, I figure it out soon and come up with a plan. I hope you understand… I will miss you.
Goddess bless and heal us all (yes, even racist Anons),