Heinlein again 

Heinlein was surprisingly racist for someone who opposed racism and surprisingly creepy for someone who respected women’s agency and believed strongly in consent. Medlesohn wants to do the “product of his time” thing but I think it’s more useful to look at him as a prototypical facts-and-logic bro, shaped by his time studying engineering at a naval academy. He works on rules and fucks up because he’s not capable of understanding others’ subjectivity.

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Heinlein again 

@ghost_bird also if your posing as progressive (anti racist against being creepy) but don't like...do the work? loke it was clear what racism was at the time. if I'm casual rasist to the standard of the time that's bad but .aube get to be all ",whatcha gonna do" but if I'm all "we shouldn't be.casualy rasist" and then I am anyway...i had a point but its run away from me

Heinlein again 

@firecoals As you might expect, he only really saw racism as “colour prejudice” - the idea of structural or systematic racism or never really got through to him.

Heinlein again 

@firecoals ...and this, you’ve made me realise, is a basic limitation of the authoritarian mindset. It’s not possible to do the work - all you can do is apply the rules.

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