#StandwithChelseaCain

I woke up today to a news piece and  one thought that’s been pushing against my brain for a long time now.

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry Ms Cain that people, more specifically comic fans, felt the need to harass you, to negatively attack you for speaking your mind.

You put yourself out there and created something that no one can take away from you. Your Mockingbird series is out there, will be collected, and will continue to find its way to new readers. The series may have ended but it is quite the legacy you left fandom.

Thank you.

You are much more than this incident and you aren’t the only one. Chelsea, you and so many other women are under attack and again I’m sorry. Each time I’m reminded that we all have so much further to go.

As comic fans we look at our colorful heroes as the best in us, as the people who we strive to be in our lives. I can’t imagine our heroes attacking someone on Twitter. I don’t know when we lost our sense of wonder. When we stopped looking at the sky.

I’m sorry we haven’t lived up to the example of these heroes. That we have failed to be heroes in our own lives.

I hope you don’t give up on us. There’s a lot of fans who love your writing and want you back. We need you you just as we need all of the women who have faced this before you. Thank you for living up to these ideals we grew up reading. Thank you for reminding us we need to do more. To be better.

Change is coming. It worries some people. We’re trying. But change brings tension. Some people have not responded well to that change. They’ve lashed out of in anger at the ones who they think represent this change.

I’m sorry you were targeted.

I’m sorry so many women have been targeted. Sorry that they grew up in a world that treats them differently. That treats them unequally. I’m sorry that this continues until we can finally change. My God, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that saying “sorry” doesn’t even begin to cover it. We need to continue to try being better. To be better.

I haven’t written in a while. Things have been crazy, but you’ve inspired me to write again. “Thank you” really doesn’t cover it but it’s a start. I’m sure you have already and will continue to inspire others to write novels, comics, and everything in between.

We need more people like you. We need to have people grow up with diverse perspectives. To help us learn, empathize, grow, and change. It won’t be easy and you’ve already helped out so much.

Thank you for that. Thank you for writing, inspiring, and standing up.

Thank you.