She Thinks Too Much [Such Girls Are Dangerous]: oh yeah & this other thing i’m mad about
Angry girl who posted this needs to watch: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Being Human, and needs to read Tales From Earthsea, Magic’s Pawn,Saint Germain etc. There are plenty of women, gender queer, homosexuals, and non-white people represented as heroes if you look for it. Sure there could be more, and if you wish to balance the scales, WRITE A BOOK! :D
I’m getting so tired of historical/fantasy/sci-fi pieces that are basically (cis/straight/white) dude-centric without nod to anyone else and getting the justification back, “But it’s historically accurate that the women don’t do anything/that queer people are erased” or “in this society men still dominate for some strange and miraculous reason!!
(Sorry, re-reblogging this so the post shows, uh, what I’m actually responding to.)
Holy facile condescension, Batman!
1) soft-intelligence is a guy, not that it would be any less patronizing to refer to him as “angry guy who posted this.”
2) I’m not sure why you think he isn’t aware that works with strong representation of minorities exist, given that he listed sixteen of them in his original post. The issue here is not that minority-friendly works don’t exist at all in Western media. The issue is that they’re underrepresented, that white/cis/straight/male protagonists are the default, and that questioning why a particular work just has be dominated by white/cis/straight/male protagonists gets met with a great deal of defensiveness and appeals to tradition. (You said yourself that minority-led sci-fi/fantasy is out there “if you look,” but you don’t have to look for sff starring white, cis, straight dudes; it’s everywhere!)
3) While the works you listed (that I’m familiar with) are wonderfully progressive in some aspects, they aren’t free of -isms in others (heck, even in the same ones). Doctor Who is rife with sexism and racism (as fans of Martha and Mickey are well aware) and its queer-friendliness is intermittent and limited to the GLB part of the spectrum. Torchwood can be very heteronormative and reliant on Tragic Gay stereotypes, despite its creator/showrunner being a gay man, and again, its queer-friendliness is mostly in favor of white/cis/male queers; we still get evil lesbians and every queer character besides Jack is now dead. The Last Herald-Mage is (yet again!) laden with stereotypes of the fey, tragically doomed gay man, and I’m pretty sure if I were to read it again I’d be hugely uncomfortable about the treatment of the Native American counterpart characters.
4) “If you don’t like it, make your own!” is essentially a way to say “shut up and go away” under the guise of being supportive. First of all, not everyone wants to create fiction, and that doesn’t make their opinions illegitimate or even less valid than other creators’. Are restaurant goers only allowed to criticize the food or service if they work in the restaurant business themselves? Plus, you don’t even know soft-intelligence, so why are you assuming he’s not creating?
Secondly, the lack of minority-driven fiction doesn’t come from a lack of minority and minority-friendly creators creating that fiction, it comes from publishers’ unwillingness to by those works and sell them with the aggressiveness that they sell white/cis/male/straight-led fiction, without downplaying or erasing the minority-friendly elements of the work (see: the casting of The Last Airbender and The Hunger Games, among tons of others; the many recent incidents of minority YA protagonists being whitewashed on book covers; so on and so forth). When the problem is distribution, telling people the answer is to create is profoundly unhelpful.