PSA: Your Default Narrative Settings Are Not Apolitical
Incredible stuff, very humbling. Are you a female misogynist? I know a few years ago I became acutely aware that most of the characters in my stories were male, that even as a female I felt more comfortable writing with male characters. I made a conscious effort to include more female characters in the story, and not only that, but make them important, powerful people. I hope the Fallouts as it stands reflects that. Certainly Aki is an example of a black, female pirate that should never be taken lightly, and Tenma is a chilling and powerful young woman in her own right.
But there is always more to be done.
Image taken from tumblr.
Recently, SFF author Tansy Rayner Roberts wrote an excellent post debunking the idea that women did nothing interesting or useful throughout history, and that trying to write fictional stories based on this premise of feminine insignificance is therefore both inaccurate and offensive. To quote:
“History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.
History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.
But the forgetting part is vitally important. Most historians and…
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