Jun. 10th, 2010


Jun. 10th, 2010 12:15 am
leavethesky: (jada)
You know, I wasn't going to post this, but I've been fuming and, well, that means you all have to hear about it. I realize that I have very little power in the world of femslash and I very much like it that way, but consider this advice from a constant reader: I don't need you to tell me the race of the characters in your fic and I certainly don't need you to use their race and/or ethnicity as a stand-in for their names (I know it gets overwhelming with all of the females in femslash and the repetitive, confusing pronouns (her, her, she, she), but this is not the way to get around it). Don't describe your/our characters as 'the black girl' or 'the latina' or 'the muslim' or any other ethnic/racial adjective and/or noun. I don't know when this shit got started, but it seems to be a trend right now and this? is the easiest way to get on my NEVER READ list. It's even above shitty grammar and/or tons of typos. Just. Don't.

If you don't understand why this is a problem, I ask you to check out the links and/or posts on [personal profile] deadbrowalking or online resources for writers. There are several very good authors talking about writing race (Justine Larbalastier had a great series of posts around her book, Liar on her blog, N.K. Jemisin, etc.). I'm too lazy to post the links, but I'm sure you know how to google. Or, if you insist on this, then make sure you describe 'the white girl' and 'the other white girl' and 'the other other white girl' and 'the Christian' and 'the lesbian' in the same way. Starting to understand why this could be really problematic? It doesn't feel so hot to have someone you care about, their entire complicated loveliness reduced to one label. And it's always the minority characters, the Other, who get this treatment, which should tell you everything you need to know about how fucked up this is. I realize that this is probably about ignorance, but ignorance is easily remedied.

I also realize I should probably have been much nicer about this and supportive or something, but all I've got is a big ball of pissed off, so...yeah. I knew there was a reason I very rarely read fic by writers I don't know and trust anymore /rant



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