Matt, I don’t know what to make of this at all.
Q: Why does that character have to be gay/bi/black/Asian/Hispanic/etc?
A: As opposed to what?
I’ve found this to be a useful response, because many people will hesitate before saying “white” or “straight.” That hesitation comes from the realization, however subconscious, that they have defaulted all characters to white and straight, and are thereby declaring this normal, while everything else is other. From here, if they choose to acknowledge their internalized (unintentional but still harmful) supremacy rather than going on the defensive, they will begin to understand the real value of representation.
Q: This story isn’t about romance! Why does it matter if the characters are gay?
A: What should they be instead?
Essentially the same response. By that logic, any character in any story who does not have a romantic or sexual story arc should be aromantic and/or asexual. But the truth is, sexuality is only one part of a character’s identity (hey! just like IRL!). Any character of any race, gender, or sexual orientation can go on an adventure that does not involve sex or romance.
GIRL Thor??? BLACK Captain America?? What’s next, GAY Iron Man? [actual comment on actual facebook]
i am all for this please and thank you just keep listing off things that frighten you because they all sound like good ideas to me
I just thought i remembered somebody saying last week her fantasy was to live in a chocolate house.
please love yourself as much as anthony mackie loves the falcon
I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system…