luxio:

what if instead of gender we all had pokemon types

Help save a 16 year-old trans girl of color from being put in a mens adult prison with NO crimes charged on her by emailing Commissioner Katz.

butchimightbe:

She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/

I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email

Please reblog to raise awareness!

eatpussylivehappy:

I think you’re cute

cute as in I wanna hear what you sound like while experiencing an orgasm

Writing a Character of a Different Race

girlinrowb:

erikadprice:

Writing a character of a different race can be tricky and deeply intimidating, particularly if you are a member of the racial majority.  Many writers are so afraid of portraying a different-race character incorrectly (or offensively) that they opt out from the exercise entirely and choose to write only about people of their own background.  

However, in a publishing industry that is still far from reaching racial equity, this isn’t the ideal solution. The writing world desperately needs more strong, fully-realized characters of color, just as desperately as it needs to publish and represent more authors of color. If you are a white or majority writer, you can help contribute to diversity and social justice in fiction by abandoning your fear, broadening your creative range, and choosing to write characters of different races. 

Many authors struggle with portraying different-race characters because they do not know enough about the character’s culture, or because they are uncomfortable representing other races’ lived experience. Some authors aren’t sure how to accurately and comfortably address issues of social inequality or prejudice without seeming condescending or ignorant.

Some writers also avoid writing different-race characters for even more basic reasons—they don’t know how to make a character racially distinct from themselves seem like a real individual, rather than a caricature, or they are afraid of being seen as offensive or insensitive in their portrayals. For all of these problems, there are three basic solutions: Do Your Research, Empathize, and Be Humble. 

do your research 

If you would like to write about a character from a different racial or ethnic group, careful research is an important first step. Does the group you’re portraying have different cultural practices or religious beliefs, on the whole, from you? Are these different-race characters from a different country with different laws, customs,  and day-to-day lives?  What challenges do members of your characters’ race face on a regular basis that you do not? How do you think they are seen differently by the mainstream culture? 

Also consider factors of intersectionality—that is, how race interacts with things like gender, class, disability status, and other factors.  If you’re writing a black male character, for example, you should consider his life experience as a black man, and how that may be different from being a white man, a black woman, a man of another race, etc.Read books, short stories, and essays by authors who share a background with your character. Try to put yourself in their shoes, and pay special attention to the privileges you have that the character does not, or the mainstream experiences you take for granted. 

Make sure you have an accurate view of what your character’s culture is like, and be careful not to make it over-the-top. Unless you are a member of a culture, you cannot be a true expert on that culture. Research will give you a better understanding of how your own life differs from your character’s life, but it won’t allow you to “speak” for members of a group to which you don’t belong. Don’t try to perfectly portray the “black experience” or the “Arab Muslim experience”—because you can’t—and that shouldn’t be the point of writing about a character of those  backgrounds. Do research to cure your ignorance and make yourself aware of your own privilege  (if you are white or perceived as in the racial majority); this will bring you closer to identifying with a character that is different from you. 

empathize 

Treat different-race characters as individuals, not as representatives of a group.  Your characters should not speak for the entirety of their racial group, nor should they exist as an excuse to write about prejudice or a culture you find interesting. Don’t try to write “black” dialogue or “Latino” dialogue—write in a way that comes naturally to you. If you try to emulate the voice of another cultural experience that differs vastly from your own, you risk forming an inaccurate, caricature-like portrayal that actually pulls readers out of your piece.  Generally, you want to avoid  Don’t  overemphasizinge the character’s difference.  Remember that no matter what, people have more in common than they have different. Your characters should reflect that. 

Make sure your different-race characters are fully developed, with a variety of interests, motivations, relationships, and internal contradictions, just like any other characters. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and other novels, suggests the following: write based on motivations, not based on groups.  Don’t ask yourself, “Would a black character say this?” or “Would a Latina woman do this?”. Instead, ask yourself what a person in your character’s situation would do, given the goals and personality traits they have.  

When it comes to personality traits, your characters should absolutely have some characteristics that do not match stereotypes for their racial groups, and this shouldn’t be made into a big deal. You probably enjoy the food, culture, and philosophies of cultures different from your own, and you probably don’t match every stereotype of  your own race, so give your characters the same breadth. 

Keep in mind that people of color read and write about white characters all the time, and they typically rarely struggle  less with portraying white people accurately or identifying with them. Similarly, female authors are usually pretty good at portraying men. That’s because minority writers have had to identify with people who look differently from themselves for years, in countless books, movies, and TV shows. Try to do the same for people different from yourself! 

be humble 

Let’s say you’ve written a story with a protagonist of a different race. Congratulations! Thank you for contributing to diversity in fiction!   Now, prepare for (and be open to) criticism. When a white author writes a character of a less privileged group, criticism is inevitable and deserved. Privilege will taint your work no matter how doggedly you work against it. Be open to admitting your faults and taking criticism graciously. 

Consider asking people of different races to read your work and call you out on mistakes, but do so without treating a person of a different race as an “authority” or “representative” of their racial group. Don’t be offended if you are told something about your portrayal is offensive or inaccurate—this does not mean you are being accused of being racist. Listen. Try to correct your work when possible. If you set out expecting to receive some critical comments, and you learn to accept them with grace and careful consideration, you will be far less hurt by such criticism in the long run. Plus, if you’re open to critiques, you will be able to improve ! 

do it! 

Increasing minority representation in fiction is hard but vital work. The publishing world is still largely driven by white people, and marketed to white people, so one of the best ways to increase diversity is for white authors to be less white-centric, while publishers simultaneously work to bring in more work from authors of color. If there are more rich, emphatic portrayals of characters of color (by white and authors of color alike), then writing and publishing will seem more attractive and accessible to people of color, and more of them will get involved in the field.

Writing about characters of different races will also broaden your writerly horizons and make your work more widely accessible. If you put in the effort, empathize with your characters, make them human, and respond well to criticism, you can help make literature more diverse. The effort level and openness to criticism may be daunting but it is worth it. Do it for readers of different races. Do it for your own growth. 

Further Reading

NW by Zadie Smith

The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseni

Habibi by Craig Thompson

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl

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This essay originally appeared in Yeah Write! Review. Follow the editors at Yeah Write! for additional tips, prompts, and all-new online writing courses (coming soon). 

I had asked this exact question earlier & remembered that lookatthewords had this post on her blog!  Thank you!!!!!! =)

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nikehime:

i see a lot of people spending time thinking about “who tops” in their otp when they should be thinking about

  • who quotes twilight at the other person
  • who appreciates cat videos more
  • who spent a hellish summer working in the worst gamestop you can imagine
  • who lets the other person win in ticklefights
  • who chews on their pencil
  • who’s the person who accidentally thinks of their grandparents one time while they’re making out and kills the mood
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