Hello gentle readers, I’ve mostly been expressing myself on Twitter these days. It seems like it’s so much less pressure than writing a blog post — which I know makes no sense when a tweet thread can be longer than a blog post. Brains are weird.
Anyway, today’s tweet thread is something important, so I’m also posting it here.
I think I may cross-post this over on the Verity! site as well. It’s a message I think a lot of people need to hear. And I fervently hope people will click through the links and listen to the POC who are talking about this and not just take it from some white chick.
Many thanks to @InquiringJoy, from whom I got several of these links. You should definitely follow her for great content like this and much more.
[…] This entry is cross-posted from Erika’s personal blog. […]
The good news, Erika, is that many genre scribes are now placing a premium on writing with greater moral imagination, not merely maximum commercial imagination. That’s leading to greater representation and cultural sensitivity in our fictions, and SF/F has always led the way on that front.
With long-running franchises like Doctor Who and Star Trek, those kinds of viewpoint shifts can sometimes be trickier, because series like those are institutionalized: They have narrative histories that often need to be reconciled with, as well as fan bases that feel very proprietary about them — some (though by no means all) of them the kind of malignant trolls you identify above. As you point out, though, despite much work left to do, genre television is moving in the right direction as its writers continue to challenge and exercise their moral imagination…