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if you think black women wearing their hair natural is unprofessional you are racist.
Reasons why i dislike slash shipping in fandoms:
White boys over everything. Every. Single. Time. No time for pocs not even interracial slash. Erasure and villainization of female characters. Especially woc. Using women as props for your white boys fantasy. Faux feminism. Strong women! Needs no love!I don’t think people realize how important poc/interracial ships are. Slash, femslash, even hetero, yes, hetero. We get so little representation already so excuse me if i don’t appreciate your erasure (hate) of pocs characters/ships to prop your ship.
agreed. this is a problem.
but the problem occurs not because of fans, but because of writers. white men are written interesting, multi-layered, and dynamic. their relaionships (mostly friendships) get the most screen time and focus. white men are usually the fan’s focus because they’re near always the writers’ focus.
with a few exceptions, women are generally used as props by the writers. women of color and people of color in general are shoved in the back seat. representation matters and we desperately need more of it from the writers.
to use sherlock as an example, i don’t think its fans’ fault that few people care about Donovan. i think she’s the only named poc and one of the very few women. even Anderson got a larger role later on than she did! sherlock, john, greg, mycroft, and even anderson are infinitely more fleshed out and that is the problem.
more solid representation of poc, women, and other minorities in media, as actual characters instead of props
while this is partly true i still feel that most fans have yet to acknowledge and take responsibility of the hate and backlash they themselves contributed to poc characters in fandoms. writers are to be blamed for poorly written poc characters yes but it does not give fandoms the excuse to use this as a reasons to justify their hate/dislike towards these characters.
Also most fandoms does not even acknowledge the problematic writing, their hate is automatically directed to the character just for simply existing especially more so when it threatens their ship. And in this case, the popular ones in fandoms : white hetero and slash ships.
i believe it’s more than a matter of which character has been given more depth and dynamic. because if not how then do you explain the hate directed towards poc characters with strong writing? Characters such as Martha of Doctor Who, Marie Laveau of AHS, Gwen of Merlin, Jessica Pearson of Suits?
i just … it’s hard enough to enjoy a show with so few good depictions of minorities but when you are unable to have a safe space to appreciate undervalued and underwritten characters without coming across hate it gets frustrating.
All of this!
Let’s not forget that fandom will happily create backstories and justifications for their white male faves at the drop of a hat, but refuses to even try to imagine why women, POC, and WOC characters might act the way that they do.
Fandom is happy to ship white male characters that have barely canonically interacted (see: Mycroft/Lestrade, Clint/Coulson (in the MCU), etc.), but eagerly tears down canonical relationships that have been developed onscreen that involve WOC (particularly if they’re black) (see: Arthur/Gwen, Spock/Uhura (Nu!Trek), etc.), and disproportionately demonizes those women. Not to mention the fact that fandom rarely considers shipping POC with their close onscreen friends, and when people do, loudly wonders why “they can’t just be friends” and complains about how the POC character “doesn’t need a love interest” (see: Tony/Rhodey, Ichabod/Abbie, etc.). Compare this to fandom’s treatment of white characters who are close friends, or even siblings (ex: John/Sherlock, Dean/Sam, etc.)!
I don’t deny that the media has a lot of issues and could definitely do with giving POC/WOC/women more focus and development, but that isn’t the entire issue here. Fandom is culpable for its own actions as much as the source material is.
I don’t have anything against white dudeslash in and of itself — I’ve read some excellent stories, I get the draw for shipping certain characters together, and I definitely understand the desire for representation — but as a fanbase/genre in general, it tends to treat characters that aren’t white men very poorly.
I think I’ve posted about this before, but I can never get over how amazing “Out of the Box” actually was. If you’re looking for a truly feminist children’s show, this is my #1 recommendation.
For starters, the two main characters (who are seen in the gif) are both from marginalised groups but are not stereotypes even a little bit. And as I recall, there was even an episode where they both shared their culture with the children is a positive light.
Secondly, the show is very anti-classist. The premise of the show is that the two main characters are taking care of the children after school until their parents get home from work. They do things such as arts and crafts, and rely heavily on cheap products that can usually be found around the home.
Thirdly, the show was pretty progressive when it came to gender roles and gender expression. As I recall, there was one episode in which the children wanted to do a play about a princess and a dragon. They decided to make puppets by drawing on lunch bags with markers. One of the children, who appeared to be a cis girl, declared that she wanted to be a strong and scary dragon. Another one of the children, who appeared to be a cis boy, declared that he wanted to be a beautiful princess. There was no shaming for this, and no talk about “proper gender roles”. Instead, the two main characters simply applauded the children for the creativity and helped them create their puppets.
I actually might watch all of the episode again one day (if I can find them) and create a full list of reasons why people should watch Out of the Box. But for now, I’ll just leave you with the episodes that I remember.
My childhood was salvaged by
television. Honest and truly.
This may be shocking, but babies and condoms are made of different material
Well played, Charmin. [@charmin]
This story keeps on getting better and better
It was the first thing I thought of & I don’t remember for the life of me what Eddie Murphy last did…or what he’s doing now.
When an actor stumbles into their fandom on Tumblr:
The longer that gif went on, the more I laughed/cried.