It’s not a new idea–we’ve certainly seen it raising its ugly head in media repeatedly, but it’s become popular again–the “flipped prejudice” fiction. Victoria Foyt’s racist Save the Pearls did it for race and we now have the homophobic versions: a Kickstarter for the book Out by Laura Preble and the film Love is All You Need. I hate linking to them but they need to be seen. They both have the same premise: an all gay world that persecutes the straight minority.
So that’s more appropriating the issues we live with: our history, our suffering, and then shitting on it all by making us the perpetrators of the violations committed against us. How can they not see how offensive this is? How can they not see how offensive taking the severe bigotry thrown at us every day and throughout history–bigotry that has cost us so much and then making our oppressors the victims and us the attackers–is? This is appropriative. This is offensive. It’s disrespectful — and it’s outright bigoted.
Y’know, if you actually want to talk about prejudice and persecution and how they can affect people’s lives, why not use actual marginalised people? You want to show how a person navigates a society that has extreme prejudice against their skin colour? Why not make your protagonist a POC? You want to show a society that persecutes people based on who they’re attracted to and who they love? Why not make your protagonist gay?
Oh, but then that becomes a specialist subject, right? A “niche,” dealing with marginalised issues. A POC book. A gay/lesbian book. Totally inappropriate for mainstream audience–when we can take the same story and flip it to bizarre bigot world and make the poor straight, white person the persecuted victim and we’re back in mainstream land. Funny, that.
And don’t tell me it’s for marginalised people, so we can see a world where we’re dominant. Would I like to read a book where marginalised people are the majority and in charge? Sure–but not through the eyes of a poor, oppressed straight/white person who is suffering so awfully at the hands of the big, mean, prejudiced gay/black people. Because maginalised people being cast as evil villains? Been done, and it’s not fun.
If you needed any more proof that this is offensive, just take to the ‘net and start googling these storylines. Google “heterophobia” google “straight or white pride.” Google “reverse racism”; google “anti-white racism.” Google “Christian prejudice.” You probably got some truly vile sites and vile people right there. These memes already exist: from the oppressors, from the hate groups. and from the bigots trying to create the idea of these oppressive minorities have to be fought, controlled and kept in their place or you will become the victims. We already have this narrative: it’s in the mouths of the hate groups, the pro-segregationists, the politicians and the religious leaders denying human rights. In the shadow of these organisations, these books and films read more like cautionary tales– warnings for straight and white folks–than a call for empathy.
Just stop. You want to include marginalised people, then do it. But don’t make free with the severe issues that have shaped and attacked us for generations and appropriate them for your own ends. And certainly don’t do it while making our oppressors the victims and the persecuted the attackers in these lazy, shallow, ridiculous worlds.
After changing schools within her district, a transgender third-grade girl in New Hampshire will be allowed to use the women’s restroom and wear girls’ clothing.
Janson Wu, an attorney with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders who represented the New Hampshire student, told the CBS affiliate that schools need to have policies in place to protect transgender and gender-variant youth, in addition to comprehensive antibullying policies.
“I think as the environments become more and more welcoming to transgender and gender-variant youth, we’re going to see a lot more students coming out,” Wu told CBS. “And that’s something that schools and parents will need to be prepared to deal with. Children often have difficulty having schools respect them for who they believe they are. If a transgender girl wants to be able to wear feminine clothes to school and be addressed as a girl, oftentimes we see schools feeling a fair amount of discomfort around that.”
As the Advocate points out, it’s nice to hear about this kind of thing when we so often hear about trans kids being shamed and humiliated by both kids and teachers at school. Good for this girl and the educators who did the right thing.
Do y’all remember me saying I got to be part of a NatGeo special while I was in Japan this last spring? Well, it’s finally airing! I thought it wouldn’t be ready until next spring, so I’m happy that it’s coming on so ‘early’. I’m not one of the people getting the bagelhead procedure done, but I am one of the spectators, as is my sister Michelle.
Check it out tonight, at 10p ET on National Geographic. The link above leads to the blog entry about it by La Carmina, the lady who arranged for Michelle and me to be on the show.
I can’t even remember what the fuck I wrote for that tag. AND EXCUSE YOU, I AM ONE YEAR YOUR JUNIOR, BEECH.
“…works @ sportchek. :| First quasi-friend in LC!” something something something I have a horrible memory.
Y WE NO TXT LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE?
LOL TEXTING WHAT IS TEXTING
which reminds me, i rarely have signal in langara. ever. evevrvevevvrervevrve. can you please get twitter or those super cool n’ handy foreign apps that lets us talk whenever BECAUSE SEEING YOU AFTER LATIN IS JUST NOT ENOUGH
i have signal all the time, and it’s Fido. :DDDDDDD
No. Ki. A. brick phone of shit. man.
and I refuse to fall into the clutches of Twitter despite the mo liuness of @Eoincmacken. yep.