Hey, fanfic writers of the world, check this shit out:
Homophobia is not a universal cultural constant. Even before the present moment, which is its own complicated kettle of fish, there have been about as many different attitudes toward same-sex relationships as there have been cultural settings. And the assumption that homophobia is a universal cultural constant? Is itself homophobic.
Like, seriously, when you write same-sex relationships as being some giant taboo in a story setting where there’s actually no reason for that to be the case, that is like a big giant fat slap in the face of ‘WOW GAY IS ACTUALLY SO GROSS THAT IT WOULD NEVER BE ACCEPTED IN ANY CULTURE EVER AT ALL, AM I RIGHT??’ If you’re writing in any setting other than your very own modern current context, you need to do your goddamn research! You can’t just merrily assume everyone hates the gays in the past, because surprise, a lot of people in history really actually haven’t! And if you’re writing in a fantasy setting… maybe it would be more interesting to take a DIFFERENT approach to that sort of thing than exists in your own?
And if you’re writing something that’s set in the future? Wouldn’t it actually be more interesting (not to mention debatably more consistent with ongoing cultural trends!) to seize that opportunity to assume that bigotry has lessened over time, and isn’t much of a problem anymore, and get to actually focus on other aspects of writing a same-sex relationship than the hackneyed old The Tribulations Of Being Gay warhorse? Or are you so desperately married to how gross and unnatural gay stuff must surely be to everyone all the time that you have to go ‘NOPE, IN THE FUTURE EVERYONE HAS FORGOTTEN HOW GAY STUFF WORKS AND NOW IT WILL BE A ~TABOO~ ~DISCOVERY~’ to try to shoehorn in that shit? When some of us are maybe just a teeny weeny bit tired of dealing with all that, constantly, for real, in our actual lives, and would maybe like to be able to think about gay people doing something ELSE like OTHER than being oppressed in our fantasy lives??
ALSO CAN I CRAM ANY MORE BITCHY SARCASM INTO THIS POST, OR HAVE I HIT CRITICAL MASS?????
These are all important questions and we should consider them. And furthermore, while we are considering things, someone should also consider making me a mojito. The muddler’s right in the utensil drawer, right — yeah, right there. Great. Thanks. I’ll be in the den.
Don’t describe them with foodstuffs.
I’d like to see the foodstuff problem applied to white people more.
“She had skin the color of a 6 oz. tub of Fage 0% fat greek yogurt.”
“His eyes were almond-shaped, but they were blue, so honestly kind of more like an almond that had gone bad or one of those things your grandma has in a bowl at Easter.”