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ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE ARE NO GODDAMN POC HUMANS IN YOUR SPACE EPICS
#or your whitebread fantasy characters
Could you give me an example of this? I think I know what you’re talking about, but I’m not positive.
(Particularly what you mean by whitebread fantasy characters?)
Just for starters.
The principle is throwing clothing/hair/makeup/jewelry from POC cultures onto white characters to show how exotic/alien/different/desirable they are.
Good writing advice. Or character design advice.
Ok, I just want to check, I’m pretty sure I’ve got it but just to clarify. The point here is that nabbing random POC styles to use on white characters purely because they’re “way different and interesting” is really not ok and don’t fucking do it (and I really don’t want to because well, it’s not ok to do).
Now, when I’m writing (especially sci-fi where any of the races are originally from earth), I tend to look stuff up about other cultures and then use that knowledge to build characters on. So, yeah it’s 4,000 years in the future and we’re aboard a warp-capable ship half a galaxy away from earth, but I’ve still got a handful of characters with POC traits and styles because that’s part of their background.
Is that still the same problem? Do I need to change how I do that?
…why do they ‘have POC traits’ rather than just, yanno, BEING POC?
It’s ok to have characters that actually are/are descendants of the cultures you’re interested in portraying.
u do realize that racebendinng refers specifically to changing white characters into POC, right?
cos I’m seeing a disturbing number of folks citing ‘race bending’ to turn POC characters white
there’s already a word for that
it’s called WHITEWASHING
I expected whites to be sorry for what they had done but our pain is fetishized. Instead of sorrow or remorse there is fascination. Hurting me was the realization of their brown people dreams. Every movie about us. No more squirming as they saw me do better, fucking up the script. White people assume it was unintentional but look at how every one of you react to me. I’m no more than an ant that refuses to burn bright under the glass.
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