Representation Issues

R is for Representation

R is for Representation

Going in line with my earlier posts about consent is another issue that’s becoming important to me. Representation.

This one is a stickier subject–especially for writers. It’s one thing to rally up and say we need more X representation, but knowing how to go about achieving that can come with some difficulties.

So many of our stories are about straight, white men. We see them everywhere–in movies, on TV, in our books. Recently on the literature front, we’ve seen an influx of leading ladies, which is good. It’s a fantastic start.

But so few of our stories have anything besides straight, white people. If we look around us, anyone can see that the world is filled with a plethora of different people, of all genders, skin colors and ethnicities, sexual orientation, and religions. Where are their stories? Why is it always the same person appearing over and over again on our screens and in our books?

Well, honestly, I don’t know the answer to that question. I possibly don’t want to know.

What I do know, though, is I think this is a terrible disservice to the actual world we live in. Continue reading