Ok. Here’s why I can’t stand when (white) people say fiction doesn’t affect reality at all.
It really fucking does.
It doesn’t come…ABOUT because of reality.
And reality doesn’t come from fiction either, you could argue that one makes the other or vice versa.
Let’s not argue about that, because it’s subjective and you’ll never get to the bottom of it, nor will you ever have a solid answer.
But let’s ask ourselves…
What fiction says about US.
Birth of a Nation?
What do you think it said about the fucking Ku Klux Klan?
That they’re heroes.
That they’re knights in shining armor, warriors of the south, the protectors of the oppressed whites.
That black people were submissive and liked being enslaved and those who didn’t were just childish brutes.
The Ku Klux Klan experienced a surge in membership following the release of that movie.
The Ku Klux Klan, a lynch mob of white supremacists, who hung people for fun, to terrorize and create fear.
They lost the war, but never lost their position of privilege.
Every time you get into some bullshit argument about how pedophilia, ebephilia, and differences in ages is “alright” in fiction and fanart, disregarding how REAL FIFTEEN YEAR OLDS INHABIT THIS SITE, and start believing it’s ok for twenty to thirty year old men to be attracted to them (and it’s fucking not).
Every time you claim it’s ok for heterosexual women to invade gay safe spaces to gush about how much hotter gay sex is than straight sex and “ooh, i wish i was a man, i would have gay sex all the time” (and you’d run the risk of get fucking shot in a night club, i may add) .
Every time you say “Well it’s my right as a woman to express my sexuality, and if I wanna do it through hot gay sex, then you can’t stop me.”
You’re embarrassing the hell out of yourself.
God. Can you hear yourself?
There’s this crazy world outside of your wall of privilege where these things happen in real life and they’re awful, people are really hurt by these things.
“Well I can separate fiction from reality-”
And what about those who can’t?
What about those who slip from fiction to reality, who murder their wives and children because of hypermasculinity, which is CAREFULLY AND PURPOSEFULLY, displayed everywhere in his life, in action films and thrillers and every piece of shit Hollywood has ever dispensed?
What about women who watch romances that make abuse out to be romantic, possessiveness to be “love” and controlling natures to be “assertive” and “protective” and “sexy?”
I mean God.
This site gets in an uproar every time an Asian character is played by a white actor.
Because every time that happens, it feels like we’re saying “Asian people aren’t talented enough to be in this role” or “Asian people can’t be leads, they can’t be the heroes, they don’t look enough like us, they don’t come from here.”
They don’t belong.
So why is it to hard to grasp that it’s the same concept in fan produced content?
It says something about you.
It says something about the work it was produced of.
And it says something about the world in general, the forces that tell you that this or that is “hot,” that this or that is “acceptable.”
i’m an anthropologist, asshole, this is the kind of shit we know.
Humanity is built on “meaning.” It’s built on culture.
Which is not, in a sense, “real.” Not at all.
So “fiction isn’t real, I can do what I want-” well. Culture isn’t real either.
You going to go out and kill someone?
I hope not, but by your rules, morality doesn’t exist if something isn’t…”real.”