"But I want to tell my own story about a grizzled white male who’s irresistible to women!"
“I know X is over-represented in fiction, but I want to tell my own story about X.”
This has been an argument that has niggled at me for a while, because I couldn’t think of a simple way to counter it. Representation is a thing I think about a lot with fiction, how to do it right, when it’s important to think about it or when it should not be a concern. I think I’ve finally come up with a good metaphor for working through that issue.
Imagine you turn up to a party, and everyone’s been told to bring a dish. You turn up, expecting a nice meal with your friends and holy shit there are seven bowls of coleslaw on that table. Seven. There’s eight people in this room and seven of them brought coleslaw. What the fuck. Now coleslaw’s great, and with enough people hey maybe we could get through seven bowls of the stuff, but what the hell else are we going to eat? There’s no main courses, because everyone brought coleslaw. Also there’s mayonnaise in that shit and your mate Dave’s a vegan, he’s kind of fucked with things as they are.
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