Getting real tired of ignoring/outright hating actually great male characters because they’re “straight white dudes”
Like Jace Wayland who is a victim of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his father, is important in the emphasis of platonic/familial love through his bond with Alec and for the “family doesn’t equal blood” theme.
Or Bellamy Blake (who isn’t even white yet gets accused of having “straight white male” privilege) who breaks expectations of masculinity (as well has having a borderline abusive childhood)
Or Killian Jones who-as well as being another victim of child abuse and also government oppression and exploitation-is a disabled man who is shown to be struggling with his disability and also goes against social constructions of masculinity.
As much as I live for strong and complex women, we need well written men in fiction too.
Male abuse victims whose trauma isn’t used in a ‘man pain Tragic Backstory’ type of way but they react to it and we then see them recover
Men who actively subvert toxic masculinity.
Disabled men who aren’t shown to be any less
Men who treat women as equals
Men who don’t conform to gender norms.
Men can, and often are, be important for representation. Male abuse victims, disabled men and men of colour are all important and should not be brushed off because they are men
I wasn't quite sure if you've answered this question before because I'm new to your blog, but do you have any tips in writing in first person when your main character is the opposite gender? For instance, I'm a female and I enjoy writing male characters as much as I like writing females, but sometimes I'm not sure if I'm writing them correctly. Like once a teacher yelled at me for my male character saying brunette instead of "brown hair" since he's a male and believes that men don't say brunette