I’ve kind of gotten stupid fast at cleaning this store. Waiting on 9 pm so I can lock up and hopefully these last couple of customers will be gone by then.
Anyway here’s a somewhat random half-formed thought.
Some of you might remember about a year ago I got a somewhat ironic criticism on my comic saying that I was fetishizing gay men. I don’t think I am but if I’m gonna objectify or fetishize anyone it’s totes gonna be men so okay.
But there was also a sort of implication that part of that was that I’d never had anything bad happen to Gabry and Liam as a direct result of their being a gay couple.
Anyway here’s the actual thought: I’ve read several comics written by cis gay men where overt homophobia is a plot point. E.G. character gets assaulted for being gay and he fights them off or a love interest swoops in and saves him. And honestly I’m kind of over that kind of thing?
I get that that does happen in reality but I feel like in fiction it’s kind of lazy writing? Especially when it’s a recurring theme in every story. Like there’s plenty of other ways to add some conflict or action to a story without doing that.
On the other hand I do include more overt prejudices towards fictional groups in my comic so IDK maybe I’m way off base here?
It’s kind of homophobic for them to say ‘nothing bad every happens to them because they’re gay’…Are we really so used to homophobia in life that we can’t even have fiction without it? Is that what gay acceptance is to cis/straight people?
"Well there’s a gay character but you HAVE to make them the victim of a hate-crime or it’s fetishizing!"
Reminds me of how women can’t exist in media without being rape victims… :/ Seriously, what the fuck is with that person?
You keep doing what you’re doing, Kyt, I love your series(es) to death and It’s VERY refreshing to see happy gay couples for once. Not everything has to be death drama complications hate-crimes to be interesting. More positive representation in media, please.
If we include such things we’re not only making people aware of them, but normalizing them. People look at media and all they see is gay people being beaten and killed and worse for being gay and think ‘That’s just how the world works!’ True, it is, but that’s not ALWAYS how it is. We also need positive reinforcement so please show happy gay people more often, as often as possible.
Well, nobody’s said that to me directly, it was kind of implied indirectly, possibly unintentionally? It’s hard to be sure.
I think I agree on the normalizing thing. I think it’s not even just that it makes it look like violence should be expected but it also kind of trivializes other things by comparison. Like if I expected to be beaten or murdered for being too gay in public then someone shouting slurs at me would be something mild by comparison and maybe I’d think I had no right to complain about it. And maybe if I did people would be like “quit whining, at least you didn’t get murdered”. That kind of shit grates on people.
But yeah I think I’m just sick of stories about LGBTQA+ characters seemingly having to revolve around their LGBTQA+ status. People can be queer and have unrelated things happening in their lives as well.