It’s a fact that ableism, homophobia, and racism influence countless aspects of people’s everyday lives. Micro-aggressions, stereotypes, internalized prejudice, flagrant bigotry, institutionalised discrimination… There are also other matters to consider: accessibility, hair or skin care, limited dating pools, communities, culture, etc.
When none of these elements are acknowledged in realistic fiction, I notice. When the absence of those elements is praised, I notice especially.
And I wonder — perhaps uncharitably — are diverse characters only OK as long as they’re not too diverse?
There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them.
—Elie Wiesel (via writingquotes)