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Acing the Rainbow Bechdel
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cat_sanctuary From: cat_sanctuary Date: January 14th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised she doesn't mention Neil Gaiman's "Anansi Boys."

I've never even tried writing about people in the real world who don't have at least one ethnic root in common with me, having been told that that was disrespectful and exploitative and so on. But when I used to write conceptual fiction about an alternative world I did play with the idea of race. The people in that world were a really alien race, having structural and not only surface differences from us, but the majority of them looked more or less like Caucasian humans. A large minority group, nearly all of whom had chosen to segregate themselves and develop a distinctive culture, were albinos; one of their inventions was a way to give themselves enough artificial pigmentation that they could enjoy bright sunlight, so they were the ones with the pre-punk hair dyes that used to identity low-budget science fiction shows. Relative to the COLORED People, or albinos, the rest of that world were obviously Brown People, and didn't worry too much about shades of brown--some of them were melanistic, but they hadn't isolated themselves and bred for that trait, so it could crop up anywhere, as albinism does in the real world. The only people who might have called themselves "White" would have been rebellious young albinos, but I never wrote about that possibility.

Probably not Theangryblackwoman's idea of a strong statement, or any young person's, today...but it reflected real cutting-edge science and felt daring at the time.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 14th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


What a fascinating scenario. Thanks for sharing!
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