Cute in conflicting patterns.
"are there any straight people in your story?”
"no they’re not relevant to the plot"
give a straight person one line of dialogue and call it representation
But don’t mention they’re straight, drop so little information that we’re hinted it might be, then say they’re straight in later interviews after the story is complete.
Part of a homework project for my styling direction class — we had to create a catalog for a made-up business (in my case a select shop focused on jewelry and accessories).
This is 4000% inspired by Janice Poon's work. She's the food stylist for NBC's Hannibal show and she is amazing. I hope she doesn’t mind me stealing a couple of ideas for my homework. :] I’ve never done anything even resembling food styling before, so this was a great way to practice.
Feather brooch by Mazzanti Piume Atelier
Rat skull necklaces by Raven Ranch Studio
Vintage grouse foot kilt pin
Tentacle earrings by Ryba Colnce
Skull & quill headdress by Bubbles & Frown
makura-no-soushi said: Currently world-building for a story, and I'm curious about what you and your followers think about fantasy books set in worlds where bisexuality is extremely common if not the social norm; Tanya Huff, Ellen Kushner, Gregory Maguire, et al. I've loved that sort of fantasy since I was a child - as it feels more comfortable and natural - but part of me also wonders if it isn't just an easy way for a writer to avoid handling the issues bisexuals face in the real world. Thanks for your input!
I’ve been thinking about this ask for a few days, and I’m of two minds on it. On the one hand, when you create a world where everyone is some form of bi/pan/omni/queer/multisexual spectrum, but no one talks about it, you are dodging any discussion of the oppressions REAL bi/pan/omni/queer/multisexual spectrum people face. It’s a writer’s cop-out on important issues, for sure. And in many ways, it holds up all the fallacies of the “everyone is a little bi” argument. It undermines the fact that not everyone actually is bi, and pretending like everyone is generalizes the identity and waters it out so that monosexuals don’t have to feel uncomfortable with people who are different from them.* I think this is especially true when straight authors do it. They get to reap all the benefits of being thought an ally, while never having to deal with learning anything about the difficulties actual queer people experience.
On the other hand, dang, a whole world full of bi/pan/omni/queer/multisexual spectrum people! Such paradise! One of the big criticisms that a lot of fantasy and science fiction get is that the genre gives you the opportunity to create a whole new society. You could create anything you want! But instead, so many authors choose to recreate the same white supremacist, cissexist patriarchal straight society that we currently have – only on the moon and with laser guns. And in that sense, writing predominantly bi societies is a good thing. It reminds us that the way our society treats queer people is not “natural” and we don’t have to live in a society like we currently have.
I think the fact that you are asking yourself these questions is a really good start. If you are aware of the issues bi people face in our society, if you aren’t ignoring it, you can create a non-monosexual society while still being sensitive to the issues that face real-life bi people. It may even make your world more realistic, because it’s not like people in the future will just forget their monosexist ways so quickly or easily.
*Someone else on tumblr used phrasing very close to this to explain it, but I can’t remember who and I can’t find it now. If you know who it was, let me know and I’ll credit them.
All of the yes. Personally, I’ll take most queer characters I can get, but I love that the pros and cons are being deconstructed.
"You could create anything you wan! But instead, so many authors choose to recreate the same white supremacist, cissexist patriarchal straight society that we currently have —only on the moon and with laser guns. And in that sense, writing predominantly bi societies is a good thing. It reminds us that the way our society treats queer people in not “natural” and we don’t have to live in a society like we currently have.”