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posted by [personal profile] jay_walk at 09:27pm on 10/09/2011 under ,
Having some sort of moral conundrum, and nobody to talk some sense into me about it right now with it being the middle of the night. About feminism, I suppose, or maybe about art and culture, really about women, or about the portrayal thereof. I am just unable to remember whether it matters or why it should matter.
So I'm reading this book, which is a very intelligent and complex and nice book overall, but like most books female characters are nothing but plot devices that illustrate or influence actual characters' development. Which I probably would have protested some time ago. Objectification and all that.
So... does it somehow negatively influence the world if I do nothing to women in my own writings except use them as archetypes? (and I'm inclined to use romantic archetypes right now, the ones from grecoroman mythology and the tragic ones having to do with suicide and consumption and drowning and such, which are all quite idealising and quite removed from reality). It probably does generally not help society move on for me to do that, but I frustratingly just can't think of why it isn't perfectly fine for society to just keep on being slightly sexist like that.
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posted by [personal profile] sylvaine at 09:56am on 11/09/2011
The way women are written normally just makes me really unhappy and unable to conect with them. Hence why I almost always read male-centric stories.

But if you're inclined to using archetypes right now, I'm assuming that the same goes for men. So if you're going to stereoarchetype all the characters, I don't see why not.
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posted by [personal profile] jay_walk at 05:36pm on 17/10/2011
Update: the author is a misogynist asshole far more directly in real life. So that's just why that was making me uncomfortable, my enjoyment of a book usually depends on how much I agree with he authors personal views even if theyre not directly involved and I don't know of them yet.

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