107- Social Justice Successes and Failures

The Mythcreant Podcast

We’ve all got our social justice axes to grind, and as we are joined by Fay for a third week, this is the time to get them out. We discuss several episodes of Star Trek that tried for a positive message but shot themselves in the foot, how Dragonlance needs to understand that racism isn’t just for goblins and orcs, and some basic ways to separate ableism from positive depictions of disability. But somehow, most impressively, we don’t spend the entire episode raving about Zootopia! 

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Fay’s website is Writing Alchemy, where ze talks about storytelling and posts stories.

Toph, from Avatar: The Last Airbender (pronounced with a soft “o” sound. Our bad)

Lineage, a Voyager episode that almost understands casual racism.

Code of Honor, the most racist episode of Trek ever.

Tasha Yar and Kathryn Janeway from The Next Generation and Voyager, respectively.

The Dragonlance books


Elsa S. Henry, the advocate Chris mentioned on the show, talks about Daredevil and other social justice issues on her website, Feminist Sonar.

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  1. SunlessNick

    Regarding the example of Toph vs Daredevil, another factor is that Toph’s vibration sense is something any earthbender can do; her blindness is only *why* she bothered to develop the ability. Sort of like how the average human being can hear well enough for basic echolocation, but few sighted people bother to practice it. Whereas Daredevil’s counteractions are unique powers.

    Regarding Sense8, it’s worth noting that the trans character is actually played by a transwoman.

    • Fay Onyx

      Really good points. Thank you!

      Having trans actors play trans characters is a super big deal because it is still so rare and has such a big effect! (Having male actors portray trans women reinforces harmful stereotypes even if they do a good job.)

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