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How Can I Make a Villain With a Disability Work?

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So another question for Fay Onyx. With villainous characters like Darth Vader & the Joker it seems like the best thing for the disability community is to focus on a single flawed element of the villain rather then an entire condition. But what if the … read more »

Why Zombies Aren’t a Good Pandemic Parallel 

Zombies climbing a wall in WWZ

For reasons that can’t possibly have anything to do with current events, a lot of people are concerned about pandemics these days. And, like any time pandemics are in the headlines, zombie discussions are close behind. In the last few weeks, I’ve seen more social … read more »

How to Describe Women Without Degrading Them

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the sexist ways women are described in fiction. Given the normalization of the male gaze, this has left some men feeling unsure of how to write a positive description. And it’s not just men who describe women … read more »

Why “But Men Are Objectified Too” Doesn’t Hold Up

The character Red Riot from My Hero Academia

The hypersexualization and objectification of female characters is a major problem in storytelling.* Whether heroes or villains, female characters are often put in revealing or otherwise sexy costumes not because it makes sense for the story, but because it will presumably please straight cis men. … read more »

Eight Sexist Themes From The Witcher TV Show

Renfri and Geralt fighting from The Witcher.

Netflix’s TV adaptation of The Witcher has been making all kinds of waves recently, for everything from its impressive fight choreography to its critic/audience split* to Henry Cavil’s impressive abs. You may have heard that it was criticized by a misogynist pundit for the outlandish … read more »

How Should I Approach Disability in a Pirate Story?

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This question may actually be more for Fay Onyx, but let me know what you think. I’m working on a humorous not-at-all-realistic story where the main characters are pirates. If I have pirates with peg-legs, hooks, and eye-patches, then I support a stereotype about certain … read more »