Can what your protagonist thinks and does really be that important?
Long-running story tropes become long-running for a reason, but what if more was possible?
Four books, one million words, and innumerable examples of sexism!
Cool space worms can't save Dune from sexism, racism, and absurdity.
Messaging must be built directly into the story or ambiguity ensues.
Finally, the heterosexual representation we've been craving!
Stop shielding exploitative stories from the criticism they've earned.
Even when representation isn’t explicit, coded characters can still spread harmful stereotypes.
Keeping misogyny out of our description takes vigilance.
The pressure on women to look good is simply an order of magnitude higher than it is for men.
When writing about autism, account for the interior motives and experiences of autistic people.
While it does pass the low bar of showing that women can wield weapons, it’s still extremely sexist.