Category: representation

  • Your Experience is Not Universal: and that’s okay

    There’s been a constant discussion on twitter about writing and who gets to write what. As for contemporary, there’s always been that unspoken rule about #ownvoices — someone writing from their own experience will have better knowledge of the subject, and thus will know what they are talking about, and it’ll be written with better […]

  • Bi Visibility Week 2k16

    It’s bisexual visibility week so I thought I might as well write a post on it. And as always, I’m going to connect it to reading and writing. Sit tight and bear it with me. Bisexuality is a complicated identity to identify yourself with. First, because there aren’t a lot of us out there in […]

  • It’s Not About You

    So I’m back on the topic of writing about diversity — but this time, on the response of many white authors that I’m seeing due to critique of their work and how their representation isn’t as good as it could be. By now, I’ve written about this topic effusively. If you’re writing about a marginalized […]

  • Bad Representation is Bad Writing

    This week a friend of mine came to talk to me about Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR. Although I thought that the making of the movie was beautiful (the shots! the planets! the score!), I couldn’t simply set this aside and say it was a good movie because of the way the female characters were treated. To […]

  • Writing outside your background

        Coming from a multicultural background myself, I decided to write about this topic (and about writing outside your group). I’m essentially Latina, but in Brazil, for example, we rarely use this termination. We are all brazilians, but our culture has a pride on saying where your ancestors come from or who they were. […]