The CWAL Rubber Room
"The Four Crotch Marmots of the Apokalypse... as has been fortold for eons past... They Come, wailing and gnashing their incisors, and by name they rise up against the damned: Squeakers, Bingo, Yap-Yap and Slappy... fear now, for the End of Days smells of burnt rodent fur..." - Grorx
So what is it to accurately portray a female, or a black man, or a lesbian?
I guess I'm leaning nurture on this.
Geordi La Forge on TNG is black, but it's completely meaningless in the setting, because his character is so divorced from Earth history. Sisko is black, and it was more significant, but only because of the episodes with a connection to Earth history.
The only way to accurately portray "the black experience" is to connect it to our own society.
Likewise, maybe the way to portray a person with "female" personality traits is to let our own social norms bleed over into the fiction.
The way females in Game of Thrones act is satisfying to us because of our cultural expectations, I think, when it's actually pretty strange from such a patriarchal world.
Not saying that's bad. If we can't relate to what we are reading, it's hard to care.
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