Join us as Daniel Kaine goes Outside the Margins.
Writing What You’re Not
Everyone has those annoying conversation topics that they’re sick of hearing. And no matter what we do, it seems like we’ll never escape them. Recently, for me, it was 50 Shades, the movie. Everywhere I went I was hearing about it. It was all over my Twitter and Facebook feeds. It was on the streets. It was at work. Let me just say, I’m so glad the hype seems to have vanished.
Other such delightful subjects for me include (but are absolutely not limited to):
-Westboro Baptist Church deciding to picket another funeral
-Republicans on women’s rights, LGBT rights, or just the rights of anyone who isn’t a well-off Caucasian, Christian man
-The latest dumb thing that some celebrity did
As a community, the M/M genre has several of its own bugbears, and one in particular I’ve seen crop up time and time again. I was never under any illusion that I’d seen the last of it, but I was glad that the topic hadn’t reared its ugly head for a while, until I spotted it while scrolling through Facebook for inspiration for this post. I immediately face-palmed myself harder than I had intended.
What subject could this possibly be, you ask? Females writing male characters, and especially gay/bi male characters. Seriously? Since when did you, or me, or that person sitting next to you on the bus, or some douche on the Internet, get to decide what an author should or shouldn’t write based on what chromosomes they have?
I could understand if the situation was more like an author writing a book about BDSM when they know nothing about it. (Yeah, I know, I just can’t let that topic go.) Or, a writer publishing a book about genetic engineering when their knowledge of genes is limited to Levis and Wranglers. But all it would take to fix that is some research.
When it comes to writing people, how do we define what is right and wrong? There are almost 7.3 billion people on this planet right now. If you can dream up a person, chances are they probably exist somewhere in this world. When you start ridiculing an author’s portrayal of a gay man (or any character for that matter), as not being authentic, you’re also likely to be demeaning a real person.
And then there’s the argument that straight women just won’t understand the experiences a gay man has to live through. I mean, it’s not like there’s a wealth of information on the Internet detailing those things. They certainly couldn’t ask a male friend for advice. And I’m absolutely sure women have never had to face any form of discrimination before. Oh, wait… Damn, well there goes that argument.
At the end of the day, if you know one person, whatever their gender or sexual orientation, then you know one person. Not everyone has to conform to your beliefs or experiences of what they should be.
Also, I’d just like to point out that Ty Grady is the best male character ever, in my opinion, and written by a woman. So suck on that one. #TyFanboy
~ Daniel Kaine
About Daniel Kaine
Daniel was born and raised in the Land of Rain, aka England, where he now lives with his four lovable furballs; Mik, Ash, Spidey and Flash. Originally trained as a Biology teacher, Daniel was unsure what to do with his life until he came across fanfiction for his favourite anime and decided to have a go at writing his own. To this day, he still cringes at the memory of the cheesy terminology he used.
When not writing, Daniel enjoys a variety of activities, including running, going to the gym, bondage, watching anime, and the mass-slaying of virtual monsters in the hopes of receiving epic loot. One day, he hopes to become a werepanther and invent chocolate that can be eaten all day without making you fat.
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