History SoYouWantTo / AvoidUnfortunateImplications

2nd May '16 5:31:19 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* For the straight yaoi and yuri fans, keep in mind that real gay and bisexual people exist, and some of them ''are'' also fans of yaoi and yuri as well. This doesn't mean that all of your stories have to have aesops about LGBT rights or be entirely 100% realistic - in fact, going off on an AuthorFilibuster about this or driving your characters out of character to do it is one of the worst mistakes you can make, because it makes you look like a WhiteKnight as well as showing off privilege. It does mean that having your characters be unexamined stereotypes of LGBT people will be noticed and taken badly, and it does mean you should understand at least a little beyond what you learn from porn or SlashFic or manga or whatever.

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* For the straight yaoi and yuri fans, keep in mind that real gay and bisexual people exist, and some of them ''are'' also fans of yaoi and yuri as well. This doesn't mean that all of your stories have to have aesops about LGBT rights or be entirely 100% realistic - in fact, going off on an AuthorFilibuster about this or driving your characters out of character to do it is one of the worst mistakes you can make, because it makes you look like a WhiteKnight white knight as well as showing off privilege. It does mean that having your characters be unexamined stereotypes of LGBT people will be noticed and taken badly, and it does mean you should understand at least a little beyond what you learn from porn or SlashFic or manga or whatever.
14th Apr '16 12:39:29 PM Zeego
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* ''''' Do not assume the ViewersAreMorons, do not use SmallReferencePools, and refuse to play to the LowestCommonDenominator'''''. This is as close to a "golden rule" of avoiding UnfortunateImplications as one can get. Specifically, assume that your viewers will be of a diverse nature, smart enough to understand implications, and expecting well-rounded, interesting characters and plotlines in many cases. Even if they are JustHereForGodzilla or {{Fanservice}}, your objective is to assume that even Godzilla battling [[BestKnownForTheFanservice an armada of strippers]] will not make the viewers morons who ignore everything else along the way.

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* ''''' Do not assume the ViewersAreMorons, do not use SmallReferencePools, and refuse to play to the LowestCommonDenominator'''''. This is as close to a "golden rule" of avoiding UnfortunateImplications as one can get. Specifically, assume that your viewers will be of a diverse nature, smart enough to understand implications, and expecting well-rounded, interesting characters and plotlines in many cases. Even if they are JustHereForGodzilla or {{Fanservice}}, your objective is to assume that even [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Godzilla battling [[BestKnownForTheFanservice an armada of strippers]] will not make the viewers morons who ignore everything else along the way.
20th Dec '15 5:17:23 PM malifee
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* With respect to sociopolitical issues, absolutely avoid painting exponents of any ideology with a broad brush. Words such as conservative, liberal, democracy, and dictatorship will not mean the same thing to everyone. Two individuals with the same basic politics may still have a lot to disagree about. Also do not assume that two ideologies that seem to be at odds in some issues will be polar opposites in all things. Some conflicting ideologies may have little more than subtle differences. And being pro-something does not neccesarily mean being anti-anything else. Pride in one's culture, creed, or ethnic heritage, for example does not neccesarily say anything on their view towards other cultures, creeds or ethnicities.

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* With respect to sociopolitical issues, absolutely avoid painting exponents of any ideology with a broad brush. Words such as conservative, liberal, democracy, and dictatorship will not mean the same thing to everyone. Two individuals with the same basic politics may still have a lot to disagree about. Also do not assume that two ideologies that seem to be at odds in some issues will be polar opposites in all things. Some conflicting ideologies may have little more than subtle differences. And being pro-something does not neccesarily necessarily mean being anti-anything else. Pride in one's culture, creed, or ethnic heritage, for example does not neccesarily necessarily say anything on their view towards other cultures, creeds or ethnicities.
** Be conscious of geopolitical and social context for political views as well: if you're writing a historical setting and your characters have certain political or philosophical views, make sure to research into how those views were well, viewed at the time: same for specific issues like women's emancipation, racism, homophobia etc. Keep in mind the implications of certain views as well: politics definitely doesn't exist in a vacuum, so some ideals or concepts may meet a completely different reception due to social attitudes or recent events. For example, anarchism in the early 20th century had a bad reputation amongst the wider public, especially due to high-profile assassinations by anarchist groups or individuals. While it's not particularly well-favoured today, it's less maligned, and also less active on the ground.



* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like [[http://www.springhole.net/writing/offensivemistakes.html this one]] or [[http://midnightbreakfast.com/writing-people-of-color this]] to see how NOT to write a black character.

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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) biased) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character (and aren't black yourself), it is a good thing to look at sites like [[http://www.springhole.net/writing/offensivemistakes.html this one]] or [[http://midnightbreakfast.com/writing-people-of-color this]] to see how NOT to write a black character.
7th Nov '15 8:12:36 PM NordRonnoc
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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like [[https://www.stormfront.org/forum/ Stormfront]] to see how NOT to write a black character.

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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like [[https://www.stormfront.org/forum/ Stormfront]] [[http://www.springhole.net/writing/offensivemistakes.html this one]] or [[http://midnightbreakfast.com/writing-people-of-color this]] to see how NOT to write a black character.
6th Nov '15 12:35:32 PM Llygodenfawr
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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like [https://www.stormfront.org/forum/ Stormfront] to see how NOT to write a black character.

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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like [https://www.[[https://www.stormfront.org/forum/ Stormfront] Stormfront]] to see how NOT to write a black character.
6th Nov '15 12:35:13 PM Llygodenfawr
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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like {{Stormfront}} to see how NOT to write a black character.

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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a black character it is a good thing to look at sites like {{Stormfront}} [https://www.stormfront.org/forum/ Stormfront] to see how NOT to write a black character.
27th Oct '15 10:20:02 AM Tempus22
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** In the same time, be ''very careful'' about this if your story takes place in a country that happens to be predominantly populated by white people (example: Slavic countries). If your story is set in such a country, writing in too many non-white characters will likely come off as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.

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** In the same time, be ''very careful'' about this if your story takes place in a country that happens to be predominantly populated by white people (example: Slavic countries). If your story is set in such a country, writing in too many non-white characters will likely come off as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.
9th Aug '15 5:08:46 PM RevolutionStone
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* Don't use real people as "freaks," and avoid the FreaksOfTheWeek trope like the plague. Transgender people are real human beings with feelings and real lives. As are little people. As are women with unusual hair growth. As are people in that freakish little scary subculture that just got torn to bits on Series/{{CSI}} or Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit. And so on. If you absolutely ''must'' have someone treated as a "freak" for laughs or in using someone's "freakishness" to amplify their villainy, either pick something not realistic or among real people and refrain from the pitfalls of FantasyCounterpartCulture while doing so, or, in the case of amplifying villainy, pick something real but that ''does'' have an effect of violence or murder as opposed to something that doesn't (e.g. being a punk or metalhead or goth, suffering from autism or anxiety or depression)

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* Don't use real people as "freaks," and avoid the FreaksOfTheWeek trope like the plague. Transgender people are real human beings with feelings and real lives. As are little people. As are women with unusual hair growth. As are people in that freakish little scary subculture that just got torn to bits on Series/{{CSI}} or Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit. And so on. If you absolutely ''must'' have someone treated as a "freak" for laughs or in using someone's "freakishness" to amplify their villainy, either pick something not realistic or among real people and refrain from the pitfalls of FantasyCounterpartCulture while doing so, or, in the case of amplifying villainy, pick something real but that ''does'' have an effect of violence or murder as opposed to something that doesn't (e.g. serious alcohol abuse with the alcohol abuser becoming a violent drunk, uncontrolled intermittent explosive disorder, a severe and uncontrolled impulse control disorder, or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malignant_narcissism Malignant Narcissism]] ) as opposed to something that doesn't (e.g. being a punk or metalhead or goth, suffering from autism or anxiety or depression)
depression, or even having an antisocial personality or LackOfEmpathy but without any drive to violence from it)
5th Jul '15 1:22:07 PM LaStella
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** In the same time, be ''very careful'' about this if your story takes place in a country that happens to be predominantly populated by white people (example: Slavic countries). If your story is set in such a country, writing in too many non-white characters will likely come off as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.
10th Jun '15 12:38:40 PM hydrix
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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a minority character it is a good thing to look at sites like {{Stormfront}} to see how NOT to write a minority character.

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* There will always be racist people out there [[MisaimedFandom that try to use your work to confirm their (often unfairly biaised) beliefs]]. As a writer you can try to make clear that they are clearly part of the MisaimedFandom. If you for instance write about a minority black character it is a good thing to look at sites like {{Stormfront}} to see how NOT to write a minority black character.
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