Claims of over-sensitivity and excessive PC culture have been prevalent in recent years, especially in defense of the use of inflammatory or derogatory language. The term retard (hereafter referred to as the r-word) is a good example of this. In addition to claiming naysayers are too sensitive, people will also try to argue that the r-word isn’t really a slur, or that they don’t mean it “like that” and so it’s okay for them to use it.
It wasn’t that long ago that gay characters in media were few and far between, but recently they’re becoming more and more common and spreading into more genres and mediums. And as gay characters (and other MOGAI characters) become a more common sight, more creators are contemplating making their casts a little less straight.
In recent years, there has been a surge of female empowerment and girl boss-style advertising campaigns. The world is marching forward and media is becoming increasingly open to positioning women as leaders of that march.
As a burgeoning writer, the concept of worldbuilding might sound overwhelming and intimidating. How, exactly, does one effectively build an entire world using just their imagination? Isn’t there a limit to how many unique worlds and ideas we can come up with before we run out entirely and have to start recycling? And if your world is made up of the recycled parts of other stories, is it worth creating?
Commonly, bisexuality is defined as attraction to both men and women. For this reason, some people would argue that bisexuality is transphobic and cissexist – by specifying attraction to men and women, you exclude non-binary people. (Joyner 2016; Bailou 2015; galiagodel 2018; Collins 2017) This, like many accusations against bisexuality, doesn’t show the whole picture.
Prince Edward Island is the smallest province of Canada, cradled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and tucked in close to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It’s a beautiful island known for its seafood, farming, and the red-headed literary figure Anne of Green Gables. It’s also where I was born and raised – but it’s still full of new places to explore and sights unseen.