Friends on Friday

Mondays are for serious (or not so serious) business. Fridays, however, are for friends within the community, and showcasing their contributions and thoughts. If you want to answer the questions below, just send us an email at killthehealernow@gmail.com, with the name you want shared and, if your comfortable with it, a picture of yourself

Our Take: Morgan is outspoken, life-long gamer with a strong belief that feminism is for everyone. She’s keenly aware of many issues that plague the gaming community, and she’s not afraid to speak up when they rear their ugly heads. All that fire not only enriches any game she’s a part of, but it makes her an incredible person to game with as well.

Their Take:

What are some of your favorite geekeries?

LARP, Video games, Board games, Card games, graphic novels, fantasy novels, mobile games

What media (games, books, movies, etc) do you think are doing representation right?

Supergirl for promoting more LGBTQIA positive representation, Everything Sucks! (TV show also) with sex-positive youth and race-positive, LGBTQIA positive as well. Rat Queens (comic book) for femme positivity, LGBTQIA positivity. Luke Cage (TV Show) for race positivity, Filthy Rich Asians (movie) for race positivity. Brooklyn 9-9 (TV Show) for a lot of positive representations (Jake could easily be the worst misogynist/social backwards dude, but he always surprises the audience; Captain Holt as a gay black leader; Roza discovering she’s Bi).

What do you wish creators knew about representation?

It matters a lot to see and expose different audiences to more than just themselves. Having underrepresented groups shown just to their own audience is nice, but it’s more impactful for it to reach a wider audience and normalize them in the larger culture.

Instead of using representation as a token, make sure “representation” is dynamic and sometimes not even the full focus of the character. For example, in the TV Show Letterkenny, Wayne’s sister is, in the first episode, dating two men at the same time. It’s never even addressed like, “Oh yes my sister, who is poly.” It’s just accepted as normal and no one ever says anything shitty about it. It’s just a common facet of her life and the show. When things are “normalized” you don’t always need to call them out.

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One comment on “Friends on Friday”
  1. Tug Brice says:

    One of the best “queer reveals” I have ever seen was the way Brooklyn 99 introduced Captain Holt. They could have made a big deal out of it, and in a way they did, but they did it by making a joke out of Jake’s lack of observational skills as a detective.

    There were a half dozen small signs in the episode before the actual reveal (which was incredibly low key and no one commented on, except Jake, who missed it). He was then called out for being a bad detective because everyone else noticed and Jake didn’t. The only reason it was called out at all was because Jake was supposed to be a detective and he missed what should have (in hindsight) been obvious. And of course the rest of the precinct was more interested in making fun of Jake than they were about their captain being gay. A stellar example of how that show does a great job of flipping the script.

    Far from making fun of things like that, they usually are shown defending those issues. In a notable episode, Jake punches out someone he spent the entire episode idolizing because he made a comment about Captain Holt being gay. The only thing I have found troublesome is a couple episodes with fatphobic comments.

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