One thing that drives me nuts about the lack of GSM representation is how there’s so much representation needed on SO MANY FRONTS that sometimes they almost clash.
We need more female characters who are just really close, emotionally intimate friends. We also need more lesbians.
We need more straight male characters who can be emotional and caring and “feminine.” We also need more gay characters, both flamboyant and otherwise.
We need more female characters who don’t conform to societal expectations of gender and who show frustration with being female due to its limitations in their culture. We also need more FTM characters.
We need more male characters who don’t conform to societal expectations of gender and decide it’s okay to wear skirts and makeup if they want to look pretty. We also need more MTF characters.
We need more characters who can live without sex, who want to wait until marriage, who aren’t comfortable moving too quickly in a relationship and that’s seen as okay and not a flaw. We also need more asexual characters.
We need more characters who push the boundaries of what “cishet” means. We also need more characters who AREN’T cishet.
AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS, what we GET is usually a character who sits squarely in the middle of the road and the creators refuse to define, leaving the fans to argue and rage at each other as the two sides cling desperately to the only characters they’ve been able to relate to in ages for different but equally legitimate reasons.
these kinds of posts are always a note to self to me: try to write a LOT, try to write ALL OF THESE KINDS OF CHARACTERS. A huge body of work offering diverse interpretations of sexuality, gender, and so on will start to make up for the sad lack of diversity in so many areas of media