I just don't understand why the whole race/gender thing matters so much to some people.
From Nigel Self:
Could it be because you have the priviledge of it not mattering to *you*?
Ah. Trotting out that old horse again are we?
"You're privileged, so your opinion doesn't count."
No, your opinion counts, as does mine as a white man. It is the possibility of your personal experiences influencing your opinion that I am talking about.
My opinion is: Constantly examining everything (books, TV, movies, elections etc.) through a gender/race lens makes everything a gender/race issue and further serves to compartmentalize the races and the genders by enhancing their differences.
I should have done this long since, but I didn't want to give you the privilege of my notice. You're banned. Good-bye.
Wow. Maybe I've missed something this poster did in some other thread, but otherwise this seems absurdly over-harsh. I have seen him critique your writing, harshly, but never in a way that seemed to be particularly mean-spirited so much as blunt and not sugar-coated. Here, it seems to me, he has disagreed with your contention that people of varied races and genders should always be important protagonists, lest the story become sullied by having too many important white males.
I fail to see why either of these could possibly be bannable offenses. It genuinely strikes me as odd.
PS: I don't have a clue if IJ let's you ban IPs, but in case it does, and you're of a mind to do so to me, please don't. My girlfriend is a huge fan of yours and reads your rants regularly on my computer, so doing so would cause her needless pain. If you feel the urge to ban me, instead please just ask that I never post here again, and I will comply. Thank you.
I'm going to be a thread necrophiliac just to tell you that you're an idiot. Yay!
Wow, you banned someone for pointing out a valid flaw! Wow!
So why is it that every single book/movie/bit of media has to absolutely have some person of crap - err, colour - that is allegedly noble and the female character has to be uber strong and wise? According to your own criticisms, this should be ringing the Mary-Sue bells, but it doesn't. All I see is narcissism typical of feminist circles: rude, condescending, know-it-alls that cannot accept the fact that race and gender do exist and that they do have roles.
Oh, no, whites are intelligent! Stop the presses! Well, after all, whites are responsible for 98% of inventions, and you are a white woman, meaning you are one of the most privileged people on Earth.
The "Company" series seems flawed anyways, considering that there are still primitive tribes on Earth when technology and disease could have destroyed them. And the fact that whites are still the ruling class; no that is just completely unacceptable. In the future, and today, people of crap give nothing to society. None. They lower standards and destroy societies.
For someone who constantly rants on tropes and Mary-Sues, you don't seem to realize that Mary-Sues are the logical conclusion of feminism: they are strong, independent, powerful females that can do whatever they want. Modern "heroines" are not heroines at all, but feminist archetypes that believe they can do whatever they want. It is unrealistic given that women are weaker than men, are 5-6 IQ points lower than men, and are physically unable to perform the tasks that you label as "good". But whenever there are gender norms, oh fucking no, that's not right. It's "bad writing."
I've said this before: don't act like a Nobel Laureate when all you have is the typical liberal mantra.