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Invisibility dominates my experience of oppression. I am a genderqueer who is usually assumed to be a cisgender woman. I am a queer person who doesn’t look “queer.” My pagan, polyamorous, pansexual, and graysexual identities aren’t immediately apparent either. And I live with high anxiety, unstable blood sugar, and a chronic back condition, all of […]

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I write and enjoy romances, but there are a lot of toxic, sexist patterns deeply ingrained in the genre (in addition to a lot of heterosexism). Here I present five tropes common in mainstream romances that I find particularly frustrating: Boundary-crossing behaviors are romantic if a man is deeply in love Subtext: True love results […]

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Entitled people often blame oppressed people for their personal frustrations. Entitlement teaches privileged people that oppressed people have a responsibility to meet their needs. For example, Mr. Sexist “Nice” Guy might blame women for his inability to get a date (rather than examining his own self-centered and sexist behavior, which is the actual cause). Instead […]

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For a long time I’ve had a problem with characterization. My main characters are rich and complex, but many of my minor characters have been flat and lacking in the texture, quirks, contradiction, and struggles that make a character come to life. Worse yet, many of them were coming out the same. There were several […]

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