the perks of being a white fangirl
I am latina.
I am queer.
And I also happen to be a huge fangirl.
Personally, I had found it hard to hold all those identities at once.
becuause, honestly.. it’s not very frequently that those lines intersect.
Today, I had been thinking of ideas for some fan fiction to type up, never finish and forget about.. when I realized that all the characters in the story swirling around in my head, where white.
Every single one.
And that I had never, in fact, written or thought of a fan fic where the characters weren’t all exclusively white.
whoa, what is up with that picture?
I mean, granted. Most of the main characters in the shows the stories are based on were white but why had I chosen to take that into consideration when writing a story that had no rules and came from my imagination?
It was something I had never really thought about or discussed aloud before. And when I had, with a friend regarding the lack of ethnicity of a certain character that everyone put so much power into, saying that she was basically a portrayal of the average fangirl,
the only rebuttal I could muster for our argument was, “I just wish she was brown.”
Not to mention, that I even though I loved the idea of cosplaying I would limit myself from doing it because I didn’t look like many of the characters I wanted to dress up as. And that’s a fucked up way to think.
So, alone with my thoughts, I contemplated all this and came to a conclusion.
Sometimes I feel alone in the fandoms I involve myself in because mostly everywhere I look it’s white superiority. White characters, white cosplay, white fan fiction, white fans.
And I just have to figure out what I need to do to make myself feel more visible and like I belong.
Step one is spreading the word about these awesome tumblrs below! Signal boosting the shit out of them and any more like them when I find them. And also maybe involving myself in fandoms of works that have maybe more PoC? Yeah. Suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Anyway, that’s all for now!