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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-03

"As a result of rules intended to protect the privileged from ideas they found distasteful, creators who wanted to present nuanced portrayals of marginalized people were blocked and stymied, so most appearances of marginalized characters were caricatures. These stereotypes protected viewers from having to consider the complex humanity of groups outside themselves, which allowed the audience to feel safe and reinforced in their beliefs. Many tropes -- including the buffoonish black person, the desexualized Asian man, the oversexualized young woman of color, the strident bitchy single woman, the campy gay man, and the doomed lesbian -- stem from this protective oversimplification. The stereotypes function to reassure the privileged that they are inherently superior and have no need to respect characters who don't look or act or believe like them." -- Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, "Easily-Triggered Privileged People Have Turned Society Into Their Own Giant Safe Space", 2017-01-30

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