I personally have issues with the diversity standards in that I think that people fall into the trap of thinking that just adding in a few minority characters is enough to make your story more diverse. I think that diversity standards can do more harm than good when approached without education, so I was thinking of starting a thread so that we can help people tackle diversity in a sensitive way. Diversity standards on their own don’t work, in my opinion. We need to keep improving!
I would love to hear your thoughts on diversity standards, stereotypes and recurring tropes, and whether or not these have affected the way you read a story or if you like it! Personally, I was absolutely delighted to see the Black History Month section on Episode, but there’s a lot more progress to be made! Diversity, in my mind, isn’t something that we can ever stop improving on!
I would love to hear from absolutely everyone about this! It would be great to hear people from all sides of the debate. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind! Let’s make this a safe place to talk about diversity and how it affects your experience on Episode.
Personally, I have the following problems with diversity standards:
- If we don’t also educate people on how to do them properly, we could actually do more harm than good. People could feel like they’re filling a quota rather than representing real people in their stories.
- Avoiding stories in which the fact that the MC is part of a minority group defines their character is actually kinda difficult. I mean, it’s great to see stories with a gay or lesbian lead, but I think we can also grow as a community and become more aware of the fact that their sexuality, ethnicity, gender, nationality or anything else doesn’t have to define who they are.
- At the moment, I think that clothing is very gender normative. I would love to see more diversity in clothing choices. We shouldn’t feel like girls have to dress one way and boys another! I would love to see more options for clothing which are for men and women
- I think it would be a super idea to have more religious diversity in the stories. We often forget that there are more religions in the world than the three Abrahamic ones.
Can you think of anything you’d like to add? I would love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions, and I hope that we can all respect what others say.
If you want to know a little more about my opinions as a bisexual, mixed race girl, please feel free to have a look at my blog post.