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Can Second World Middle Ages Fantasy not be sexist or racist? - serscot
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Can Second World Middle Ages Fantasy not be sexist or racist?
I saw the thread on Westeros and thought I'd throw it up here too:

http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/08/26/enter-ye-myne-mystic-world-of-gayng-raype-what-the-r-stands-for-in-george-r-r-martin/

Not all of her criticisms are invalid however I have a different question. Is it possible for someone writing a second world fantasy set in some sort of middle ages local that doesn't fall into a trap for racial and gender skewering? How can such a work be writen without being accused of tokenism or some other type of placating gestures?

If it is true that it is next to impossible to write a work of fiction set in "the middle ages" that doesn't come in for such criticism how would those who are leveling such criticism suggest the sterotypes be avoided? Should such settings should simply be set aside as they will always play upon racial and gender sterotypes?

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the criticisms. I'm just wondering how such criticisms can be constructive if they do not seem to allow for a way beyond the criticisms.
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peadarog From: peadarog Date: August 31st, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some people would agree that it's impossible. In my opinion, it's their definition that makes it impossible.
serscot From: serscot Date: August 31st, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Peadar,

That's my point I suppose.
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