As many of you know, Dear d0t was an extremely popular feature back when we had TFN up and running. We hated to lose D0t and her amazing advice, and we’re thrilled that she’s agreed to come on and dole out her sage advice once again. As d0t is of the disagreeable sort, Dear d0t will be posted when the spirit moves her, as in when she has a less than negative number of fucks to give.
So I’m not prejudiced, but homosexuality is just not my thing. My characters are totes het and yeah, they might use some rude words when describing the gays, but that’s who they are as people. That’s just their character. I don’t know why reviewers are jumping all over my story.
Straight love just as friends,
Oh, honey. Bless your heart.
And if you don’t speak Southern, I can tell you I learned in my years married to a Southerner that bless your heart roughly translates to the Internet-speak phrase “Die in a fire.”
Here’s the thing. You can have whatever beliefs you want to. You can vote however you want to. You can believe in whatever religious doctrine you want to. And you can write about all these things all day long.
What you cannot do is dictate how people are going to react to you. And if you have characters who are racist or classist or sexist or cisist (go look it up, dear, I’ll wait) and that’s treated as A-okay in your story/novella/novel/fanfic, then you better be wearing a nice seersucker sundress so you can stand the heat.
Once you put yourself out there, you have to expect that — unless you are only sending your words to friends and family you know share your ideology, people are going to disagree with you. And if the language/characters/tone has an -ist at the end, people are going to be upset. Either suck it up, buttercup, or think about how you can write these characters to appeal to a broad range of people. They don’t have to be likable. They do have to have potential repercussions applied to their actions.