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- Giant sea monsters
- Aforementioned robots beating sea monsters to death
- Mako Mori
- Stacker Pentecost
- Mako. Mori.
- Stacker Pentecost.
So there are all these really nice posts going around about how we're all human and we're all in this together and it's not true? And, to me in a lot of ways its symptomatic to our culture's (Western culture, but mostly the USA) approach to what diversity looks like and how we should react to it and that we all bleed red to the exclusion of all else.
As a woman of color, as a Black and Arab woman I can tell you my life experience is different from a White American's, from a Latin@ American's, from a Nigerian American's. The way I approach life is informed by my cultures, the way people approach me is informed by the way I look and the way they think about my culture and upbringing (regardless of how wrong they often are). And to say that you can tell a story about me or someone like me, and make it a 'human story' where my suffering and culture and difference doesn't matter seems, to me, incredibly disingenuous and hurtful. It's erasing a lot of things that make me the person that I am today, a lot of the things that inform my strength and resilience, my ticks, the things I'm not willing to tolerate and the things I welcome with open arms. My culture certainly isn't the end all be all of me as a person! But it informs a lot of me.
Just like the cultures of the pacific inform the film Pacific Rim (hey, the Jaeger design that relies on two pilots is deeply rooted in the notion of community over the individual which actively works against the very American lone cowboy hero trope).
And ignoring that and acting like all things are vanilla human is missing a whole lot of really important layers in this person, and in a chunk of narratives (both in writing and consuming them).