Warning: Rant ahead.
I am speaking mostly about the fantasy genre in the present rant, but I’m sure this strange mentality extends.
SO I’ve seen a lot of male writers in various forums and such complaining that the feminist writers are putting too many female characters into their work. These men argue that having an entire adventuring party full of females with only one male character present ‘doesn’t make sense’ and that the feminists are ‘trying too hard to make everything female’.
Let that sink in for a moment, as you check your mental catalogue for all the fantasy novels/films/games you have consumed which feature an adventuring party of mostly men with a token female.
Now of course I’ve encountered this ‘men’s rights’ attitude before, but I just. Don’t. Get it.
What are they so afraid of? It’s not like my fantasy novel with a large cast of females is going to take away all the books that have been, are currently being, and will be written, which contain the typical ‘all male plus one buxom lady’ cast of characters - there are even a myriad of books that do not even deign to cast just ONE main-ish female character. Those will still exist. The Fellowship of the Ring will still be a testosterone fest - we’re not going to confiscate every copy of LotR and castrate the Fellowship. I could go on and list more examples, but I’m sure we’ve all got places to be.
Also, it’s like they can’t bear to read about a female protagonist because they themselves are not female. They ‘can’t relate, that’s all’. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE I READ AND LOVED DESPITE THE MAIN CHARACTER BEING MALE?
This is the mentality I do not understand. The way I see it, men have a big plate with a huge pile of cookies, and women have only one cookie, but they treat as though females rising to meet males in equality means we’re going to steal all of the cookies from their plate and pile them onto ours. Or even as though if we were given a plate of cookies which was exactly the same as theirs, that would somehow spoil their cookies.
Like? I don’t? Understand?