How do other people feel when an author makes a statement about their setting like this? As in, “Racism, misogyny, homophobia/transphobia, ableism, etc. is a thing of the past.”
It’s such a bold statement to make, IMO. I appreciate the intent (escapism through gaming works better when someone doesn’t have to be reminded of the crap they deal with IRL), but it’s not a promise that’s easy to deliver on. Because of our own environments, we all have unconscious biases, and they almost always show in our writing. Not to mention that writing a setting likes this requires a good understanding of all these things, which are extremely complex and woven tightly into our society and the world around us.
Whenever I see a claim like this in writing, it’s never fully backed by the setting. I’ve seen stories say that misogyny isn’t a thing anymore, then later have a female character talking about the expectations and assumptions put on her by everyone because she’s pretty.
A lot of the time I feel like stories would work better if authors just let us make our own assumptions about the setting in that regard. I suppose that’s the middle ground here.
And I wonder if anyone would prefer if stories actually included realistic depictions of oppressions (in order to better relate to characters or feel their struggle is recognized, perhaps).