I’ve been wanting to make this topic since I joined the forum, so I hope other people will find it a decent idea as well and I’m not just awkwardly talking to myself and some crickets haha.
Basically, I think we’ve got a pretty diverse crowd on this forum. But I’ve also noticed that a number of people feel really underrepresented, while a number of authors outright admit to not including certain groups of people for fear of getting them wrong and doing more harm than good. While there’s plenty of information about almost every topic online, it can be hard to discern the validity of certain resources, since anyone can put something out there and claim an expertise they don’t really posses. And if you yourself don’t know what’s right or wrong either, you have no way to tell whether the information you found is accurate or not.
So I was thinking, wouldn’t it be really helpful if we could share our knowledge about ourselves with each other directly in one convenient spot? For example, by writing a post in this topic along the lines of:
Topic: Here’s what I would love to see about this topic in stories and here’s how it could potentially be realized.
Or: Here’s what I often see about this topic and here’s the explanation for why it bothers me and here’s how it can be done better.
Or sharing links to resources that you, as an actual member of that group have found to be accurate. I also think it would be awesome to compile a list of topics with a list of usernames behind it of people who are knowledgeable about that particular topic and are willing to assist those who approach them with questions.
Topics could be about:
Sex: male, female, intersex
Gender: (trans)male, (trans)female, non-binary
Country and culture
Job or education
Or really, anything you are able and willing to share your insight on, these are just some examples.
I really hope people are willing to participate as I really think this could be a useful way for authors to feel more comfortable writing outside their comfort zone, and hopefully get underrepresented people a bigger chance at getting represented, and getting represented well to boot.
I’d be happy to keep this initial post updated and categorized (assuming it takes off) but if someone wants to turn it into a post that anyone can edit, feel free! Also feel free to edit the topic title or the content if you feel it’s necessary!
I hope this is in the right category, apologies if it isn’t.