I agree with the first part, but the 2nd part is what I fundamentally disagree with(This rant is NOT mainly aimed towards you btw, Nathaniel).
I disagree that “we” should strive for more gender choice in what others write, or anything else for that matter. What these(mostly) very talented people with such a vast imagination that they are able to put in to words, and ultimately make in to a choice game, a work of fiction, whether good or bad, is not up to anyone else to dictate, or frankly even have an opinion on how they should or shouldn’t do it(unless they specifically ask). You can criticize what you don’t like all you want, you can disagree with anything you want, you can choose to not read/buy what is offered, you can have all the opinions you want ABOUT their fictional work.
But what you can’t do is tell them how they should or shouldn’t do it for X, Y or Z reason. Creative freedom isn’t a joke, and people trying to influence that by claiming WHATEVER reason for it, have no right to do so.
And some people may laugh or scoff at this. And I know there aren’t any rules here about this specifically, but ultimately what creates change isn’t rules, it’s social and cultural pressure, for better or worse.
Again this is not targeted towards anyone in particular, but just generally people who intend to influence what people should and shouldn’t do with their own fictional work. In short people who don’t seem to understand the fundamental idea of creative freedom. That is IT.
It is absolutely NOT my intention to shut anyone down or try to stop any discussion. I just think maybe people should be more careful about eroding(intentional or not) the absolute freedom that these talented fiction writers have, and rightly so.
Rants aren’t always fun but I feel like this needed to be said, whether you think it’s entirely relevant to this particular “discussion”, or not.