- Where are the stories about vampires and werewolves vying for a dark-skinned Black woman’s love and affection?
- Where are the stories about faeries whisking dark-skinned Black women away to a magical place far, far away?
- Where are the stories about dark-skinned Black women being wooed by gods and demigods?
- Where are the stories about dark-skinned Black women being loved and desired after by aliens, angels and demons?
I mean, I know why there is such a paucity of these stories (it begins with “miso-” and ends in “-noir”), but I’m interested in delving the ways that it manifests in how we conceptualize and talk about this type of story, or at least examining these types of stories from a Black feminist or womanist lens. I tried broaching it a few times (though with a heavier emphasis on the gothic heroine as protagonist) but the responses have been scant, almost as if people are afraid of looking deeper.
Valkyrie is a sensitive, multifaceted character who pushes past her pain in order to do the right thing and winds up starting to heal because of it. She’s a war veteran and a queer woman who lose EVERYTHING she loved and the unit she was a part of. You can’t ignore what her arc in the film – or what Hela did to her crew – means when you connect it to queer survival.
You can’t pretend that it exists untethered to centuries of queer and brown people hurting and healing.
If you, like the original poster, thinks that Valkyrie wasn’t good as a female character (“but hela was pretty great even if she has a bit of the same problem”), maybe you’re not in a position to understand that…
me seeing all these posts referring to black female characters as “tops” for these white male characters knowing that you associate “tops” with masculinity and aggression which is already something pushed onto black woman:
“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” – Malcom X from his speech: Who Taught You to Hate Yourself.
#Just bringing it to everyone’s notice #Just in case y’all missed it #All the black girls/women on the show are either dead #Presumed dead #Missing #Kidnapped #Abused #Being tortured #Being caged #Or in the case of Maureen #Have been made to fade into insignificance after Simon had sex with her #Whilst thinking she was Clary #So yeah #Think on that a moment will you (tags via OP)
The consistently negative treatment of Black female characters in fandom is related to the treatment of real live Black women. It may not lead to sexual assault or deaths of real live Black women, but it does lead to folks uncritically creating or sharing content where these “uppity” Black female characters are “put in their place” by or for white characters.
Another snippet from my piece on fandom misogynoir that focuses on the way Black female characters are described with negative adjectives that tie into fandom’s major misogynoir problem.
I’m taking some time off from this piece after I wrote another 1000 words but I wanted to give y’all another peek at it before I moved on for a few weeks.
Few things inspire more misogynoir than a Black female character that fandom thinks “gets in the way” of a ship involving two white characters.
I’ve spent much of the day working on a piece for my “What Fandom Racism Looks Like” series focusing on misogynoir in fandom. It’s maybe halfway completed at 1300+ words, but I’m taking a break to work on my Children of Blood and Bone review.
For your previewing pleasure, I’m giving y’all an early look at part of the third section of the piece entitled “Black Women in the Way” which looks at what fandom does to Black female characters that they feel are in the way of their white fandom faves getting together.
Iris’s wedding should have been ABOUT IRIS.
It should’ve been about her making this commitment with the man that she loves and solidifying something that they’d been planning for all season and that will impact them for years to come. It should’ve been a moment for Black women in the fandom to celebrate because Iris has been one of the best forms of representation for Black female nerds since she came on the scene.
But it wasn’t.
It was about Olicity.
And it became about how Olicity fans think everyone but them are entitled assholes.