Reminder to the Night Vale fandom (and any fandom, really), to be very mindful of AUs/headcanons regarding mental illness, specifically asylum AUs and “it was all in their head” type deals. Reducing mental illness to a plot device is very ableist and disrespectful and these kinds of AUs can perpetuate false stereotypes against people with certain kinds of mental illness, as well as how the mental heath system works. Also, doctor/patient shipping, if included, is a huge ethical breach and implies an unhealthy balance of power. This post goes into more detail, specifically regarding the “imagined Night Vale” scenario. Here’s a small blurb about asylum AUs.
That’s not to say that you should avoid the topic entirely. Here’s a list of AUs that can feature disabled characters in super awesome, non-asylum environments. Also, check out Diversity Cross-Check if you want to write disabled characters. You can reach out to different people with the disability you’re trying to portray and get a better feel for how to approach things properly.
(Also, keep in mind that, as I am not disabled, I have a limited knowledge on this subject, so if there’s something I neglected to mention or need to do better about, let me know!)
I’m about to cry. My 60 year old mother watched a netflix documentary and only just now found out she’s asexual. I’ve been trying to figure out how to bring up this idea to her for years. I am so glad to hear her, she’s so happy and saying “there really is nothing wrong with me!” I didn’t realize it wore on her like that. God bless the internet.
Taking a wild guess that the documentary in question is “(A)sexual”. It’s rather amazing if any of you care.
For my author and editor friends…
Oh, god, we really need more illustrations of bad quotes.
Sex is a lot like science class, you experiment, wear lab coats, Bill Nye is there.
i don’t think i’ve ever seen a picture that raises so many questions before in my life
remember like 2 years ago when christmas stopped feeling like christmas for some reason
Try not to blow it.
© Liz Climo
Charlotte’s Web of Contempt.
happy first birthday, marlow. i love you more than i can count on all of my fingers and toes (and yours, too)