Who is a woman and who isn't? The current definition is a bit of a problem, considering it actually serves patriarchal and capitalistic ends.
Which characters are queer? What does it take for us to accept them as true representation? What counts as "queer enough"? Whenever we ask these questions, we're debating how queerness should be performed.
Think of medieval Europe. Did you imagine a bunch of white people tooling around in the dirt, nary a Black or brown person in sight? You've had the wool pulled over your eyes. People of color definitely existed in medieval Europe.
Ever wondered why we use the term "clean romance"? It looks innocent on the surface, but it's actually packing quite the patriarchal punch.
It's almost Valentine's Day, which means we'll see non-romance readers crawl out of the woodwork to tell us all about great romances. But what counts as romance? Even some of the "great love stories" we point to aren't ... actually ... all that romantic.
I've heard people say mpreg is transphobic, and my knee-jerk reaction is to defend it. But dig a little deeper, and we might see the ugly truth of that statement.
Main Squeeze deals with shapeshifting alien snakes who call themselves the naga. But what, exactly, is a naga? The concept has a long history, rooted in the sacred texts of many cultures.
Want to get more insight into how I wrote Main Squeeze? The official playlist will show you a bit more of my process!
While I was working on Main Squeeze, I had to do some research about snakes. I thought they were weird before. Here are some of the stranger things I learned.
Marty Yoon, the hero of Main Squeeze, is a Korean-American trans man. Clearly, I'm writing pretty far outside my lane here. So, why did I do it?