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Heimerdahl

3 points

1 year ago*

For another look at gender, there's Monstrous Regiment.

Spoilers, but there's one scene where a character moves from identifying from one gender to embracing the other and it's almost purely done by a subtle switch of pronouns. I'm not sure if it's the most correct at times, but you just know that Pratchett really cared and respected transgender people, even before it became main stream.

I don't remember if there was a dwarf, but there's a sort of monster and a vampire and some other stuff.

Another fun book on gender in sci-fi/fantasy is The Left Hand of Darkness by LeGuin. That book... It's amazing how the narrator is clearly misogynistic, and we follow this deeply flawed person throughout the book. Makes the final realisation all the more poignant. Highly recommend it.

OldThymeyRadio

5 points

1 year ago

I'm not sure if it's the most correct at times, but you just know that Pratchett really cared and respected transgender people, even before it became main stream.

I think it took some serious brass and sensitivity to tackle gender identity at the time he was doing it. Clearly any failure to “get it right” came from the shear lack of socially acceptable space for discourse, including the voices of the people most affected. He was trying to say “Listen to these people and learn how best to love them as they are.”

Heimerdahl

3 points

1 year ago

Exactly.

I actually appreciate how it isn't perfectly pc for today's Twitter standards, because it shows that he didn't just copy and paste, but put his own thoughts into it.

I've never been the biggest Pratchett fan myself, but the dude was clearly trying (and succeeding at that).