Socially conscious stories

By: Anime Feminist November 27, 20176 Comments
A midshot of a young boy wearing a hat and raising a bent baseball bat over his head. he's grinning, but his eyes are shadowed

All media shapes our sense of the world and how we understand and empathize with each other, but some creators are more conscious in their attempts to address serious issues: ones where the main themes are about inequality in media or society, or are dedicated to focusing on lives and identities not found in most popular media. And because they aim so high, they can wind up being very hit or miss.

  • Which series do you think have attempted to challenge sexism/racism/homophobia/classism/etc and succeeded? Which have failed?
  • Are there some topics that seem to be more successfully tackled than others?
  • Do you prefer real world or fantastical/allegorical settings for these types of series?
  • Do you prefer that an author try to address social issues/representation and fumble, or not attempt it at all?

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