My last post seemed to confuse people, so I’m going to try this in a little more straight forward way without as much parable to distract or confuse.
The point of that now deleted post was that I often wonder if we as authors let the extreme elements of society have too much influence over our voices as authors. The topic was inspired by a discussion with ComixFana over future plans for our respective stories. That’s all that was going on there, LOL.
I see stories like the Star Wars prequels that were so heavily laden with political commentary, or about a half a dozen TV shows I could name that try to force certain social beliefs down our throats… I wonder if that’s robbing the voice of authors that do want to write characters with more moderate views… That they worry they have to tailor their characters to certain expectations or their writing won’t be accepted. I know that’s certainly the case on Twitter.
My failed point to the original post was that if you want your character to have more mainstream beliefs, you should go for it. It’s OK to have a feminist that’s married with kids. It’s how she defines herself, not a piece of paper that makes her a feminist. If you want to keep her single and independent, or in something like a live in arrangement or common law marriage, that’s cool too. Just have your own reasons for your character’s actions and personality. Don’t let others take your voice.