Beyond Binary: Checklist for Writers to Ensure Respect and Honor for Gender Fluidity

Companion piece to Beyond Binary: Introducing Gender Fluidity in Fantasy Worlds

Kat Sanders

3/7/20241 min read

  • Character Development: Ensure gender fluid characters are well-rounded, with their own goals, fears, strengths, and weaknesses. Gender fluidity should be one aspect of their identity, not their entire storyline.

  • Research and Representation: Engage in thorough research or seek out sensitivity readers to ensure accurate and respectful representation of gender fluidity.

  • Language and Pronouns: Use inclusive language and consider the pronoun preferences of gender fluid characters, making adjustments in the narrative as needed.

  • Avoid Stereotypes: Steer clear of clichés and stereotypes related to gender fluidity. Each character should be unique, with their own individual experiences and expressions of gender.

  • Cultural Sensitivity: Reflect on how gender fluidity fits within the cultural and social norms of your fantasy world. Ensure there's a place for gender fluid characters to exist naturally and respectfully within the world's context.

  • Impactful Storytelling: Consider how the inclusion of gender fluid characters can positively affect the narrative and provide new perspectives and challenges within the plot.

  • Feedback and Growth: Be open to feedback from readers and other writers, especially those with personal experiences relating to gender fluidity, and be willing to make changes based on constructive criticism.

By incorporating these elements and considerations, writers can craft fantasy worlds that honor and celebrate gender fluidity, offering readers a richer and more inclusive experience.