Re: Rissa

Date: 2017-04-20 06:59 pm (UTC)
justira: A purple, gender-ambiguous unicorn pony in the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (lady business)
From: [personal profile] justira
Thanks, Jenny!

Rissa, I agree with the way Jenny framed it here. I focused on racism because it is a thing both protagonists had in common, but it plays waaaaay more of a role in White Tears than it does in Borderline. Millie's book is not about her being racist in the same way that White Tears is about Seth being racist — appreciably more racist than Millie! Both books made me uncomfortable largely because they made me more self-aware about my own racism and my own ableism, and that's what I focused on here.

In Borderline the text explicitly says "here is a BPD thing/pattern!" a lot, because Millie is herself self-aware and you can buy that she notices/knows this stuff about herself. The racism and the BPD are definitely not connected. She's actually a bit self-aware about the racism itself, because she'll have a suspect thought about a POC character and frequently often follow that up with the thought, "Was that racist?" Yes, Millie, it was. (Yes, vast majority of white liberal readers, it was.)

Anyway, I think Jenny hit the nail on the head here!

Finally, just to follow up on the signing your name thing: putting it in the subject is fine (anything that consistently identifies you on our site is fine). A lot of people sign at the end, like I will in a second, if that works for you. Thanks for following the comment policy!

-Ira
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