Inclusivity: An intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who are handicapped or learning-disabled, or racial and sexual minorities.
When I say “I am against inclusitivity,” what I mean is this: I am against the notion that all stories must be inclusive.
What do I mean by that?
I mean this:
I’ve been asked “Why not include a ___ character in your story?”
That’s a good question: Why shouldn’t I have ___ characters, ___ characters, or ___ characters in my story?
My answer is: Because a story with ___ characters is not the kind of story I want to tell.
When it comes to the stories I write, the quality of the story is my #1 priority: I will not sacrifice my vision on the altar of political correctness.
A thought experiment:
Imagine that you are in a horrific accident and are rushed to the Emergency Room in order to undergo life-saving surgery.
Before you are put under anesthesia, your lawyer informs you that you have the right to choose the doctor who does the surgery.
Your choices are:
- A notorious sexist who has never lost a patient in the 20 years they have been on the job.
- A newly-certified doctor with a non-shady past who was hired by the hospital earlier that week.
One of these doctors has a better chance of keeping you alive than the other.
So, which one would you choose?
I imagine you would choose doctor #1.
Because: As your blood soaks into your clothes, what matters to you at that moment is not dying.
I see my stories in a similar way.
When I write, I don’t go out of my way to offend people. Offending people is something I never want to do.
But: It’s inevitable that I’ll offend someone.
And when that happens, I have to weigh that person’s criticism with my intent as a writer and ask myself Should I change my story?
And the answer (I hope) would be “No.”
I don’t write a story in order to conform to the current notions of what is proper and respectful.
I write a story to, like an X-ray, expose the broken bones of this imperfect world.
To me, stories are an X-ray: A means of exposing what needs to be exposed, so that a cure may be found.