The first question you need to ask yourself is, why do I want to do this? Understanding your motivation for tackling a subject helps to define what sort of story you wish to write. Personally, tackling taboo subjects is one of main motivators for writing. I like the idea of bringing them to the fore so people can talk about them.
Sometimes I get the feeling that people want to talk about a particular issue but they wait for others to raise it first. I have had long and deep discussions about depression, for example, and I have found them informative and rewarding. Writing a story on the subject is like giving people an ice breaker.
I’ll admit, putting these subjects out there in story form is scary. There are those who are not willing to discuss matters and would prefer them to remain hidden. For too long though, we have oppressed those who cannot and possibly will not speak loudly enough. I think it is about time we gave them a chance to be heard.
2 thoughts on “Tackling Taboo Subjects”
I completely agree with you in that raising a topic for discussion will promote further insight into it. I agree that doing so will give the oppressed a chance to speak up. But what happens after that? There are very few people out there who would actually stand up for the rights of the oppressed. In India, such discussions have been raised multiple times. Debates have been held, and yet, no change is visible.
You are quite right, giving someone the chance to talk is only the first, and indeed, very small step on a long road. Where do you go from there? Can society move in a way you want it to? Is society willing to do so? Do you take it into your own hands to give society a nudge in the direction you wish it to take? If so, what course of action will you take? Peaceful, political or other? All these questions and others need to be answered before change can truly be made. How I wish I could say, this is a course of action to take. However, any course always comes with consequences. As someone who has not been in such a position, I can hardly comment.
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