Hi, Night Vale.It kind of terrifies me to be writing this, and I’m only even bothering to do so because I’ve thought so much of what you’ve done previously. Canon queer relationship! Racists are unequivocally said to be assholes!And that’s why I’m so disappointed right now.I was late listening to The Deft Bowman - life got in the way and I didn’t manage to get around to it until just now.And I was absolutely horrified by the plotline with Megan Wallaby in the episode.It was bad enough that you’ve continually described her previous body as a man’s hand, when it belongs to a young girl and therefore isn’t a man’s anything.But the depiction of her with her new, surgically gained body as monstrous and dangerous is absolutely inexcusable.You have made a character, however accidentally, who is basically a conglomeration of terrible stereotypes of trans women.She has a “man’s body”. She’s too big, too strong, she’s dangerous. She’s frightening, she doesn’t move right.Now, I’m not trans. Which is what makes me feel safe enough to speak out on this issue. (Though it is, I admit, an issue close to my heart - I have many trans loved ones who are very dear to me.) But the more I think about your treatment of her narrative, the sicker I feel. I’ve really admired the way you dealt with other issues, and I love your show - I don’t even normally listen to podcasts, so it’s a huge exception for me. I’ve written fic. I’ve bought merchandise. I run a fan blog.But in absence of some kind of apology or fix or SOMETHING about this absolutely horrifying subplot, I will no longer be willing to give you my money or my time.I am not willing to support things that hurt the people I love. And what you have written is harmful. You are perpetuating the harm that the world does to an already vulnerable population. And I am so, so disappointed.Thank you for your time,[Name]Mention: happierman
Thank you. I wanted to say something but I was scared.