>>94945788>So I make soft-as-mush light stories with nothing to sink your teeth into that blandly affirm the reader's identity
This is a problem I have with a lot of "progressive" comic stories. You can do a progressive story well, just look at all the classic X-Men shit.
The problem now is that it's all poorly written and has absolutely zero stakes. Like, I enjoyed IDW's Jem and the Holograms series. It more or less stays true to the spirit of the cartoon and has some cool art and goofy stuff in it.
But then they amend one character to be MtF trans, which is FINE, but the reveal is so toothless. There's all this build-up about how nervous she is to reveal her secret to the villains she's working with, and their reaction is basically "WHAT? NO, OF COURSE WE LOVE AND ACCEPT YOU!" when it would have been WAY more interesting (not to mention, likely more accurate to life) to have at least some of them react negatively. And then you could have them grow as characters and see the error of their ways.
There's no conflict, it's all about instant gratification and self-affirmation. These people can't handle literally any affront to their very specific worldview so it's altogether just easier to have everyone sing kumbaya and work together to stop the big bag boogeyman (who usually takes the form of a socially-conservative white man).
There's no nuance to it and that's why no one takes this Tumblr shit seriously. People write it off as "just a phase" because that's exactly what it looks like from the outside; a bunch of angsty children acting out for attention.