check box fiction
n. Fiction that includes certain story elements, particularly those related to the characters' race, gender, or sexual orientation, in a token way.
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"Check box" fiction really undermines the quality of my reading experience. What is "check box" fiction? It is a story that includes elements indicating diversity in the cast of characters that has zero impact on the the story.
—“That Good Story,” Liberty At All Costs, May 19, 2016
The Hugos became a front in the culture war. Brad Torgersen's posts at the very beginning about "victim class check box fiction" destroyed any rapport with people who weren't already in his camp.
—Ken Burnside, “Hugo Awards 2015,” Google Plus, August 27, 2015
2014 (earliest)
Even funnier — given that authors on the left (Such as LeGuin, and even Jim Hines) agree that "checkbox fiction" is bad, Larry isn't exactly treading the hinterlands of authority advice.
—dgarsys, “Ending Binary Gender in Fiction, or How to Murder Your Writing Career” (comment), Monster Hunter Nation, January 28, 2014