With social contractures comes a redefinition of what is ‘safe,’ and that hits creative people hard.
With an increase in diverse fiction, can we finally get some representations that are about something other than hardship?
The only way to fight an administration determined to eradicate difference is to aggressively celebrate it.
As advocacy for diverse books pushes for a fundamental change in the publishing landscape, some authors are creatively trying to turn it to their advantage with retroactive adjustments to their characters. It’s transparent, offensive, and insulting.
Smashing a bunch of disparate elements from multiple complex and ancient cultures together for diversity points is growing common, and that’s a huge problem. We need to reapproach how we talk about diversity.
The fact that books on ‘specialised’ subjects like sexuality, gender, race, and culture continue to be shoved off into corners of bookshops is a testimony to the state of conversations about diversity in the United States. Are we truly diverse if topics like queerness are considered strange and worthy of separation?
With the January announcements of the Oscar nominations, there was a glaring problem: The demographic makeup of the nominees. People called out race in particular, but disability and gender were also huge issues, along with pretty much all axes of the diverse human experience. The Academy, which includes mostly older white men, nominated people who […]
Of late, we have seen diversity explode onto the pop culture scene. While the concept of ‘diversity’ has always been a lurking buzzword, the establishment is finally starting to take it seriously in response to consumer pressure — and to be clear here, when I talk about ‘diversity,’ I mean representation across all minorities, not […]
Children tend to grow up in bubbles. Even in an age of ‘socially conscious’ parents, there’s a tendency for white, middle class children in particular to clump together with children of similar origins and class. Their parents drift towards people with similar ideals and beliefs, and it shows among their kids — because children’s lives […]
More and more, in business as well as event planning, ‘diversity’ is becoming a buzzword. Whether people are hiring for a company, assembling panels for a convention, or sending out invites to an industry event, they want to be ‘diverse,’ by which they seem to mean that people from a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, […]