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?
Calls for diversity often reinforce the belief that depictions shouldn’t center around marginalisation, but instead show characters aren’t defined by their identities. That doesn’t mean their identities should be ignored.
The push for diverse literature is making more people want to plunge into diverse writing. It’s also making a lot of people afraid of doing it wrong.
The only way to fight an administration determined to eradicate difference is to aggressively celebrate it.
A sensitivity reader can be an incredibly valuable voice when you’re developing a book, but only if you’re willing to listen.
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 […]