Sometimes a big shift in representation can happen with a relatively small project, like increasing diversity in stock photography.
A sensitivity reader can be an incredibly valuable voice when you’re developing a book, but only if you’re willing to listen.
Stranger Things’ Eleven inhabits a very familiar female character archetype: The fragile, mysterious, deadly girl who’s dependent on the people around her for survival.
Nondisabled actors play 95 percent of television’s disabled characters. This is what we talk about when we talk about representation.
When the New York Times ran a lengthy feature on growth attenuation that included interviews with everyone but disabled people, it was a reminder that disabled voices are considered least important in discussions about bioethics, disability, and culture.
Actor Eddie Redmayne, though surely a perfectly nice person, is currently making me want to start hurling things at him with irritation. With not one but two roles in which he played dressup with marginalised identities in 2014 and 2015, he’s most decidedly on my shitlist. As a high-profile actor, he really does get to pick or […]
I’ve been holding off on reviewing Maria Dahvana Headley’s Magonia primarily because I’ve been having difficulty deciding how I feel about it. That’s not necessarily an indicator that you should be put off, but I put that out there just as a statement — this book is kind of complicated, and it doesn’t necessarily digest well. Your mileage […]
My post on unproblematic media sparked a really interesting and detailed conversation that was rather fun to engage in. In the many responses to the piece, we developed a common theme as we started teasing out the elements. Many works contain troubling, oppressive, and sometimes actively awful elements. Indeed, one would argue that all works […]
In pop culture, few things irk me more than poorly researched representation. Whether we’re talking about depictions of places from people who have clearly never been there and didn’t even pick up a map, or obviously troped and inaccurate depictions of other people’s lives, the first thing that comes to mind is: Did you even TRY […]
Joss Whedon temporarily set the internet aflutter yet again this year with commentary on sexism in Hollywood, as though he’s the ultimate authority on such subjects. First he called the industry “intractibly sexist” and then he took back his words in another interview, claiming that the industry had improved since the original commentary. Fair enough […]