The fixation on personal stories happens at the expense of real conversations about policy and culture.
What are you saying when you cite a person or organisation? Are you endorsing poor practices by lending your weight to bad entities?
Sometimes a big shift in representation can happen with a relatively small project, like increasing diversity in stock photography.
Voicing loathing for the media has become a popular collective activity, but it ignores the tremendous work journalists do for you every day, often where you can’t even see it.
Journalistic impartiality is a myth and we all know it — so stop acting surprised when the bubble gets popped.
People demanding to know where the underrepresented people in media are should get familiar with the labyrinthine process of hiring and promotions in the world of media.
So you’ve discovered that trans people exist! Congratulations, you. Did you know that we’re about so much more than our transition narratives?
Not all that long ago, if you wanted to read a magazine or a newspaper, you had to subscribe to it or pay a one-time fee for an issue — the New York Times looks particularly interesting so you grab a copy, you enjoy reading The New Yorker, so you get a subscription. Or you hit up the library, […]
Trans visibility is on the rise, which means that, hooray, there’s more media coverage of gender, including discussions that really take gender beyond binaristic views, that explore different gender identities and the spectrum of gender expression, and more. This is all very exciting, but it comes with a really important pitfall: The more stories produced, […]
Someone asked me the other day about my least favourite disability trope, and honestly, it’s really hard to just pick one. There are so many, and I hate them all for so many reasons, but there’s one in particular that’s really been irking me lately: The erasure of disabled dancers (as well as disabled athletes […]