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.
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?
Ellen Page is being hailed for her travel series Gaycation, which purports to show a window into gay lives around the world. Really, though, it’s just another example of colonial attitudes.
The social evolution of our relationship with gender has admitted the understanding that it’s a spectrum, but it’s also something that can appear in a state of flux, and that’s something that should be validated as well.
If I haven’t encouraged you to watch Her Story yet, I apologise, and I encourage you to go watch it — it’s a short webseries, and it’s well worth your time. The show is written, directed, produced, and acted by trans women, including women of colour, and it shows in the serious, thoughtful, and authentic depiction of […]
Take a look at the above image, depicting a dark-skinned person with hair in tiny twists, peering thoughtfully through a barbed wire fence. What does that image conjure up for you? If you scroll down to the image credit, you can cheat and read the context, but let’s engage in an exercise instead: Is this […]
I’m still fuming over a nameless book I read earlier this year which I’ll leave unidentified so as not to pick at it entirely unfairly, although you may recognise it by its description. It is, shall we say, a story about a relationship between a heterosexual couple. One part of the story is told from […]
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 […]
I was raised by a single father in a household with a shoestring budget — and sometimes the shoestring was perilously close to snapping altogether. He was a bartender and later an English professor, picking up an adjunct position at the junior college that paid not much better than his job at the bar, though […]
I had a fascinating conversation with someone the other day about disabled gamers. Many disabled people play games of all sorts and there’s a very lively disability community in the world of video games in particular, for a variety of reasons: They’re fun; they can create community; they offer a chance to do things in […]