Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

Vive La Revolution!

It starts as a spark, an idea, that something more can be done about an issue of concern. The issue on my mind is diversity in the arts.

What got me thinking about this is a blog post I stumbled across discussing how some publishers are hiring sensitivity readers.

Now, I've read and endured classical reads, such as Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, for school. Personally, I recognized that Twain wrote for what was his time period whether I liked certain word choices or not. I also read my fair share of sword and sorcery or saga/epic tales where nearly every "human" is white. Like seriously, I love Lord of the Rings and still realize that's just how it was.

It isn't how it has to be.

There are things being done, awareness being made. Stories where the MC is a member of the diverse universe - like they are a person of color and NOT in a gang or selling dope, or is a female and it ISN'T a romance, or they're challenged by a physical or mental impairment, or they're GLBTQ - are slowly fitting into the shelves.

Not filling them.

But there is progress.

There won't be any overnight change in publishing. Just as there won't be one for Hollywood.

But there is progress.

So I'm curious. I would love for you to share your thoughts. What do you think about publishers hiring sensitivity readers?

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So they are hiring readers to make sure there is diversity?
We live in a world that is very diverse and books, movies, and everything else should reflect that.

Caitlin Lane said...

If the sensitivity readers are there to help ensure that publishers are putting out books more representative of the population (which is incredibly diverse), I think that's great.

Maria Zannini said...

I dunno. It seems to force authors to write something that's not in their nature. I don't want to see them conform just to be politically correct.

On the other hand if it makes them more realistic writers I think it has validity. There's a balance in there, but being human we always swing too far one way or the other.

Angela Brown said...

We are in agreement.

Angela Brown said...

It will be interesting to see how this goes.

Angela Brown said...

Re: balance

Maria, you are so right.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't want to be forced to write something I don't know enough about. Readers would be sure to spot that.

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

Amen, sista.
Puh-ray-zuh Gawwd!
God bless your indelible soul.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's likely a good idea to have those sensitivity readers. I think it will get better and better, but it's sad that the arts which are supposedly so open-minded are changing so slowly and are doing so only because the audience has demanded it.

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