Disrupting Publishing: 12/8/2015

It’s that time again: that time every week where I round up links to articles written by marginalized people pushing back against oppression in publishing. I’m aggregated as many marginalized voices as possible from as many vectors as possible, and the more intersectional the better. As always if you’ve read something I missed please link it in the comments.

“‘Where are the brown people?’: authors slam lack of diversity in UK publishing” by Alison Flood for The Guardian

“In publishing circles, I’m often the only person of colour in a room and I’m made to feel very aware of that. If we are to tackle this problem, people like me need to feel welcome,” Shukla said. “Everyone keeps saying ‘I am not prejudiced, or racist’, but they won’t say it is my responsibility as well to try and do better.”


“Dear Philip Nel: Some Questions about WAS THE CAT IN THE HAT BLACK: THE HIDDEN RACISM OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND WHY WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS” by Deb Reese at American Indians in Children’s Literature

You know We Need Diverse Books is trademarked, right? And you know that the organization itself is a grass roots effort comprised largely of people of color who object to the ways that structural racism consistently rewards white, and specifically white males, for the work they do–over the work of people of marginalized communities, right? Are you in conversation with anyone at WNDB about your book, and/or have you had conversations with anyone there about using that phrase in the title of your book?

I hope so, because if not, you might be rendering them invisible and thereby contributing to “invisibility as a form of racism.”


The Twinjas are hosting their 3rd annual Diversity month on their blog right now! Interviews with diverse creators/authors are going up every couple of days, and it’s a goldmine of thoughts and reflections on the state of writing and publishing and intersectionality, so I cannot recommend checking it out highly enough!


“Fandom and the Intersection of Feminism and Race” at Full-Color Fantasy

So if you instinctively ask why a Black woman can’t just be strong or get upset if she is “reduced to a love interest,” allowed the kind of romantic storyline you take for granted and spit on, the answer is: Your brand of feminism doesn’t apply here.

And, you know, that doesn’t negate that brand of feminism. Intersectionality (of all kinds) asks you to look at feminism as something that is complex, not a set of one-size-fits-all rules.