It’s a fact that ableism, homophobia, and racism influence countless aspects of people’s everyday lives. Micro-aggressions, stereotypes, internalized prejudice, flagrant bigotry, institutionalised discrimination… There are also other matters to consider: accessibility, hair or skin care, limited dating pools, communities, culture, etc.
When none of these elements are acknowledged in realistic fiction, I notice. When the absence of those elements is praised, I notice especially.
And I wonder — perhaps uncharitably — are diverse characters only OK as long as they’re not too diverse?
by YA author Corinne Duyvis on “incidental diversity” in books and the decline of the issues book. Lots worth thinking about.