Selection process time

I’m so sorry we were suppose to do this at the start of the month, unfortunately I got really busy and I crashed my bike two weeks ago, so I just haven’t gotten to it. 

Okay, so the selection process will work similar to tinder. 

1) You must send to us your preference(s) for mentor/protege. 

2) After a week we will then go through them and allocate a mentor/protege for you based upon responses. If you want somebody in particular to mentor you inform us.

  • If you want somebody of a particular gender
  • If you want somebody of a particular age range
  • If you want somebody with experience with gender dysphoria 
  • If you want somebody with experience of a particular sexuality
  • If you want somebody in a particular career/ life choices
  • Somebody you can speak a particular language
  • Somebody with experience in something we have not yet given

3) We will start allocating 9th June, that gives you ten days to send in your preferences. If you have not we will go through the submissions and select based off those. We will inbox you the url of your mentor/protege. 

 4) If you are unhappy:

  • Please if you are a mentor suggest a better fit to your protege or ask for another protege and we will (re)allocate another protege and take on your protege.
  • Please if you are a protege and are uncomfortable inform us and we will allocate you to another mentor immediately.
  • Please if you are a mentor and protege with issues we will have some work around to do be patient

5) We hope to get into contact and work with the Swen Pen Pal program. More details on this later.  

6) If you have any questions send in a message to swentorship, revengedoctor or ikeamonkeyawesome 

7) If you are yet to post a submission its not to late to do so. 

First, and frankly, I find the position “because we don’t have X readers in my library, we don’t need X books” to be racist. This position implies that we as selectors view diverse books as inherently less-than. If we argue that only black youth will want to read about black youth, we are really saying that the experiences of black youth have no relevance or meaning to youth of any other race. We are saying that the experiences of the youth in the books we do buy have broader relevance and resonance. That is the very definition of otherizing and making a particular perspective, experience, or group less-than.

The position that “because we don’t have X readers in my library, we don’t need X books” also denotes a fundamental lack of respect for the children we are supposed to be serving. It suggests that we think our young readers cannot handle, relate to, or be expected to understand an experience that does not mirror their own. Not collecting—and collecting but not promoting—titles with diverse protagonists projects the selector’s own bias onto the reader instead of letting readers freely encounter stories and information.

Why Selection Is Terrifying (When It Isn't Natural)

So yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I was thinking about how I have good survival genes, because my ancestors have repeatedly survived hell (I’m Jewish). And I realized something. War is a kind of unnatural Selection. Survival of the fittest, in a way. In war you have three kinds of people who survive:

1. The people who are best at surviving 

2. The people who are best at hiding

But most of all you have

3. The people who are best at killing.

That scares me a lot. Because those are the people who are going to reproduce and spread their genes. 

So it’s not survival of the fittest. It’s survival of the cruelest.