Diversity in YA: Should We Comment If We’re Not Diverse? Ft. Opinions.

Here I am, talking about whether I should be talking about diversity or not. 

mY NerVEs ARe tHe oPpOSiTe oF cOLleCted rIGht NOw. 

They’re scattered across the universe.

Diversity is like,, the toughest thing for me to talk about because I feel that since I am not a PoC, or from minorities, or part of the LGBTQ+ community, my opinion doesn’t matter. BUT. I do have things like anxiety, and I have, and still do, suffer from things like depression, and I’m not “skinny“, which I don’t really talk about on my blog.

But, I still feel that my opinions don’t matter as much because I feel like my opinions aren’t as important as other people’s (who are PoC, LGBTQ+, etc), even though if someone else were to have the same things as me, I would yell at them that, yes, you need to be represented too!!”

So yes. When talking about diversity I find it really hard to talk about and I’m so scared of offending people, or seeming like I can’t talk about it since I’m not in minorities etc. But today I am braving this discussion.

And guys I am so scared. This is more nerve-wracking than my post about why I’d unfollow a blog, or even sharing my poetry for the first time.

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Let’s start with the basics:

why it’s important:

    1. There needs to be a realistic portrayal of the world in books –> not everyone is white, straight, Christian, able-bodied, neurotypical, and skinny. This needs to be shown in books. I find that it’s so basic when all the characters in a book are white, skinny and able-bodied because the world just isn’t like that.
    2. People need to be able to relate when they read a book –> Now I get that this isn’t arguably the “most important” thing that needs to be represented, but when I find a book that has a character that isn’t exactly “skinny” it’s so refreshing to me and I feel that I can connect more. Even with anxiety, when I read Starfish (yes, I’m not of the same ethnicity,) but because of her anxiety, I felt that I could relate to her. When people read a book, they need to be able to find themselves there, since a lot of people read to escape. And even if they weren’t reading to escape: people deserve to see themselves in what they read, the same way they deserve to find themselves in the world they see around them.
    3. They need to be given a voice when they don’t have a voice –> so many people do not have a voice. People need a voice. People deserve a voice.

*internal screaming* I hope that this all sounds okay please don’t shout at me!!IMG_1882

okay, so the thing: 

The reason that I really don’t like talking about diversity is that even though yes, I belong to some representations, they feel so insignificant compared to other people’s “things” that need to be represented.

BUT.

As I said earlier if someone else were to have the same things as me, I would scream at them that they needed to be represented. AND DFHBGJKDF words don’t work for me, okay? I feel like the fact that I’m not “skinny” isn’t as important as the fact that people of colour need to be represented. BUT IF SOMEONE ELSE WAS THE SAME AS ME I WOULD SAY THAT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BE REPRESENTED IN BOOKS TOO.

And, I think that own-voices opinions about diversity/representation matter more than mine (they do!!) –> especially if I’m talking about a representation that doesn’t represent me/that I belong to. I feel that I shouldn’t be talking about representation because others will think that I’m using my “white privilege” to do so, even though if I were talking about it to promote a diverse book. I’m scared of getting shouted at that it’s not my place to comment on representations that I don’t belong to. Sometimes I feel like it’s not my place, and that’s what makes me worried???? (even though, when I do talk about it, I don’t act as though I know alllll about the rep).

I’m so scared that all of this is sounding like a really privileged view.IMG_1882

own-voices reviews to take note of: 

Ilsa’s review of Love, Hate and Other Filters.

Fuzaila’s review of Love, Hate and Other Filters.

OKay I can’t find anymore?lk,l??? SO. erm. SO this is a sign that THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE? OKAY?

own-voices books to take note of: 

 

chat with me

Do you talk about diversity? What do you think about diversity? Are you a “diverse reader”? Do you think that people who aren’t “diverse” should comment on diversity? Let me know!! 

Luuuuuu

 

 

70 thoughts on “Diversity in YA: Should We Comment If We’re Not Diverse? Ft. Opinions.”

  1. I personally think we should not comment because we have to accept in some areas diversity is barely there and by criticizing the lack of it, it may trigger a lot of “white supremacists” and stuff like that, because they associate a simple comment on diversity as an attack on majorities, and they begin with their “Is OK to be white” bullshit. A lot of books I have read lack on the diversity, but I think it’s mainly because where they are set. A few books have made me nervous by the ways they portray minorities, specially latinas as I am, and I think the best way to tackle this just to stop reading their books. People with small mindsets always react badly to any kind of criticism.

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment!! I honestly think that books that have no diversity to them at all are being so ignorant of the world around them, and i totally agree that we shouldn’t support those kinds of books!

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  3. I’m ALWAYS thinking this!! Even though I am “technically” not POC (i’m like 1/quater native american – lmao i still don’t know if that counts??) i’ve never really had the struggle of being a POC because I kinda “blend in” more with white people?? Honestly I still don’t even know where I fit in (biracial?) since i’ve never had to really face discrimination based on my race. Plus Native Americans aren’t rep’d or talked about like AT ALL – so it’s not like i ever have anything to input about native americans and even if i did i wouldn’t know if it was accurate since i’m not fully native american and my family isn’t cultural??

    ANYWAY ~ my personal identity confusion aside, i commend you for writing this post. it’s definitely something that is always on my mind because i want to write diversity but i also don’t want it to seem like i’m trying to take away the spotlight from actual diverse individuals.

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      1. wHICH IS SO WEIRD considering the fact that most ya seems to take place in the united states and like, native americans were the first ones here haha – we’re like never talked about anywhere.

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  4. Wonderful discussion post! Honestly, I think it’s brave of you to tackle this topic in the first place and this post was written with an open-mind (not offensive at all)! And I agree with you. There should be realistic portrayals in books so people can connect with the characters. That’s probably why I found books like TATWD to be awesome in the “relatable” category. I’ll definitely be checking out these books you’ve suggested (The Hate U Give has been on my TBR for a while now)!

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