Because everybody has been waiting for my two Euro cents on the topic, I'm sure.cleolinda
asks What's going on with #yesGayYA
and begins to answer it too.coffeeandink
posts More on #YesGayYA
, the essential parts -- i.e. her opinion -- to be found after her cut; to me it's required reading on everything ever, not just this current debate.deepad
writes a response which she says is derailing and contrary and also unsupportive of the Market
that has me also recommend the discussion in the comments, both post and discussion an extension of the debate.
Which in certain aspects reminds me of an argument I encounter a lot in life, especially work life (no balance to be found there): that just getting one woman into a position of power is going to help; surely she alone -- literally -- means all is well and everybody is happy, read: represented
. But turns out that women are human beings, who ultimately answer and stand only for themselves: they're not symbols; each of them is not some semi-mystical pinnacle of female wisdom (whatever the hell that's supposed to be; if it was ever passed out, I was clearly buying a lolly somewhere else)
throughout the ages or even just the present day. Nor are they Just Like Men [Only With Boobs]. And of course women are not only women-- they're people of colour; they're queer; they're disabled too, all at once sometimes; none of these are separate identities.
Though they are viewed that way. So, not if but when
something happens, a decision, a direction doesn't work out, it's All Women / PoC / Queers / People with Disabilities who are Not Up To The Task At Hand, natch, the proof is right there; can't you see?
And I say, No, no I can't see that
. All I see is one person yet again proving that the misconception of token folks needs to die. That we all need both quantity
of talent outside the white male demographic.
So yes, buying more GLBTQA books -- and movies and other media -- is great and dandy; but there are two thing that come to mind:
First, those pitfalls of believing any queer book is a good book, because duh, no
, and Deepa says it much better why criticism and, hel-lo, content
matter perhaps even more in this section of the book world.
Second, there's a much more insidious view: the belief that any such action is a generosity, a gift -- that you are doing me a favour when you read my queer story, employ me as a woman, don't change the topic when I talk about disability. You don't. You are doing this for yourself; you will be benefit from it, and I don't only mean additional knowledge of the world as it really is for people who are not you, your family, your circles, or the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes only from Having Done Good, Whee. I do mean your deep and profound joy at reading my words and worlds
. I do mean your hard-cash, money-in-the-bank financial advantages of employing me as a person, because I don't just do good work but do it better. I do mean your perspectives on life, on the realisations of possibilities and powers you have so you can find a better path.
Facts and statistics about the measurable gain from inclusion exist; the truth is out there. But it's pretty clear they still need to go in here, too: your mind, my mind.