Every so often discussions about “white straight male privilege” cross my radar and I once again find myself examining my own assumptions and practices.
Most recently, the following blog post appeared in my facebook feed and resonated with me:
(For the uninitiated, ‘cis’ refers to cisgender, which is when an individual’s experiences of their own gender match the sex they were assigned at birth, i.e. the opposite of transgender. I had to look it up.)
The post got me thinking again about the Australian Women Writers Challenge, which I attempted in 2013. I failed that year, owing to poor general reading habits, but as regular readers of this blog will know I well and truly got back into novels last year.
I could have totally nailed the AWW challenge (which requires one to read books by Australian women authors and post book reviews) last year. So I’ve decided to sign up for it this year instead. This year I will not fail.
My pledge is to read six books by Australian women and review four of them.
I’m fairly certain I’ll read more than six (I’ve read four already); but, knowing how long it takes to write a decent review, I think it wiser not to over-commit on the review side of things.
In general, I already read a lot of women authors. Most of the fantasy I read is by women, and I don’t see this changing much.
Moreover, contemplating diversity in general, last year’s reading extravaganza took me to several places I hadn’t been before… So if I want to diversify some more, I need to look at authors with different cultural backgrounds. Challenge accepted!
I’m not going to deliberately boycott books by white straight cis male authors, but there’s a strong chance I won’t read any regardless. I don’t think I did last year.
In any case, it feels good to have some new reading goals. A new focus. I’ve been floundering a bit this month, trying to decide WHAT to choose out of a gazillion possibilities.
Stay tuned for this year’s adventure in books!