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By Allyn Farach
Representation in all walks of life has been in the spotlight recently. And one area that is full of controversy is what young people are exposed to in books that often help inform them during some of the most important years of their lives.
A study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that out of the 3,400 books that they received for 2015, 106 were by Black authors and 269 were about Black characters, and 58 were by Latino authors and 82 were about Latino characters.
Malinda Lo, a YA novelist, has been following the uptick in LGBT+ YA.
According to Lo, “In 2014, mainstream publishers published 47 LGBT YA books. This is a 59% increase from 2013, when only 29 LGBT YA books were published by mainstream publishers.”
Yes, these statistics look optimistic, but they are still not what they should be.
So what is the damage done when proper representation can’t be ascertained?
All groups suffer because such lack of representation fails to encapsulate the differences between different people; essentially, one person is not the whole.
“I think the tendency has been to reduce Latino characters as this one thing or Asian characters as this one thing, Muslim characters as one thing, and the fact is that we’re people,” Meg Medina, a Cuban-American writer of YA books and an Advisory Chair for the group We Need Diverse Books, said in a interview with RISE NEWS. “And all of those very specific identifiers and experiences shape how we move. It’s what makes us people.”
The effects of poor representation of minority groups are not limited to people of color.
Alex Gino uses the singular they pronoun and wrote George, a YA book about a trans girl that won the 2016 Stonewall Book Award.
“It’s important to remember that each trans experience is unique and different the way that each cis experience, the way that each trans experience, the way that each gay or queer experience is unique,” Gino said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “And so I wouldn’t even say that one trans story can cover it, or one gay story would cover it. There’s nothing quite like finding someone like yourself in a book.”
Leaps and bounds have been made in representation, however, despite this work, there are still advances to be made.
For example, Lo estimated that 1.9% to 2.4% of YA books published in 2013 had LGBT+ characters or dealt with LGBT+ issues.
“There is a lot of work to be done. I think that we only started to drill down into the many experiences that make up being a young person,” Medina said. “I think there are lots of questions in publishing now, like who’s writing these stories? Are they authentic, are they not authentic, are they written from sort of an outsider point of view, people imagining what it’s like to be x y or z, are they generally writers of color? I think when we have many people at the table with many points of view, the books that get published are richer, are more nuanced, are truer stories of real peoples’ lives.”
Gino seemed to agree with that sentiment.
“I think that we are scratching the surface of the stories that are available to be told, and the stories that are available to read,” Gino said. “I think that we need more books by diverse people and we also need more diverse groups of people publishing the books, so that stories that are being picked have more things to offer.”
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By Vanessa Paredes
Approximately 62 percent of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day every year, and it’s safe to say most of them are going out to dinner…snooze!
Restaurants will be crammed with hundreds of grumpy couples and overwhelmed waiters collectively wishing the night would just be over already. Consider these much more creative ways to show your S.O. you care on February 14th.
- Painted Love
Make love AND art with the Love is Art Kit. The kit provides couples everything they need to craft a one-of-a-kind abstract painting, while being intimate with one another. Rolling around in paint isn’t only sexy, but a great bonding experience without ever stepping foot outside of the house.
- What’s Cooking Good Looking?
Avoiding restaurants but still want to eat? Don’t blame you. Luckily there’s a more unique way to grub with your lover and learn some valuable skills while you’re at it. Find a local spot that offers cooking classes like Sur La Table and cook up some romance together. Extra points if the class focuses on aphrodisiacs!
- Plan A Staycation
Vacations aren’t cheap, so plan a Staycation with the beau in your favorite nearby city and get away from it all without having to go very far. Order room service, throw on those white fluffy robes, and take advantage of all of the hotel amenities the next day.
- Brew Up Some Romance
Bonding over some brewskis should be a no brainer for some. Local breweries offer tours, tasting, and events perfect for beer loving duos to sip on some of the local flavors their city has to offer.
- Let’s Get Physical
They say couples that sweat together, stay together, and if that’s true it might be worth a shot to do something physical on V-day with your significant other. Consider something that builds trust like rock climbing, relaxing like kayaking or competitive like shooting some hoops at your local court to score big with your one true love.
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By Kelsey D’Auben
Later this month Netflix will be premiering it’s newest series Fuller House, a spin-off series of one of the 90’s most popular sitcoms Full House, which will star the complete original cast (minus the Olsen twins.)
This is only the latest in the trend of rebooting old movies and television series from the 1990’s.
Sci-fi shows like The X-Files and Twin Peaks have reboots out this year, it was announced that Friends would have a reunion show, and this week Tyra Banks confirmed via Twitter than a Lifesize 2, a sequel to the famous Disney Channel original movie, is happening.
And all these announcements have every true 90’s kid very excited to see these classics back on screen.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) January 27, 2016
Television and movies aren’t the only pieces of the past that 90’s kids cling on to. Over the past few years trends that should have died with a change in the millennium are making their comeback.
Grown adults are now playing Pokémon video games, wearing denim overalls and plastic choker necklaces, while listening to Backstreet Boys on repeat. And this doesn’t seem to just be an instance of popular fashion trends cycling back.
The way today’s young adults are not seeming to just take this as a fun way to honor their pasts, but we seem to have an obsession with going back to it.
Millennials are a generation who seem to be in denial about moving forward and clinging onto the nostalgia of the past.
Sure, once a generation reaches adulthood they all seem to enjoy reminiscing on aspects of their youth, like the Baby Boomers and their Classic Rock.
So what is it that fuels this need for today’s generation to relive the past? Well, Millennials experienced their childhoods much differently than any generation before us.
Along with stretching over two different decades, centuries, and millenniums we grew up in what felt like two different worlds.
We are the generation that lived half of our childhood without the digital revolution, and the other half of our youth in a world completely run by it.
We became the generation that bridged the technological gap. Because of this, we long for the simplicity that we were able to experience early in our lives.
And we achieve this through re-living the aspects of 90’s culture, such as television, movies, games, and fashion.
But it is all a little bit strange, isn’t it? And perhaps a bit lazy on our part as well.
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