I want to commit to a monthly post sharing my favorite blog posts I read through the month of August. My hope is to showcase and promote the many awesome bloggers out there. I have read many blogs over the past month and unfortunately missed many more posts. I wish I had more time to follow more blogs and read them thoroughly. As I am building up my list of blogs I follow, I would love any recommendations of blogs you love!
Stitch’s Media Mix
This post resonates with me on so many levels. The author makes excellent points and calls out all of the issues that comes along with the “Ohhh you are forcing me to write in diversity” argument. In a time where I am absolutely baffled about why diverse representation is even up for debate, this post was refreshing and validating. A high recommendation to read and follow.
The Misfortune of Knowing
This post starts to dive into the legal aspects of gender-based discrimination, looking at Title IX and other legislation with trans people’s rights. I think the author does very well in talking about the new guidance from the Federal Government around Title IX and starting the nuanced conversation about biological sex and gender identity. Plus, the author points out how creepy it is that people are trying to police where children use the restroom based on what is between their legs… Yeah… Creepy.
The Cardboard Republic
This post was actually first published at the End of June. I first read the article in July and I meant to publicize it then. But now seems like a good time as any to chat about it. One of the contributors, Erin, looked at many of the box covers of the most popular board games in the world and did a study about gender representation on the covers. The results can be what you expect but still fascinating! The Cardboard Republic is one of the few podcast and blogs that touch on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the board game hobby and I would highly recommend them!
Zezee with Books
Many roundup and recommendation posts come out every month and I enjoy them all. However, this roundup post featuring comics with awesome women as main characters really stood out to me. I read graphic novels and comics every now and then, but it is not my go to form of media. I have seen how this form of media can showcase many diverse stories by many diverse content creators. I am excited by the four comics featured in this list and look forward to more roundups of comics featuring badass women.
If You Can Read This
The author of this blog, Bina, puts out many very good reviews over the course of each month. In this review, Bina takes a look at Yetunde, a self-published book, exploring the relationship between a mother and a daughter and Yoruba folk tales. Along with the review is also an author interview where readers can learn more about the author and plans for writing in the future. I appreciate the time that Bina is giving to authors who self-publish novels. There is definitely a stigma around self-publication and the more visibility and praise for these books, the better! Plus many diverse authors choose to self-publish because there is no company that will take their manuscript.
Read Diverse Books
Naz has been one of my biggest supports as I entered the (consistent) blogging world and has helped me connect with the blogging community. His reflection on his six month of blogging has been really insightful into his own journey and has also provided me with many tips I have and will make good use of moving forward. I can always count on Naz to be authentic in his posts and share his experiences. And, I look forward to his book reviews as much as his blogging posts! A fantastic person in the #DiverseBookBloggers community.