Comments Of The Week: Diversity

Diversity is one of most important topics ever, period. Big statement, but it’s true. I’m never afraid to get a discussion going about the lack of diversity in the media or how whitewashed TV shows, books and film are. Why? Because if somebody doesn’t talk about it, how is anything going to change?

In 2014, Asian girls shouldn’t be surprised to see a character who looks like them on a TV show. In 2014, queer girls should be able to see more films about queer girls without a gross straight male gaze element to it. In 2014 it shouldn’t be a shock that a dark skinned black woman was named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful.” In 2014, plus size girls should be able to see to read stories about girls just like them without it only being a narrative about losing weight.

Diversity is important. Diversity is awesome. Diversity is…still strangely controversial. But here’s what 10 of our readers had to say on the matter.


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What diversity issue are you personally invested in? Do you think we’ve improved enough with diversity in the media or do we have a long way to go? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Denise

    Is it just me, or do people need to stop worrying about titles? Who cares if I call you “black” or “asian” instead of “African-American” or “Chinese”? I’m a Caucasian girl who goes to an all-girls catholic school, and I’m tired of people assuming I’m catholic just because I go there. I’m not, I don’t have a specific denomination. There’s tons of people there who aren’t catholic or even Christian for that matter. But why the fancy titles of “atheist” or “agnostic”? Who cares? Why can’t we just accept other for who they are, not by their race or religion?

  • Eliza

    Lots of these comments were about African Americans not seeing enough diversity. I’m a Caucasian female and where I live the majority of the population is Hispanic. I used to be proud of who I am but being constantly told how pale I am and if I was just a bit darker, I’d be so much prettier. It’s really taken a toll on my self-esteem. I just wanted to point out that even though it’s not normally talked about, whites face discrimination as well.

  • Maren

    There’s another group that really, really needs some representation: asexuals. We always seem to be ignored, and when we aren’t, the first response is almost always about how the asexual character has a disorder or needs to be fixed or celibacy or how this character is a prude who just needs to meet the right person or have sex. It’s never about acceptance. If sex without love exists, then why can’t love without sex? No more plant jokes!

  • Kat

    It is really awesome that you are raising awareness about diversity, I highly applaud you for that. ButI would really be grateful if you tried to use it in some of your own articles. Although I myself am African American I find it fairly annoying in some of your articles as you always are going against white people and only acknowledging cases where they are racist. I have seen people of my race repeatedly calling my friend honkey, nazi and whitey, she campaigns for equality yet she has been branded racist because she is white. If we really want racism to end we need to end all forms of it not just cases against our race. Yes it is great that you are raising awareness but please dont blame it all on one race when we are all perpertrators in this.