This is, I think, what the Ezra Jack Keats award tries to change with picture books. Is there an equivalent for young adult books?
So, so important. And timely, for me!
What the fuck is one “presenting as female”?
I can understand “ambiguous race”. I’ve used the term myself before. Rashida Jones, for example. Only the seven people who watched that episode of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” know what the fuck she is.
But come on, what fucking politcally correct asshole can decide that 90% of models featured on the cover of YA novels (without, presumabely, knowing the actual models) can decide that the models are white but is unable to make the statement that they “are” female, has to say “presenting as female”?
Apparently, the dominance of the companies of PC War are changing. The Cissphobia Police are more feared than the Racism Police.
I’m not sure I want to live in a world where a model who looks like a female on the cover of a book about a female being marketed to females and written by a female can’t safely be called a female.
(That’s a reaction to the image itself. I’ve clicked-through and read, but I’ve no desire to foment a more cogent response.)