Apparently a thing nowadays: writers and editors have members of minority groups comb through manuscripts to make sure they’re not offensive. Here are two longish articles about it:
Yet more opportunity for the social justice warriors to strengthen their stranglehold on society, perhaps? But what I find particularly interesting here, is that a lot of the writers who get their work shot down in flames by sensitivity readers are themselves SJWs, who are trying to “reach out to” or “highlight the issues” of this or that minority group. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.
To me, a work of art should be a work of art, first and foremost. Perhaps just my taste, but I absolutely detest any literature in general, and children]s literature in particular, that’s about little moralistic life lessons. In the good old days it was about such things as always listening to mom; nowadays it’s about diversity. But the basic intent remains the same: using a story to teach the young reader some or other little lesson.
I never liked those books when I was a kid. I didn’t read books to be preached to. I read them to have fun, so I liked fun or scary adventure romps rather than sermons about diversity or respecting authorities or whatever. Perhaps kids today are different. I’m not so sure: it strikes me that none of these sensitivity reader they talk about here are the intended audience of the books. Every last motherfucking one of them are adults, presuming to know what may or may not offend young readers. It’s pretty condescending to kids, if you ask me.
Anyway. All I can say is this: no sensitivity reader will get within ten parsecs of any of my manuscripts. They are most welcome to blast the hell out of them after the fact.