April 29th, 2008

It's A Rain Forest Out There

There's a book entitled: It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments.

As if to prove the title true, the author is in trouble... for racially insensitive illustrations.  Story, with pictures, here.

The publishers promise to change the illustrations, and add:
As an organization, we need to look seriously at the effects of white privilege. We will be looking for anti-racist trainings offered here in the Bay Area.
They should have had me look
at the book.

"It's a jungle"?
How incorrect - a terminological bungle.

"Rain forest"
is the proper phrase.

The connotations are wrong, of course,
but that is just the price one pays
for verbal progress.

As for the pictures of natives, chasing grrrls in distress,
let's mention that much less.

Chuck those illustrations in the trash!

(They didn't really intend to bash
anyone, but they possess
white privilege, which means
they didn't notice the half-naked black men charging through those scenes.)