NOTE: This project was undertaken from March 2017 to March 2018 and is now completed. For more information about it, you can read below. To see what I’m writing now, you can find me at Fact & Fable.
I am an environmental educator living in the American West. I am passionate about baking, hiking, backpacking, teaching, grizzly bears, and books. This project was part of an attempt on my part to become more conscious about who and what voices I am listening to. Because the most commonly told voice I hear in the world around be is that of white men, I took a year to consciously seek alternative voices.
- For more information on my Reading Diversely project, please read my introduction to it here.
- If you are curious about the larger debate about diverse reading challenges, you can read my post, An Overview of the Debate About Not Reading White Men: What has already been said.
- To see all the books I read during my year of reading diversely, with direct links to my reviews, you can visit the Book Shelf section.
- To read my wrap up of the project, you can find my final blog post HERE.
Defining white men: For the purposes of this project, I define white men as men who are of European descent who do not publicly identify as members of any other commonly marginalized group. While I recognize that many white men are often discriminated against due to religion or sexual orientation, these differences are usually not obvious in their name, picture or short biography. There is a long history of famous male authors who are suspected of hiding these differences, such as the many rumors that Shakespeare was either gay, or a member of one of numerous persecuted religions. Therefore, while it does not need to be evident in the book itself, unless a white male author publicly identifies with a group like this, they are still off limits.
1.) Unless explained below, no books by white men (see definition above.)
2.) Collections of stories or poems can include work written by white men as long as at least 50% of the work is written by members of another group
3.) Each month, I can read ONE “token white male” author. However, the work I read must have at least one POV narrator who is not a white male and pass the Bechdel test (or essentially must include interactions between non-white males that are about everyday life rather then their relationships with the dominant culture)
4.) Read at least one book a week.