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The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide For Writing About Transgender People

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I really appreciate resources like The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide For Writing About Transgender People these! A resource that works “with individuals, groups, and organizations that want their publications, resources, and other material to be sensitive and anti-oppressive with regards to race, class, sexuality, gender, ability, age, body size, religion, nationality, and more”.

Just because someone doesn’t intend to offend someone else, doesn’t erase the impact of the offense. Like it or not, the world and the people in it are becoming more fluid and less beholden to boundaries.

If you want to reach as many people as possible, it makes sense to make an effort to be sensitive to their differences and how they want to be spoken to.

From a writer’s perspective, there are even these things called “Sensitivity Reads” in which they submit their work to be reviewed just for the purpose of catching any potentially offensive and/or inaccurate stereotypes and content from a story. Some authors pay up to $400 for this type of pre-publication review.

Have you read any books that could have used a “Sensitivity Review”? Have you heard about any books that received bad publicity because there was something offensive or inaccurate about a particular group?


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