The finished interview is now open to the public, and it’s right here
Ashia’s Uncut Interview
1. Where did your inspiration for the website come from?
2. Tell us more about your site? What is your intended audience for your website?
3. Could you tell us more about reviewing books?
Example: There are trans dads out there who carry their children in pregnancy. They have to deal with all kinds of erasive, micro & macro-aggressive, transphobic nonsense from the public at large, on top of just – making a baby is hard! Being a parent is hard! There aren’t many pregnancy books for men to help a guy out! I can’t help with that, way outside my wheelhouse. BUT – I can help with that obstacle of wondering – will my kids see themselves and our family reflected as real, valid, and healthy? We all need for these dads and their children to know we love and celebrate and accept them.
Example: Listen and believe trans dads. Which sounds not hard (and it’s not hard) but yet – so few people do it.
4. Where would you like to take this site in the future, in an ideal world?
5. Anything else you might want to share about the work you are doing now?
Listen to and boost #OwnVoices advocates, authors, and publishers. Give credit to people who put emotional labor into educating you – even if (especially if) they didn’t have the privileges it takes to get fancy credentials and an alphabet soup of letters after their names. If the free education they provide to you helps you do your job, pay them. Hire them. Instead of co-opting their work as your own, encourage your colleagues to support them as well.
In a society where multiply marginalized educators struggle to be heard and believed (because of perceived incompetence due to our gender, disability, or what have you), using the products of our intellectual labor and expertise while simultaneously promoting books that denigrate our identities is a gross, silent, and pervasive violence.