Friday News: Roxane Gay pulls book, 2017 ALA Reading List, gender stereotypes, and Grammarly
Roxane Gay Pulls Book, Protesting Breitbart Editor’s ‘Egregious’ Book Deal – Simon and Schuster continues to get backlash over their deal to publish Milo Yiannopoulos, most recently with Roxane Gay’s decision not to allow TED Books, an S&S imprint, to publish her new book, How To Be Heard. The book was actually due to the publisher this month, making the decision particularly consequential, both for her and for the publisher. Whether or not you agree with her stance, it’s definitely a ‘put your money where your mouth is’ kind of move. A move Yiannopoulos would probably never make, because he’s clear that he’s all about the money and the attention.
“I was supposed to turn the book in this month and I kept thinking about how egregious it is to give someone like Milo a platform for his blunt, inelegant hate and provocation,” Gay said. “I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the book in.”
Though she acknowledged that TED Books and Threshold are different imprints, with different staffs and intended audiences, Gay said the link between them through Simon & Schuster was still too much for her. – NPR
2017 Reading List Announced – Thanks to Kristen Allen-Vogel for noting that the ALA Reference and User Services Association released their 2017 Reading List, which includes eight genres with five titles each (the winner and four “honor titles”). I was particularly happy to see Daniel O’Malley’s Stiletto chosen as the winner in Fantasy – I have really enjoyed both of his books (and they’re particularly good in audio). Beverly Jenkins’s Forbidden won for Romance (yay!).
The winners were selected by the Reading List Council whose members include expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians. The eight genres currently included in the Council’s considerations are adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction. However, the Council is adaptable to new genres and changes in contemporary reading interest. – RUSA
Little girls doubt that women can be brilliant, study shows – I have not yet read this study, but the report is hardly shocking. Sad, but not shocking. The study, published in Science, included 400 5-7 year-old children, and consisted of two parts. The first part focused on how the children perceived others in regard to intelligence, while the second part focused on their self-perceptions around intelligence and effort. Girls as young as six showed signs of having internalized some gender stereotypes, which should tell us how saturated our society is with them.
In the first part of the study, girls and boys were told a story about a person who is “really, really smart,” a child’s idea of brilliance, and then asked to identify that person among the photos of two women and two men. The people in the photos were dressed professionally, looked the same age and appeared equally happy. At 5, both boys and girls tended to associate brilliance with their own gender, meaning that most girls chose women and most boys chose men.
But as they became older and began attending school, children apparently began endorsing gender stereotypes. At 6 and 7, girls were “significantly less likely” to pick women. The results were similar when the kids were shown photos of children.
Interestingly, when asked to select children who look like they do well in school, as opposed to being smart, girls tended to pick girls, which means that their perceptions of brilliance are not based on academic performance.
“These stereotypes float free of any objective markers of achievement and intelligence,” Cimpian said. – Yahoo News
This Browser Extension Will Correct All Your Grammar Mistakes – Given my hatred of spell check, I don’t know if I could stand Grammarly, but I’m curious to know if any of you have used it and what you think.
It checks spelling and usage, highlighting your grammar mistakes. When you click on one of those red underlines, a pop-up will tell you exactly what the app thinks is wrong, whether it’s unnecessary punctuation, the wrong “its,” or a verb-noun agreement issue. It will help you find a synonym, too. It’s like your elementary school teacher, automated. – Mental Floss