Monday, April 10, 2006

Politically Correct publishing guidelines

Un-freakin'-believable!! The worst thing is that PC is migrating to other countries. Even in Russia, where people are notoriously blunt, it's spreading like disease. In the very near future, I can just see a secret society reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451, where outcasts like myself will gather just to be able to freely draw anatomically correct cows and tell ethnic jokes without the fear of offending anyone. Talk about life imitating art... If you haven't read it already, read 1984, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, and my favorite - Brave New World.

Sunday, April 09, 2006
By Scott Norvell (excerpt)

The globalization of the market for children's books has brought Australian authors face-to-face with American standards of political correctness, according to a report in The Age, and the authors are none to happy about it.

One highly successful book was not accepted in the US because it showed a bare baby's bottom. Another illustrator was asked not to draw any udders in a book about cows.
Illustrators have been asked to avoid showing uncut loaves of bread and freestanding wardrobes because they might be unfamiliar to American readers.

Among the other guidelines handed down by U.S. publishers:

--Avoid stereotypes such as females as peripheral/helpers to active/leading males, or senior citizens as infirm, with canes, doddering.

--Elderly people should be shown as active members of society; unless relevant to text they should not be shown in wheelchairs.

--Show mothers involved in outside employment (not in aprons in kitchens).

--Show African-Americans in positions of power, not just in service industries.

--Show African-Americans and other people of colour with a range of skin tones. Hair texture should vary from straight to curly.

--Do not stereotype Asian people with glasses, bowl-shaped haircuts, or as intellectuals.

--No large groups of people without an appropriate ethnic mix and male/female ratio.

--No "help the disabled" pictures ― show disabled people doing for themselves and others.

--Show many types of family grouping. Take care not to imply that one-parent homes are broken.