Literature can be challenging, diverse and inclusive. It bridges communities and divides. It helps people define their identity, find their tribe. Writing allows people to understand who they are and where they fit in the world.
Erotica is part of this, helping people to work out their gender and sexuality and use those ideas as a springboard into the world. It’s a world that can bewilder us, shut us out and constantly bombard us with mixed messages from the media, our friends and our families.
Great writing enables us to be ourselves, to immerse our entire being into a different world for the short time we’re with the book. But more than that, it shows us that we’re not alone. That there are other like us.
Minority communities, isolated individuals, people who need a safe space to explore who they are… they all count on us. And for the majority, the privileged? Let’s show them that there’s more to be seen, more to be heard… a more inclusive, diverse, beautiful spectrum of humanity, where every single person matters.
Here’s our challenge to you:
Writers: Write more inclusively; write the stuff that pushes and challenges you. Show more of the world through your writing.
Editors: Look for writing that increases diversity. Reflect the spectrum of humanity out there.
Publishers (ourselves included): Don’t hide behind what others are doing. Be brave, be bold, publish for everyone.
Readers: Read beyond your comfort zone, buy books that challenge your thinking, recommend them to your friends, family and colleagues and let authors know how you feel by leaving reviews.