"Diversity’s not a straitjacket; it’s the key that lets you out of one."
On the day the Pitiful Sons of Bitches have successfully lifted their legs in the direction of the Hugoes, the least I can do is quote some sane words from the other side. Cat Rambo in Locus:
Diversity is about having more stories. Not fewer. Not swapping out a new lot for the traditional, mainstream narratives, but adding to them. Bringing in the mythologies, the tropes, the figurative language of more cultures, more viewpoints. For anyone who’s ever complained about the sometimes tired nature of “the Chosen One” plotline, this is the wellspring that will bring new energy, new life. Because stories start affecting each other. They start creeping into each other’s plot holes and wandering off to talk about mashups. Others engage in loud conversations with each other, sometimes even shouting matches. And in the meantime, the virtual room that is the field of speculative fiction keeps expanding in order to hold them all.