Censorship or evolution? 'Sensitivity readers' divide publishing world

March 20, 2023

It's a profession which is increasingly under the spotlight as the culture wars rumble on: "sensitivity readers" -- editors who identify insensitivities or stereotypes in manuscripts -- are becoming a lightning rod for the publishing industry. But amid social reckonings such as the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, sensitivity readers are becoming prominent in contemporary fiction publishing also -- and not everyone is pleased about it. "People say that, but I don't feel that they understand the process," Patrice Williams Marks, a Los Angeles-based sensitivity reader, tells AFP. "I always let them know that they don't have to accept the changes that I suggest," says Lola Isabel Gonzalez, another sensitivity reader, also based in Los Angeles. -Story continuesSo who are "sensitivity readers"?