Mike, I would REALLY like to hear your thoughts on this.
I have been itching to start youtube show of my own for several years now. One of the topics closest to my concern and certain to be a central feature of the show would be the representation of women in today's varied media. But there is a deeply compelling argument that has been made against my creating another talking-white-hetero-guy-show, if my concern lies with the under-represented.
An example of this involves a discussion I had online with a fellow male librarian about the glass escalator (you can see the post and my discussion with the fellow here: http://nascentlibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/libraries-glass-escalator/
). The Nascent Librarian reported on this issue but then argued that his voice was not needed, as what is needed for the advancement of women's issues is not MORE but FEWER 'white-cisdudes' speaking. He argued, quite persuasively, that in an area already skewed to benefit people like us, I should LISTEN and let others speak for themselves.
I am deeply conflicted by this. I feel a strong creative desire to join the conversation and contribute to the sharing of ideas here on YouTube and elsewhere. But I also wonder if that would help to bring about the kind of change I would like to see.
In order for more under-represented voices to be heard, do the over-represented need to refrain from speaking? And, if so, what can the privileged do to support the better representation of the biased and the scorned?