The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.
OMG THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!
Aw fuck yeah!
Many women, I think, resist feminism because it is an agony to be fully conscious of the brutal misogyny which permeates culture, society, and all personal relationships. It is as if our oppression were cast in lava eons ago and now it is granite, and each individual woman is buried inside the stone. Women try to survive inside the stone, buried in it. Women say, I like this stone, its weight is not too heavy for me. Women defend the stone by saying that it protects them from rain and wind and fire. Women say, all I have ever known is this stone, what is there without it?
This awesome little poster asks, “Who will you come to like?” and explains the differences between heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and asexuality.
It’s exciting to see sexual minorities treated without stigma in Japanese schools. Recent reports have painted a dire picture of the bullying situation in Japan. Check out Kat Callahan’s thoughtful post on the subject at ROYGBIV.
Friend tattoo with Naomi!!! We’ve been planning this for like 12 years. I kinda fucked mine up lol. It’s damn hard to tattoo your own hand! #utena #tattoos
We finally did it! ♡♡♡
Bill Murray’s attire on the ‘Letterman’ through the years.
Why promote a company but not add a link?
Now that’s just cool.
I wanna do this once Milo’s big enough to draw. And you best believe he will be drawing if he’s my child at all!!!
Definitely doing this when Audrey is old enough to draw!! ^_^