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.—
I had $20 for food this week and then another 20 to live off next week because all my money has to go to rent but there was $80 that I forgot about and I am so excited! I feel rich right now, like I’d already started putting my stuff on ebay, I am so relieved right now. I’m buying myself a cookie tomorrow.
It is so big. — 'baby got back' passes the bechdel test (via battlestardidactica)
L.A. Police officer speaking to a Black actor who pretended to break in to Jason Roberts’ car while Roberts filmed it. Roberts, who is White, also filmed himself breaking into the same car to demonstrate the difference in peoples’ reactions based on the race of the person attempting to break into the car. Roberts tried to break into his own car for 30 minutes and nobody bothered him. A police car even drove past at one point and did nothing. When the Black actor, Quentin Brunson, attempted to break into the car, the police were called and showed up within 2 minutes.
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