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 decided to apply Google’s autocomplete to Europe and here’s the result for the first suggestion provided.
There was no result for Montenegro, and all the results for Turkey referred to the bird, not the country. Both countries were left blank.
The result for Macedonia is misleading: the articles it linked to referred to Ancient (Alexander the Great’s) Macedonia, not to the (historically unrelated) modern Republic of Macedonia.
Malta does not appear outlined on the map I used, so I just left the autocomplete suggestion floating south of Italy…
- Fernando Pessoa
Colorado, you’re beautiful but you’re hurting my face.
"I’m trying to figure out what my dreams are."
I think crouching in a labyrinth of books forever is a beautiful dream.
tumblr needs more maps
I was recently talking with a friend about cheesy pickup lines. My favorite was “I’m not trying to impress you or anything, but [switching to batman voice] I’M BATMAN.” But then I remembered this one. Literary pickup lines always win.