Everything’s changed. And I don’t know if it could ever be the same.
She had a big heart. Big enough for both of us. Had to be. I wasn’t even human when we first met. I never expected that to change. She reached out and found something I didn’t even know was there. She never hurt anybody. She was innocent. And she died a brutal death and I can’t fix it. But I know I have to try here in Miami with the people who knew her and who cared about her. And who loved her. Like I did.
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.” —
Remembering Sylvia Plath, who died on this day, Feb 11, in 1963.
‘Cause people seem to only post the 20-something Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn was the granddaughter of a baron, the daughter of a nazi sympathizer, spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the dutch resistance against the nazis, and spent her post-film career as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, winning the presidential medal of freedom for her efforts.
…and history remembers her as pretty.
AND HISTORY REMEMBERS HER AS PRETTY
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To celebrate the blog’s second year anniversary and follower milestones, it’s time for another giveaway featuring some of the favorite books/series I’ve read last year! :)
- Must be following booksandhotchocolate (this is exclusive for my followers only)
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- There will be four winners getting one book each. Winners may choose ANY book written by any of the authors featured above.
- This will be available WORLDWIDE via The Book Depository.
- You must be willing to give your shipping address away to me.
- The winners will be randomly chosen through a random number generator
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- The giveaway ends February 14, 2014
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