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."
the thing you are most
afraid to write.
What about that post makes you think I wanted to ‘tell both sides of the story’? I didn’t. I was expressing my anger and dismay at what one side has done, as is my right to do so.
If that’s the only bone you have to pick with that list, then perhaps you need to reassess your own agenda.
Featuring these beauties:
- Removed anti-sweatshop laws and cut all funding to Ethical Clothing Australia.
- Confiscated medication from asylum seeker detainees.
- Stopped collecting data on gender equality in the workplace.
- Authorised the Navy to fire over the bows of asylum seeker boats.
- Cut funding for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a body of elected representatives of the indigenous people.
- Described wind farms as “urterly offensive” and “a blight on the landscape”.
- Deregulated university fees, thereby allowing Universities to charge what they want.
- Justified the logging of forests currently on the world heritage list because Christianity supposedly tells us “the environment is meant for man”.
- Tried to exempt loggers in Tasmania’s World Heritage forests from the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, so they won’t have to worry about killing threatened species.
- Slashed $1.1 million used to fight against animal abuse.
- Made $110 million of broad-sweeping cuts to the Arts.
- Cut $111 million from the CSIRO.
- Set aside $245 million for religious chaplains in schools. Secular schools do not have the option of hiring a secular equivalent.
- Spent $20 million on an international campaign to discourage people from fleeing war crimes, genocide and other persecution.
- Broke international laws by arbitrarily imprisoning children.
- Ignored an order from the United Nations Human Rights Committee to release some asylum seekers who are being illegally held without proof or judicial protection.
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I feel sick.
A new take on O Fortuna, with words written by an exhausted mum..