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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.

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- The Problem is Not the Books, Saundra Mitchell

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Variety: Have you experienced sexism in Hollywood? How have you handled it?
Rossum: I can’t tell you how many producers have made wink-and-nudge overtures at me. I’ve just been, Is this happening right now? Do they think that’s going to work? I may use bad language, but I know who I am, and I know what I’m willing to do to get a part, and it’s not that. I think that’s really hard for people who are here without a support group, without a family.
Maslany: For me it’s about the parts that are out there. I think it’s changing. That’s where I feel the sexism the most. The stories that we tell are male stories and often male-centric and the women are accessories, but it is changing. It’s changing so rapidly.
Rossum: TV is changing that.
Maslany: Absolutely. Like “Orange Is the New Black,” it’s all women. Our voices are getting louder. People are realizing that our stories are just as universal and just as relatable as male stories.
Rossum: And that there is a huge female audience out there that is hungry for female stories, and we are seeing that more and more.

Variety: Have you experienced sexism in Hollywood? How have you handled it?

Rossum: I can’t tell you how many producers have made wink-and-nudge overtures at me. I’ve just been, Is this happening right now? Do they think that’s going to work? I may use bad language, but I know who I am, and I know what I’m willing to do to get a part, and it’s not that. I think that’s really hard for people who are here without a support group, without a family.

Maslany: For me it’s about the parts that are out there. I think it’s changing. That’s where I feel the sexism the most. The stories that we tell are male stories and often male-centric and the women are accessories, but it is changing. It’s changing so rapidly.

Rossum: TV is changing that.

Maslany: Absolutely. Like “Orange Is the New Black,” it’s all women. Our voices are getting louder. People are realizing that our stories are just as universal and just as relatable as male stories.

Rossum: And that there is a huge female audience out there that is hungry for female stories, and we are seeing that more and more.

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"

the thing you are most
afraid to write.

write that.

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- Nayyirah Waheed

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Anonymous: You complain about the Abbot Hockey budget setting aside millions for chaplains in schools. I agree that it should not be a cost that the federal government bears...but That was actually a labour initiative, and after the high court declared it invalid (for lack of legislation) the Gillard government actually pumped out massive pieces of legislation to support the payments. Tell both sides of the story, not just the one that suits your agenda.

Uuuuuuuuuuugh, please.

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.

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#anon
They could not have had a better first tweet.

They could not have had a better first tweet.

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"Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit."
- cogitoergoblog on Facebook (via magicalmatt)

Here’s a list of all the fucked up shit the current government’s done in the 256 days since the most disgusting excuse for a PM was elected.

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.

Follow the link to view individual source articles.

I feel sick.

I mean from the second that I stepped out of that cab onto the creek I was the instigator, you know, the girl who caused problems and rocked the creek and upset the delicate emotional balance of Capeside and I don’t want Amy to be that person. I want her to belong, I feel like I never really did.

Jen Lindley, I love you.

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posted 2 months ago with 347 notes

Sooo.. the Beyonce and Jay Z tour should be pretty epic..

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A new take on O Fortuna, with words written by an exhausted mum..

x

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"Do what makes you most content. Contentment, not the ill-fated and glorified happiness, is all you need in life."
- The dearest of men, Matt.
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Ginger and Rosa.

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Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone on ‘Good Morning America’ - being cute all the time.

Stop iiiiitt.

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"It’s important that you keep on growing, both as a person and as an artist."
- Pacey Witter.
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Some of Australia’s greatest musicians sing together in I Touch Myself.

The beautiful video includes the likes of Olivia Newton John, Kate Ceberano, Megan Washington, Katie Noonan, Sarah Blasko, Sarah McLeod.

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