“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
Because it’s either
'OMG my Prince he was such a misunderstood sweetheart look at him loving Lily forever and always and making sure Harry stayed alive he's so romantic'
'I don't care that he loved Lily actually it's creepy and there's no excuse for the way he treated Harry and Neville'
I can’t believe drawing a black line across my eyelids makes me feel 10x prettier.
i cant believe people consciously choose to follow me and decide to themselves “Yeah I want to see more of whatever this nerd’s doing”
“I really love doing research for a character, and like, I have to know everything, I have to understand every single…”
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.
"you support gay rights so you must be gay"
i support animal rights do i look like a fucking alpaca to you
Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away named 1997, one woman set out to save the world. In doing so she gave us
threefour main characters. One taught us that stupidity and bravery can be one in the same, but as long as your heart is in the right place you will always come out on top, in the…
these three kids have an adventure with magic and shiz and everyone they love dies
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
isn’t it weird to think that if you were raised differently, if you lived somewhere else, if you said yes to that boy who asked you out in eighth grade, or if you played a different sport your life would be completely different? One little thing, one little choice can change your entire life.