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.”
All credit goes to - japharts
This, literally, is dead on exactly how I feel, and probably a lot of you guys too.
i’ve never seen a comic that narrates what is consistently running through my head so thoroughly
like i know logically that its untrue but god that voice in my head will not shut up telling me this shit
hey if anybody feels like this right now i just want u to know that the creepy shadow voice telling you all that stuff IS a lie and you are very valuable to the people in your life
<3 stay tough space cowboys
scarletstop-deactivated20140222 asked: Wow okay Lily Allen is ridiculously racist bye
I’ve read a lot of people on tumblr saying that she’s using women of colour as a prop in her Hard Out Here video and I didn’t not take it in that regard — I could of course be entirely wrong — as Allen’s video very slightly (VERY slightly) exaggerates the presentation of women in music videos to demonstrate just how ridiculous it is. She is not advocating for that presentation of women and makes it clear, or at least that’s my impression. Comments men think women would make about male anatomy (i.e. the Robin Thicke homage) are replaced with misogynistic assessments of the female anatomy. Women are part of the kitchen scenery, as much a show thing as a car or a champagne bottle and above all dancers made up of all but one woman of colour serve as a background to the main singer. This video is a criticism of music videos.
Another thing people are bringing up “Don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cuz I got a brain” — and claiming it’s married to twerking and the image of the black woman shaking her ass. But look at that wording: Don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cuz I got a brain. That for you is so important. Shake your ass if you want, whatever. But Allen is arguing against the Thicke-esque idea that everything revolves around a man’s worldview and physical relationship to women.
Just imo obviously.
Norwegian town of Rjuken steals sun
A group of almost nervous-looking Norwegians gather to greet the sun. It is rising in silver splendour over the mountains that enfold their little town, casting a pool of bright light around them. In this new morning they cast shadows on the town square. Real shadows at last!
But that is not the sun. It is a system of gigantic mirrors set up on the mountain to give Rjukan a sunlight boost. This town buried in a deep valley never gets any direct natural light in winter, when the northern sun is too low in the sky to get past its walls of rock. Until now. The mirrors are the brainchild of Martin Andersen, an artist who moved to Rjukan 10 years ago. His “heliostats” reflect this pool of sunlight on to the town square 365 days a year, keeping the sun in town even in the darkest winter.