I love Angela’s work! She’s freaking awesome.
satire is “I’m going to take this concept to an extreme or absurd level in order to demonstrate how bizarre/nonsensical/illogical it is” and not “I said something bigoted but just kidding I didn’t really mean it hahaha”
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.—
#it’s just a lovely shot ok? #i loooove love love how you can see the Tokyo sky reflected already when she’s still shown in the connpod (before the snow/ash starts) #additional things that I love include the colour symbolism of her being lit up yellow #with word of god stating that while Mako is blue it’s Raleigh who’s amber and yellow earth tones #so she’s literally surrounded by Raleigh #breathing him in and breathing in Alaska and Yancy and Knifehead #saturated with Raleigh’s current mental landscape #and the horrible wrongness of that at his point leading to her going out of phase by following him #and yet the scene ends - after the trauma has been survived - with Mako physically not symbolically surrounded by Raleigh #he runs over and doesn’t just catch her he scoops right around and basically spoons with her on the connpod floor #*…would you like to try again?…*