Hello, I'm a baby librarian. This is the Tumblr with fun stuff that corresponds to my words blog, Contrary Librarian.
I wish I were a WHIZZ at classification.
I’ve been given some resources to make a display on various types of disability, which is a particular interest of mine, from both an academic and personal perspective. But there are SO MANY disabilities and I’ve been given one small table and one small noticeboard and it’s extremely difficult to represent all the disabilities in the information without reducing them to stereotypes which I know are harmful (e.g. I have an autism spectrum condition but wasn’t diagnosed till an adult because I understood autism as its stereotypes which I don’t fit so I missed out on vital support). But I can do it!!!!
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.