We Need More Male Protagonists in YA

Here’s a really interesting post about the need for diversity in the gender of YA lit!

INK AND QUILLS

male YAWhen was the last time you read a YA book told from a male character’s POV? And I mean entirely from his POV, not switching between a female character’s?

Can you name one? How about five? Ten?

Of all the books on my shelf, the only YA books I have with a male lead is Harry Potter. That’s it. All of the others books from the 20+ series on my shelf are told from a female perspective, or a male shared with a female.

That’s a HUGE contrast!

So what gives? Am I just drawn to stories with female protagonists? Maybe. Or are we seriously lacking some gender diversity in YA?

Honestly, I’m thinking it’s the latter.

Browse the YA selection in your bookstore or on goodreads and you’ll quickly see what I mean. It’s overwhelming how many books are told from the female POV.

This raises the question: how…

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A Reply to Lauren Southern’s “Why I’m Not a Feminist”

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Dear Lauren,

In the last couple days, I have seen your video “Why I’m Not a Feminist” pop up a few times. In the video, you describe why you are not a feminist. At the heart of your message is the assertion, “I am not a feminist because I believe both genders should be treated equally.” Setting aside for a moment the problems with your assumption that gender can be reduced to a binary of male/female (here’s a decent introduction to that if you want), I want to talk about the misinformation you offer in your video: misinformation about feminist activism and scholarship, and misinformation about domestic violence and rape. I don’t often find engaging in these types debates online to be the most fruitful use of my energies, since people that produce anti-feminist content generally are not very open to meaningful engagement with feminist thought, however I’ve been stewing over your…

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30-Day Writing Challenge (Day One)

30 day writing challenge blog

I recently discovered this picture on Pinterest and decided to take the challenge. I might not post every day, so this might turn into a 3-Month Writing challenge, but here goes nothing.

Day One: Five problems you have with social media.

I grew up with social media. It’s part of my normal. But my mother is very critical of it. She believes that it encourages people to not interact in real life. I do think that social media is extremely useful and brings a lot of joy to a lot of people, but I understand that there are problems with it.

  1. One word: drama. People say things online that they would never say in real life.
  2. And that leads to fights and the second problem, cyber bullying.
  3. People can be very stupid and post things they shouldn’t. These things get them in trouble and can even prevent them from getting jobs.
  4. You can stalk your future roommate and get super freaked out, or you can just generally build expectations about them. Neither of these things are good. Whether you’re expecting a person you haven’t met to be wonderful or terrible, it leads to problems; either you’re going to dread the future, or the person isn’t going to live up to your expectations, and you’ll be disappointed.
  5. It’s addictive. I can spend hours on Pinterest without even realizing it. When my phone buzzes, I immediately jump, not wanting to miss out on anything. I have to actually mute my notifications in order to concentrate on work.

I enjoy social media as much as any other person with a computer. I will be one of the last to give it up. It simply amazes me that I can connect with people around the world without leaving my bedroom. I can make friends, learn about new recipes and craft ideas, and laugh at anonymous people in my hometown.

What are some of your problems with social media? Do you think that the pros outweigh the cons?

College Visits

College visits are the worst thing ever. Sure, you get to see the place you might be spending the next four years and get a feel for the campus and student body, but it’s not all great. It just makes decisions even harder.

A matter of days ago, I was completely convinced that I wanted to go to UNC Asheville and major in Creative Writing. I had my dorm planned out and my schedule for next semester down to the second. All I needed was an image of the campus in my head so that I could imagine going to class with friends or studying in the library.

Then I went to Chapel Hill. It’s beautiful. It’s big and old, and there is so much going on. The people were amazing, and I skipped out on the tour to explore on my own. It was awesome.

Asheville was… alright. It was pretty up in the mountains, and the atmosphere was really cool, but the campus itself reminded me a lot of where I go to school now. You know, the school I want to leave.

So now I have a really hard decision in front of me. I haven’t actually gotten into Chapel Hill yet (hopefully I’ll know within the next couple weeks), but I really want to go there. Granted, I’d be just as happy at Asheville. Sigh. I’m really not good at making decisions. I’ve been scouring the internet for help on deciding between two amazing schools, I’ve made a pros and cons list, I’ve even asked my parents, but when it comes down to it, both schools are equally great for different reasons. Any advice?