Maureen Johnson, in the Huffington Post: “We’re told not to judge books by them, but… EVERYBODY DOES. That is what they are for. They are the packages that get your attention, that give you messages about what to expect.
Which is why yesterday, I proposed a little experiment on Twitter. I asked people to take a well-known book, then to imagine the author of that book was of the opposite gender, or was genderqueer, and imagine what that cover might look like. Because we have these expectations in our heads already.
There were hundreds of replies within 24 hours. Click here to see just a few of them.”
This conversation is great, for so many reasons, including:
- It gets people thinking critically about gender, publishing, reader’s advisory & library displays in a creative, fun way that is also serious & likely to engender real, thoughtful conversations
- It can also be adapted to create a library program where teens create alternate covers for some of their own favorite books. It would be an excellent assignment in English classrooms, too, for that matter.
The most heartbreaking line in all of science-fiction-musical fandom.
“So once this kind of stuff is in your head, you’re never going to grow out of it.”
I just read The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale and wow. It really resonated with me.
Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat.
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.
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