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:
Can we talk about how fucking perfect this song is by OREO of all companies? I know its a clever way for them to be able to introduce new products but there is so much more to it. Lets break it down line by line. Please watch the video first though as all credit goes to Kraft and Oreo.
"Wonder if we tried a new thing…"
You mean its possible to NOT do things the way you have always done them. Even when those things are working well for you? FFS Oreo alone makes Kraft 2 billion dollars a year! And here they are going to try out some new flavors. Wonder what would happen if that philosophy was applied to peoples lives.
"… looked inside see what we can bring…"
Wait, you mean we can bring about these changes from inside? We don’t have to wait for a focus group or a boss or a teacher or a parent or a preacher or anybody else to tell us that it might be time for a change? We really can do it on our own??
"… forget who your supposed to be…"
You mean I don’t have to do things like I have been told ALL the time. Its okay to think that something needs to change and then enact that change on my own? Strange. According to society I am supposed to do things the way they have always been done because they say so.
"… take all your crazy flavors show them off to me…"
Are you fucking kidding me Kraft? You mean to say that different might actually be good? You mean that sometimes adding variety is a good thing? This company has CLEARLY gone mad
"… if we dare to wonder about what holds us down the fears, the doubts…"
Literal tears at this point. I have always liked the question “What would you do if you knew, absolutely knew, you could not fail?”; and this is, to me, is another way to ask that question by addressing those things that hold us down and getting rid of them so we cannot fail.
"… Could we spark something, watch it grow, be more wonder filled than we know."
Hope. This is what hope fucking looks like. The mere possibility that by doing something different than what we have always done and accepting that sometimes change IS, not only good, but the best possible thing. We just might create a society and culture that is better than the one we were born into.
I never thought I would be so inspired by a damn Oreo commercial but I have been and I am glad I have seen it. Here Oreo’s; take all my damn money. I hope to help push your profits to double what they have ever been because if you keep coming out with messages like this… maybe, just maybe, some people will change for the better. Their entire wonderfilled movment is fucking amazing! Check it!
And HERE is a playlist of YouTubers making music about Oreo (:
Okay, I know this has already been reblogged once by us but I just noticed something about the trailer. In the first 25 seconds of the video when Hazel is talking about how most sad stories are sugar coated and how nothing is TOO broken and can be fixed with a song. Then she closes her eyes….
If you look at Hazel in the first 22 seconds of the trailer its her fairy tale. She is not a grenade and is healthy and free… then she closes her eyes and it opens up on her oxygen tank. OMG, this just… to quote John Green… WHAT IS AIR??