- Exhibit A is breathtakingly sexist (and deeply problematic in terms of race and disability) in the way it talks about the protagonist and YA in general. The others all feature exclusively white men--three in People (B), two in Entertainment Weekly (C), three in the Wall Street Journal (D). And then some guy ranted in the Telegraph about how those read-women/POC reading challenges persecute white men, because won't anyone think of the white men?
- So, why are people so touchy about sexism and diversity?
- — Anne Ursu (@anneursu)Sat, Mar 14 2015 21:43:42Exhibit A in why YA authors might be upset about sexism (to begin with), this review of MOSQUITOLAND http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2015/03/11/mosquitoland-book-review/24669245/ …
- — Olivia Waite (@O_Waite)Thu, Mar 12 2015 22:41:27
- — Anne Ursu (@anneursu)Sat, Mar 14 2015 21:50:08On that USA TODAY review of MOSQUITOLAND, here's @debreese on "war paint." … http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2015/03/david-arnolds-cherokee-protagonist-in.html …
- — Anne Ursu (@anneursu)Fri, Mar 13 2015 00:02:31Whenever a reviewer says a writer has “distinguished himself in the young adult landscape," I’d like to see his annotated bibliography.
- — Anthony L. Isom (@MrIsomWrites)Fri, Mar 13 2015 00:52:57@anneursu True. People Mag ought to have mentioned BONE GAP or NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. How society views YA ("too many girls") is awful.
- — Beth Revis (@bethrevis)Sat, Mar 14 2015 22:07:57What the fresh hell POS is this?! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11470985/Are-you-reading-too-many-books-by-straight-white-men.html … (via @booksmugglers) COME ON SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY?
- — The Book Smugglers (@booksmugglers)Sat, Mar 14 2015 22:28:47Articles like these are exactly why we should not shut up and "BE KIND" when discussing sexism in publishing. No, we should BE FURIOUS.
Some Exhibits in YA coverage
Exhibits A-D of sexism in MSM coverage of young adult books in the last couple of weeks.
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