Happy International Women’s Day.
Have you noticed how the sexy sexy liberal white feminism totally partakes in that thing where they cut up women’s bodies into easily consumable sex objects to sell their products
Gotta make sure we’re sexy and consumable or else its not really liberation
B99 had one serious flaw and not only did they correct it, but they apologized for it. Charles isn’t making excuses for his behavior, he’s straight pointing out his actions and saying he’s sorry for being out of line. Way to be, show.
If what is meant by “making STEM more attractive to women” is to reform working conditions to make them more hospitable to people who have non-work commitments (like children) or just an interest in having a life apart from work, then it is incredibly sexist and insulting to all concerned to assume that this is only of interest to women. I am all for these reforms, but let’s stop acting like they are just going to benefit women, because men have kids and aging parents and hobbies, too.
if your feminism is about forcibly ripping the hijabs off of muslim women while screaming “I’M LIBERATING YOU FROM YOUR OPPRESSIVE CULTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!” then i don’t want!!! any!!! part!!! of your feminism!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every single word of this.
there’s nothing wrong with the bechdel test because something can still be feminist and not pass it. the bechdel test is a series of questions to illustrate a particular point about the lack of women with individual and independent narratives in media.
ok. if you’re in math class and you try to use the pythagorean theorem to solve a calculus problem, you’re not going to get very far. the pythagorean theorem isn’t fundamentally flawed because it doesn’t address every single math issue. your understanding of math is inaccurate and/or incomplete.
the bechdel test isn’t flawed. your understanding of feminist critique is inaccurate and/or incomplete.
i hate that “LOL SO IF WOMEN ARE EQUAL CAN I PUNCH YOU” shit bc 1 in 3 women are abused
y’all are already punching us
the issue is that we’d like you to stop
Last week I hit a nerve with my post about the New York Times YA Bestsellers list.
Pictures above is this week’s NYT Bestsellers List.
People still suggest women “dominate” YA fiction, but I beg to differ. They do better on the YA series list (which is a beast I have yet to look at) but again, it’s worth thinking about what it means when 9 of the 10 NYT Bestsellers are MALE, 4 out of 10 are one single MALE, 2 out of 10 are a close MALE friend of one of those MALES, and the female on the list was connected to the MALE in 4 out of those slots.
Why this worries me is not that it’s John Green. Instead, one reason why it worries me is that when a single TYPE of book dominates a list, then that TYPE of book is what continues to be put into the market. It’s reductive.
The funny thing about the YA list is the bestsellers are largely literary. The series books are something else, and while there are far more women on them than on the regular YA list, they are treated like a different animal—as a friend pointed out, these authors are like Hawthorne’s scribbling hordes. They are producing entertainment, but men are producing the “real” books. You can be a literary writer and be a bestseller in YA fiction—if you are a man.
I’ve said it a million times before, but I really wish they hadn’t combined hardcovers and paperbacks onto one list. First, because the adult side of the industry has about twenty different lists to the children’s four and it just seems unfair and indicative of the general public’s perception of the worth of this side of the industry. Secondly, because paperbacks sell at a different volume than 90% hardcover books. They’re at a lower price point (read: cheaper), making them more attractive and affordable to the casual reader and for in-school adoption. Many state book award lists also wait until paperbacks are available before considering titles, as well. The Book Thief has consistently been on the list for years even before a movie was announced, both because of word of mouth and its adoption into classrooms. (I know Wonder is a rare exception to this—its hardcover has been adopted widely by schools.)
I think the inclusion of e-book sales into the mysterious, secret formula the NYT uses to calculate these lists was supposed to offset the disadvantage pricier hardcovers had of making the list, since most ebooks sell at the same price, or slightly lower, as that of a paperback. Most teens, though, still prefer physical books to e-books. It’s adults that dominate that side of the market. You know what all of these books have in common to my eyes? They’re largely considered adult crossover titles—titles most adults, even the casual readers, won’t feel embarrassed if they’re caught reading because they’re 1) critical darlings or 2) tie-ins for movies that were marketed to them. There’s also probably something to say here about the general population’s view of genre fiction, both adult and YA, but that’s a whole separate topic.
I’ve always thought the overwhelming presence of JG on the list is indicative of how many people are reading TFIOS and then, having loved it, are purchasing his backlist. You cannot avoid TFIOS—it’s everywhere, in every newspaper, in every magazine. The cover doesn’t scream that it’s a young adult book. The number of books consumed yearly by Americans is already so small that it wouldn’t surprise me if people are feeling more secure in spending money on an author they know they love, rather than trying to experiment with new authors.
Just thinking, you know, some thoughts on this fine Saturday.
More interesting commentary, especially this part: “You know what all of these books have in common to my eyes? They’re largely considered adult crossover titles.” I can totally see this, too.
It should also be noted that of the books on this list, only like… two were released in the last year. And I mean literally the last YEAR, not just since the start of 2014.
Which means we’re seeing the same books on this list for almost a year or more (notice length of weeks on list), which means only certain books are getting the NYT Bestseller exposure, which has some impact on sales, which keeps them on the list and makes it difficult for other books to get in edgewise.
Also agree that YA series, largely written by women, are treated like fluffy candy entertainment, while this is the “serious” list.
i have no patience for anyone who brands themself a feminist and does not respect a woman’s personal choices in terms of clothing, gender expression, etc.
if you find things like shaving to be tiresome, by all means, don’t shave, but if you start acting like any woman who picks up a razor blade is so brainwashed by the patriarchy she’s incapable of making her own grooming decisions, you can take your condescending bullshit elsewhere.
(i wish little mix didn’t use their male dancers for “salute”
it feels really disingenuous to have dudes humping the air in the background during a song about women’s independence and solidarity)