In honor of Alexandra Duncan’s mission to encourage women to support each other and rid the book world of the notion of the slutshelf, I’m offering a Giveaway. You can win an ARC of Alexandra Duncan’s SALVAGE, an ARC of Megan Shepherd’s HER DARK CURIOSITY, or a hardcover of Anne Greenwood Brown’s PROMISE BOUND – your choice! I will choose 3 winners, and the giveaway lasts a whole month!
I understand that sexualization of people, of genders, is a part of human nature. I also understand that avoidance of sexual topics, revulsion to the sexualization of women in literature, and a desire for women to remain chaste are also parts of human nature – they serve important evolutionary functions. Or at least, they once did.
But no longer. Not with birth control covered by the Affordable Care Act. Not with the state of feminism today. Moralizing the sexualization of women is simply not okay, especially in something as open and accepting as Young Adult Literature.
I have a lot more to say on the subject, but get’s get right to the good stuff. The Giveaway! I couldn’t figure out how to embed the Rafflecopter into WordPress, so you have an extra click to enter. Sorry :P
Thanks to Alexandra Duncan for bringing up this issue and addressing it so well, and to Beth Revis for writing the post that initially brought it to my attention. This is an important issue in bookland right now, and while it may pale in comparison to other women’s rights issues going on in the world, right now, this is still something near to our hearts, our hobbies, our passions, and the lit that we love.