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With the Oscars behind us, here are my top films of 2013. Keep in mind that the list isn’t set in stone – like most lists, mine is subject to change as I grow older, gain new life experiences, watch more movies etc. Ten years from now, perhaps I’ll develop an unreasonable love for The Great Gatsby, or maybe I’ll decide that Cate Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine is not so impressive after all. Unlikely, but maybe. The same goes for the selections on this list, indicating the fundamentally subjective nature of film viewing. And yet I’ll try very hard to convince you of my choices, because I truly believe these movies are worth seeing.
Before I begin, here are some 2013 films I haven’t watched yet and that might’ve stood a chance at making it onto this list: The Past, The Act of Killing, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Beauty, The Wind Rises, The Hunt, and All is Lost.
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:
Become a feminist.
I literally just shaved one leg and then gave up and I feel like this is really indicative of how my life is going rn
Then I remembered that women in England don’t shave their legs but I will be the only woman with strangely hairy arms so yaaaaaay.