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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.


The Problem is Not the Books, Saundra Mitchell (via silverstags)


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The Voyage to Better Hair

I successfully make my own shampoo, finally, and it works!

I have tried to make my own shampoo because I became really anxious about my hair after worked at a beauty school for some time. Not because I became all nutrition savvy, but because they dye my hair a lot, and bleach my hair for more than an hour one time. I thought my hair was in the point of no return. Andy calmed me down and told me each day that my hair is just fine, that it will grow back, bla bla bla, but my hair was very dry and it looks like corn flower.

I stopped using shampoo and seek for all-natural substitution, but usually Andy just call me hippie and I lost my precious snuggle time during the night. I tried to get long term solution, so I seek for the easiest ingredient I can find.

First, I only rinse my hair with lemon/lime water. It is good, but I got stuck with pulps on my hair, and they attract dirt so when I scratch my hair my nails are just black. Real gross.

The the stale bread phase. I only condition my hair and rinse it with beer for awhile, and it felt really good on my hair (though easier to get dirty). But the smell! Too strong and stay for days that Andy avoid me when he was sober.

Next was what he called sandwich hair. You probably has guessed, I use mayonnaise. And I hate myself. The smell was really strong even when I am rinsing it. It only last for 3 days because Andy banned me from the room.

Then I tried egg-yolk, and I like it. It smells terrible, but you can feel the effect almost right away: my hair feels really great. I will keep doing it. I just need to apply oil before I apply the yolk on my hair, so it will be easier to rinse. I need soap/shampoo for this one to get rid of the smell.

And finally this awesome recipe! I mix gelatin, egg-white, ammonia, and alcohol. The experience with mayonnaise makes me worried that the egg white would make my hair smells like… well, egg. But adding fragrance just remove the smell. I will try to add lime/lemon water and see if it works better. For now, I am happy with this discovery. :D

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I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book. By Beth Revis (via observando)