Might be late, but I just finish the first season of True Detective last night.
Andy brought this series to my attention four months ago, when he just came back from the US of A. He of course finished it before me, and keep telling me how enticingly deep it is, and how I would love it, so yeah I give it a try after a month. We watched the first episode, and I was bored.
At first I thought it would be a crime drama like Dexter. FYI, I am not a big fan of Dexter. Of course my taste in cinemas influenced a lot by Andy, so there’s not a lot I can say about it. But the early episode of True Detective looks a lot like a police drama that I can’t stand it.
Until the fourth episode (Andy keep bugging me about it EVERY day, so yeah). He is such an asshole that when I started demanding to watch the next episode, he found something else to watch and we did not watch the fifth episode until two days ago. Three episodes in a row, and I won’t watch it without him.
He begged to stop. Heh.
So we finished the last episode last night, and the closing song keep playing in my head. I can’t find any information about these people sing the song, but I found the song on Archive, so enjoy!
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.By
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Aw fuck yeah!