rubberbutton: (Wondy)
I found this gem in the Washington Post (the same rag that assured us men are smarter than women): "'Twilight' Sinks Its Teeth Into Feminism"

This is my favorite part:

"Yet on some level, it seems that children may know human nature better than grown-ups do. Consider: The fascination that romance holds for many girls is not a mere social construct; it derives from something deeper. In my research on youth and gender issues, I have found that despite all the indoctrination they've received to the contrary, most of the hundreds of teenage girls I have interviewed in the United States, Australia and New Zealand nevertheless believe that human nature is gendered to the core. They are hungry for books that reflect that sensibility. Three decades of adults pretending that gender doesn't matter haven't created a generation of feminists who don't need men; they have instead created a horde of girls who adore the traditional male and female roles and relationships in the "Twilight" saga. Likewise, ignoring gender differences hasn't created a generation of boys who muse about their feelings while they work on their scrapbooks. Instead, a growing number of boys in this country spend much of their free time absorbed in the masculine mayhem of video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo or surfing the Internet for pornography."

I love the "indoctrination" bit. One of the examples of indoctrination the article's author lists? Dora the Explorer. No, I'm not kidding.

I haven't read Twilight -- I started it, but it didn't really appeal to me (guess it's all that indoctrination) -- I'd love or people who have read it to weigh in.

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In other news, I was reading a book on writing the other day and was perversely amused by this author's note on the acknowledgments page:

"Women usually outnumber men among my students, readers, and friends. I trust they will forgive me for using a male pronoun to stand for both genders. Saying "he or she" repeatedly is a distraction for both writer and reader."

God forbid you alienate those few males in your audience by using the female pronoun. Or even by alternating male and female from example to example.

Oy to the vey.
rubberbutton: (Wondy)

Jesus Christ. It should be satire...but it’s not.

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