Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
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New Above/Below Competition and The Bitches Drama

The competition to win a few copy of Above/Below has been updated, because five hundred words or less was too much work for people. Oh well. Now its about ragging out on the albums you don't like.


I have also been watching the drama that unfolded when Bitch changed their list of 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader because of complaints in the comments. One of the books taken off the list was Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels, which if you like it or didn't like it, wasn't really the point in the end, I think. Part of the original problem I thought was that for a list that promoted itself as a feminist reader, the word feminist was used rather like an insult at one stage by the author of the list, Ashley McAllister, and that of course they nominated work that they weren't familiar with and then panicked when someone pointed out that there was some touchy material there.

A lot has been said, but mostly, what was sad to see was that a series of books that were listed to encourage young women to read, and to discuss, and perhaps to even disagree with because that, in itself, is the nature of lists, was edited because ignorance and fear on the part of those who made it. Hardly the standard you want to be setting for young women everywhere, I would think.

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