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2011, and we're still taking steps back.

Because of school and work, I haven't spent a lot of time reading the Blogosphere, but every so often I still hear rumblings when something important happens. Recently, Bitch Media posted a list of 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader. Evidently, three of the books listed were ... unpopular. (Sisters Red, Living Dead Girl, and Tender Morsels. These three books were replaced with three less objectionable (all quite good, but definitely more safe) titles.

I haven't read all the books, but I have read Lanagan's Tender Morsels, a very brave book, and am amazed at the rationale for pulling this book: "... because of the way that the book validates (by failing to critique or discuss) characters who use rape as an act of vengeance." Really? Wow. I didn't get that when I read the book at all.

Other than providing this brief summary for those who missed the incident, I don't have anything useful to say here right now, at least not today. Too upset. However, here are links to Elizabeth Scott's blog entry and Margo Lanagan's blog entry.

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As a side note, I am greatly impressed with Margo Lanagan. I know she has caught a lot of grief for Tender Morsels and she has always stood by her book. There's a lot to learn from her.

I also appreciate the writers who asked that their excellent books be removed from the list because Bitch Media chose to give in and pull the books.

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