Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Man Up"

"Gender driven."
"Gender specific."
"Appeals to "X" gender."

All these labels mean is that there is some kind of "Do Not Enter" for one gender. A book is written for or by, or featuring one gender in the title role. While I don't care if the main character is male or female, it seems boys have a problem identifying with the opposite gender. They will read Harry Potter, the Heroes of Olympus, Ender's Game or any thing that features another guy, but trying to get them to read Twilight or Jane Eyre or any books where females are the leading character is a battle royale. My own family, consisting of three sons and the hubs, has never read any of my books for that reason. Blonde OPS has Bec Jackson, a 16-year-old girl, but she's cool, she's a hacker. Why doesn't that interest them? And the Sirenz series has a cool bad guy in Hades, and Greek mythology, the same gods in the Percy Jackson stories.

How and why do males become so sexist in their reading while females are more open minded? Maybe if they read more books with females, we wouldn't be quite the mystery they seem to think we are. I think English classes need to balance the scales a bit more and present more books that feature girls and women in leading or at least equal roles.

And the guys should just man up and broaden their horizons--females make up half their world.



  1. okay, I think I've got that whole 'verification' thing removed. I'm not a tech whiz. Ask the guys in my house- I'm constantly complaining about tech problems...

  2. Hi Charlotte, Enjoyed reading through your A to Z posts. My husband is an English literature teacher who believes in exposing our kids, boys and girls to all manner of literary works, so the men in my family have had exposure to a good variety. They often share books with their circles across gender lines. Good way to meet girls I think! Enjoy. Maria

  3. Great post! Food for thought.