People amaze me. I just read some comments on FB (I really should know better) about a video discussing the good and bad of this year’s media in terms of women. One commenter (a woman) said she agree with most but she hated how it meant (paraphrasing here) she couldn’t be sexy.
Another woman agreed with her and said that if she wants to be objectified, she could be. I honestly don’t know if I should laugh my ass off on how insane that sounds or shake my head in disgust that people think it’s “supposed” to be one or the other. Sexy and objectified or valued and respected. Okay, just to be fair, those last two words are mine.
But whatever happened to wanting to be sexy AND respected? Why is any woman willing to accept objectification? I don’t get it.
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Happy Release Day! :)
Thank you, David! :)
A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in December 2013. Check out this month’s new releases below. Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases - but do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere. If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!
It’s release day for I SPY DEAD PEOPLE! I’m feeling oddly excited and unmoved all at the same time. ;)
Disturbia Diaries book #1
Horror movie and junk-food junkie, fifteen-year-old Piper Grimaldi wishes for three things:
- to help her true crime novelist father solve a mystery,
- to settle down and make one town their home, and
- to have a social life, which includes a BFF and a boyfriend (even if she’s not allowed to date for another year).
It looks like her dreams will come true when on the first day in Hollow Ridge, MA, she befriends her next-door neighbor, mauls a cute boy, and spies on teen soap star, Linzy Quinn. But then the boy rejects her kiss, and Piper finds Linzy’s dead body. To make matters worse (as if that’s possible), Linzy’s ghost appears, in full color, and won’t leave Piper alone.
Piper desperately wants to help Linzy move into that darn light, but Linzy’s more interested in seeking revenge on all the people she believes did her wrong … including the person who killed her. If Piper can’t find Linzy’s killer, she just may be the next true-crime victim of Hollow Ridge.
I’m furious with pro-ana people ripping out quotes from Wintergirls and posting them to help others starve themselves. Isolating a line from a book that distorts the meaning of that book is obscene. That’s what book censors do.
Stop that shit now.
Anorexia is the most fatal of all mental illnesses. There is nothing empowering or cute or sexy about it. It’s a disease that kills, ruins lives, and ravages families. I wrote Wintergirls to show the horrifying damage of the disease, and how people struggling with it can reach for help and hope.
A lot of pro-ana people feel lost and depressed and lonely. I understand those feelings. Been there, lived that. They think they’ve found a community that will support them. I understand that, too. But listen up: people who truly support you don’t want you dead.
I don’t care what your body size is. I care about the health of your body and of your soul. I want you to feel supported and loved and valued. I want you to be strong enough to claim your place in the world, and to make the world even better.
Help me reach out to people who are trapped in their eating disorders. Help me reach out to the pro-ana community with love and show them other communities that can help them through rough times.
Let’s stop buying into the bullshit fed to us by media empires and fashion designers and other corporate overlords. Let’s stop hating on each other for the size of our thighs or our butts.
It’s the size of your heart that matters.
PS: To those saying that being against pro-ana is another form of body hate: it’s not. I’m against smoking meth and shooting heroin for the same reasons - they are addictive dangerous behaviors that kill people.
What do you think?