"Reading Harriet the Spy today as an adult, I find a queer subtext throughout. Not only is Harriet the quintessential baby butch, but her best friends, Sport and Janie, run exactly contrary to gender stereotypes. Sport acts as the homemaker and nurturing caretaker of his novelist father, while Janie the scientist plans to blow up the world one day. It was as if Fitzhugh was telling us kids back in the sixties that you didn’t have to play by society’s rules, the first lesson a queer kid has to learn in order to be happy
posted by mokin
on Mar 30, 2013 -
asked if YA novels today are too dark- with abuse, violence and depravity. A YA writer took it literally and researched
the color distribution and demographic of young adult novels.
posted by ichomp
on May 17, 2012 -
YA authors asked to 'straighten' gay characters.
Two YA authors posted about their unhappy experience
with trying to find an agent for their book that includes gay characters. Soon, a representative of the previously unnamed agency (though also not the actual agent in question) posts a rebuttal
. Debate flies back and forth in the comments, on Twitter
, and on various blogs, with writers coming forward with their own experiences. (1 2 3
, among many others.) Cleolinda has a detailed and informative summary
of the whole situation. (Previously.
posted by kmz
on Sep 19, 2011 -