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Ok so I got this reading list from an LGBT studies class that’s offered at my school. There are other books on that list, but I divided the list up according to context. So, here you go

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Freak Show  by James St. James (2007)

"Billy Bloom is gay, but it’s mostly theoretical, as he hasn’t had much experience. When he has to move to Florida, he can’t believe his bad luck. His new school is a mix of Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes, none of which are exactly his type. Billy’s efforts to fit in and stand out at the same time are both hilarious and heartrending. In this novel from adult author and media personality James St. James, readers are in for a wild ride as he tells Billy’s fascinating story of bravado, pain, and unexpected love, inspired by his own experiences." -Amazon

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (1982)

"This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings." -Amazon

Will Grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan (2011)

"Will Grayson’s best friend since fifth grade, nicknamed Tiny Cooper, is bigger than life in terms of his physical stature and his personality—the "world’s largest person who is really, really gay." Tiny, while seeking the boy of his dreams, has been through the trauma of myriad short-lived romantic relationships and Will has supported him each time his heart is broken. Now, Tiny decides it’s Will’s turn. At first, Will resents Tiny’s matchmaking efforts, but then an amazing coincidence that stems from it brings a new person into their lives. It’s another teen named Will Grayson, who is sad and depressed, and captures Tiny’s heart. While these and other relationships are connecting, intersecting, and eventually changing, Tiny writes and produces an autobiographical high school musical extravaganza that is really about life. On the night it premiers, everything comes full circle and further validates the presence of the Will Graysons. Based on the premises that "love is tied to truth" and "being friends, that’s just something you are," this powerful, thought-provoking, funny, moving, and unique plot is irresistible. Told in alternating chapters from each Will Grayson’s point of view (one in lower case, effectively individualizing identities), complete with honest language, interesting characters, and a heartfelt, gritty edge, this quirky yet down-to-earth collaboration by two master YA storytellers will keep readers turning pages."—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO 

The only book I can speak for is “Will Grayson, will grayson” since that’s the only one I’ve read, but I enjoyed the book fairly well and recommend it to anyone who’s feeling pretty lonely right now actually and doesn’t really know what to do with the people in their life. So I encourage everyone to read these books and hopefully there will be more reading lists to come! 

Loves!

Feminist Reading List: Surviving Trials

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You Can’t Be a Princess” | Journalists from ABC’s “What Would You Do?” planted hidden cameras in a Halloween store and filmed shoppers’ reactions to a boy who wanted a princess costume and a girl who wanted a Spiderman costume.

that video was so painful to watch I nearly started crying at the end;;

(via sutoribenda)

wonderlandsteashop:

Tomboy (2011)

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If anyone has seen this movie, message me with your thoughts and comments. 

edwardspoonhands:

A graphic I’m working on for tomorrow’s Vlogbrothers video. It’s a topic I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time, but have been somewhat afraid of making people angry. Let me know if there’s anything I got wrong. 

So a Swedish daycare center decides to create a “gender neutral” environment for the children in order to create a more equal ground among genders, but some say it may confuse the children about gender and they are suppose to behave. What do you think? 

For anyone who finds Baby Storm’s story interesting, here’s another story on “Baby X”

Setting aside Yahoo! Poll results for a sec, the question does come to mind: can you raise a child to be “gender free” or are boys and girls actually “different”? There is a daycare in Sweden that is attempting to keep everything neutral by not using (fe)male pronouns. Rather, as the tidbit states, they refer to all children as “hen” and call them by their names. 

Setting aside Yahoo! Poll results for a sec, the question does come to mind: can you raise a child to be “gender free” or are boys and girls actually “different”? There is a daycare in Sweden that is attempting to keep everything neutral by not using (fe)male pronouns. Rather, as the tidbit states, they refer to all children as “hen” and call them by their names. 

(via notyourhouse-elf)

I recommend this book to anyone who’s interested about the connection between young girls and pop culture, and how this might be influencing their perception on what it means to be a girl in today’s society.