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Reproductive Politics in YA Literature

Everyone’s read The Handmaid’s Tale, right? With its dystopian vision of a future where the few women who are fertile are kept like slaves? Well, with reproductive rights being so hotly contested right now, it’s no surprise that the topic is popping up in literature again. This time, YA (Young Adult) novels offer a variety of perspectives on how a disturbing yet plausible future might emerge from our currently debated policies. It makes you wonder… Continue Reading →

Mono-centric Torture Porn

Yes, I kinda just made up the phrase “mono-centric torture porn.” Here’s what I mean by it: a story that dwells on, even fetishizes, the character(s) being forced to choose between two lovers in order to end up in a monogamous long-term relationship. I borrow the term “torture porn” from film reviewers who use it to describe movies that don’t seem to have much going on beyond the gory dismembering and killing happening on screen, since it gets to the point of being gratuitous violence. I also feel like plots that make us sit through a book or film where OMG YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE are gratuitous and sickening. I mean, who would ever write a book or make a movie about someone being forced to choose between their two best friends? Continue Reading →