Warning: Abundance of Stephen Colbert gifs ahead.
If you haven’t heard, BEA announced yesterday that they will be limiting/capping the number of people who can enter BEA this year (2017) in an effort to get the convention back to what it once was; an event for industry professionals and booksellers to be able to network and introduce new authors/books.
While my post here is not focusing on that (and I’m torn on the whole thing anyway. I mean, I get it, I truly do, but also it’s obviously a little upsetting), I’m going to be talking about another piece of that article that states the following:
Excuse me, but why the hell does being a millennial female even matter??? Okay yes, I understand that BookCon is hoping to “broaden that audience in 2017” but what really pisses me off about this is the underlying connotations it brings about the community and women in general.
It’s pretty bold for a convention that, until a few years ago, was only featuring white, MALE, authors and got into a bunch of trouble on social media for not being more diverse. As we all know, there were a few campaigns done and BEA is slowly becoming more diversified.
But that same mentality is not going to fly for “millennial females.” Females have historically and systematically be oppressed and denied access to education. For HUNDREDS of years. Now, when we are taking it upon ourselves, with our freedom (thanks feminism!) to choose what we want to read, how much we want to read, where we want to read, when we want to read-
Well you get the point. We are living in a world where women have always been second best, and sometimes not even that. We, ladies have gone through a LOT of shit and when we finally have something for ourselves, in this case, a convention with a bunch of females coming together to have open and honest discussions about the books we read, that’s clearly a bad thing because there are few males involved.
You know what? Boo freaking hoo. I know there’s this whole concern about boys not reading and that’s why there’s always a call for “boy” books, but I really….can’t gather up any sympathy!!!
Boys/men have everything handed to them on a silver platter in the education field compared to females. We have to work and work and at the end of the day are called “frigid” or “bitchy” while men are “driven” and “committed.” I’m sick of this hypocrisy and I would have thought that Book Expo, a company of its stature and reputation, would have been a little smarter about trying not to piss off the group of people that have made them tons of money in the past few years.
Great job Book Expo. Great job.
Just as an aside: why the f*ck are we gendering books anyway. If a girl wants to read about something not traditionally “girly” you better god damn let her. And same goes for boys. He wants to read something not traditionally “boyish”? WHO. CARES. It’s
going to be twenty fucking seventeen. Grow up Book Expo, and let the females rule.