Dear writers (especially in YA & NA),

Lay off:

  • the slut-shaming
  • the suggestions that women who date or befriend womanizers need protecting
  • the kisses and other acts (including anal, oral, or vaginal sex) that female characters say they don’t want from aggressive male characters
  • the continuing complaints of the male BFF that he wants more than a friendship
  • that same BFF actively trying to sabotage the relationship of his BFF and her boyfriend
  • labeling male characters who participate in these activities as “nice guys”

This kind of stuff perpetuates a culture where women are disrespected, are afraid, and believe that their feelings/boundaries do not matter. That they do not matter. It harms anyone who sees the normalization of this crap. And crap is putting it very nicely.
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Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.

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