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"Geek girls" and the problem of self-objectification

This is an interesting link making the rounds.

Not much in it about the book world, but it did cause me to flash back to a moment at a book conference earlier in the year at which there was a panel called “Making Nonfiction Sexy.” Also, the confusion and then, anger, I felt as a result. Because why on earth does nonfiction need to be sexy? Why should we want that? By what definition of the word sexy can a genre even be defined as such? It’s ridiculous.

You know? I feel like everything else in the whole world wants to be sexy, and wants me to be sexy, all the time, and it would be nice if there was one goddamn thing that wasn’t sexy, and I feel like the shelves with the presidential biographies would be a fantastic fucking place to start.

Every time a woman suggests that what books need is to be sexier, I wonder why she isn’t as tired as I am of everything being sexy. Doesn’t she want a break from the madness as much as I do?

And every time a man* suggests that books should be sexier, I think, hey, dude, everything is already being geared to be sexy for you. Take your boner and go look at all of the advertising on the television instead. Keep that thing away from my books.

You know what else? Sexy is the lowest common denominator. Sexy is what advertising agencies do when they can’t think of anything clever. I think books can do a little better than that.

Kate Beaton knows what I’m on about. Take it away, Kate.

(This post brought to you by my extreme frustration with the game of cricket.)

*straight man, I guess. If there were more commercials on geared towards gay men I wouldn’t have written this at all and instead would be on YouTube a lot

Filed under still okay with sex pretty sick of sexy

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    All I have to say to this is that my feminist US History professor (who I love to pieces) took care of the sexification...
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  5. jennirl reblogged this from bookavore and added:
    as per usual, she makes a good point.
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    Thought provoking. I’ll tackle this after work.
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    Being sexy all the time is exhausting. Also, who’s to say what’s sexy? For some, a girl in sweatpants reading a...
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    One of the greatest things about this article is that as you read it gives you links so you can READ MORE.
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