"I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high."

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”

Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.

And guys don’t understand why she was upset.

Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.

(via nosuchthingasfiction)

(via apihtawikosisan)

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THE ULTIMATE TEEN MOVIE MASTERPOST (80s - present)
1980s:

fast times at ridgemont highlast american virginthe outsidersprivate schoolrisky businessrevenge of the nerdssixteen candlesthe breakfast clubferris bueller’s day offpretty in pinkstand by medirty dancingstand and delieverheathersbill and ted’s excellent adventuresay anything

1990s:

bill and ted’s bogus journeydazed and confusedcluelessmallratsromeo and julietcan’t hardly wait10 things i hate about youamerican pienever been kissedshe’s all that

2000s:

bring it onthe virgin suicidesnot another teen movieamerican pie 2how highsave the last dancea walk to rememberswimfanamerican weddingfreaky fridaywhat a girl wantsthe girl next doorsleepovereurotripnapolean dynamite13 going on 30mean girlsa cinderella storyfriday night lightsconfessions of a teenage drama queenaquamarinejohn tucker must dieshe’s the mancharlie barlettjunosuperbadsydney whiteanother cinderella storynick and norah’s infinite playlistdrillbit taylorsex drive17 againi love you, beth cooper

2010s:

easy ait’s kind of a funny storythe last songpromproject x21 jump streetpitch perfectthe perks of being a wall flowerthe first timewarm bodiesspring breakersthe bling ringthe to do listthe spectacular now
kclogg:
superduperdizz:

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