Young adult books (and films) speak to the part of us whose identity is yet unformed, full of rage and fear and longing.
Awards for bad sex writing are literary slut-shaming.
"It was much, much more fun being absolutely unknown"
"The big thing for me is there’s nothing wrong with escape. Someone who is in a difficult or impossible situation who is offered an unlocked door to somewhere else that they can go through, and they can go through and they can get away..."
The problem is not that we cannot decide whether nearly-naked pop stars are empowered or exploited. The problem is that bland sexual performance is still the only power this society grants to young women