ERIC Number: ED217425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Still Far From Equal: Young Women in Literature for Adolescents.
Many of the most popular books comprising the young adult literature boom--the romances--continue to fail female readers in three ways. First, some of the most frequently recommended books for young adults portray worlds that are almost exclusively masculine. Second, even the books that appear to deal fairly equally with male and female characters are often just updated versions of the old children's readers in which boys do things while girls watch admiringly. Finally, there are those well-written, much recommended novels in which girls do take center stage but in which the female protagonists do not show characteristics most intelligent young readers would wish to emulate. There are some good books with fine young heroines, but there is a need for more good books with attractive admirable, young women characters--young women with some of Nancy Drew's independence and dash, but more realistically portrayed. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Romance Novels
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (1st, Minneapolis, MN, April 15-17, 1982).