Sex in YA, Part 3: Stereotypes
As a refresher, this short series has featured topics about gender and sexuality in YA. Things like taboos and contraception in love scenes have been discussed already, and this time the topic is "stereotypes."
Recently, I read a dissertation about the portrayal of sexuality in "chick-lit" for teens. The findings of the research really made me worry because they pointed out several potentially dangerous stereotypes in regards to gender, sex, and romance. Here are just a few of the stereotypes that the paper pointed out.
1. Boys only want sex and girls only want romance. Relationships consist of girls giving a boy sexual favors and the boy in return providing romantic intimacy.
2. "Good girls" only want romance, and therefore those girls who want sex are bad and dangerous.
3. Boys fall into two categories. The "Good guy" who is handsome, smart, and boring, and the "Bad boy" who is dangerous but much, much sexier and more interesting than a good guy.
These are just a few of many stereotypes the article pointed out and I've noticed others in other genres, too. So my question is, how do you feel about these stereotypes? What other stereotypes have you seen in regards to gender, sex, or romance in YA books? What stereotypes should writers and publishing professionals actively work to destroy?
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