Blog of the Day: Avenging Sybil
About the Blogger: Dawn Emerman; graduate of the Master's program at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College; lifelong reader.
About the Blog: Named for the friend in Judy Blume's Forever, who, in Emerman's words, showed that "young women's sexuality is dangerous and will lead to bad consequences." In other words Sybil had sex, liked it, and ended up pregnant in a "who's the Daddy" situation. Avenging Sybil examines young adult literature and its treatment of female sexuality, especially double standards; with a hope towards seeing books in "which sex is a healthy part of a young woman's life and nobody pays an emotional price. Not just the main characters, but all the characters."
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