Thursday, September 23, 2010

Maureen Johnson is a bloody genius

God, I love the internet. I really do.  And not just for pictures of Taylor Kitch.

Oops! Where did that come from? No, I love the internet because occasionally you stumble across someone saying something important. Something you believe in. And you sit there nodding to yourself, thinking, 'Man, I wish I'd said that.' Yesterday I read Maureen Johnson's blog about the supposed crisis in boys' reading, and the fact that everyone seems to think we need more male authors for children. Please have a read here.

Here's my favourite bit:

It was like the penis was literally the magical eleventh finger that allowed you to write, and if I could just GROW ONE SOMEHOW, or imagine it into being, I would gain the abilities I so desired.

Tee hee. Anyway, I'd love to know what you think on the matter. Because I think MAUREEN JOHNSON IS  A BLOODY GENIUS!


  1. Wow, that is a seriously amazing post. And she's so right! My A-level English teacher had a class of 19 girls and 2 boys and so tried to put as many female authors/poets in as possible, but the canon and the curriculum contains barely any female authors so we ended up woth only Mary Shelley and Christina Rossetti.

  2. Hopefully things will change one day! (I have my doubts though.)