Anonymous asked: OooOooOh what is this "Apparent Wind" book?!
It is just the beginnings of a draft right now––not an actual book or anything––but it’s something that’s not young adult.
10. The definition of “slut” is just as loaded and confusing as the definition of “virgin.”
The word “slut” is more about shaming a woman and taking away her agency than actual sex. A woman doesn’t need to be having sex to be called a slut. If her sexuality or perceived sexuality deviates from the norm in any way, a woman can easily be labeled as one. Shechter explains in her film how confounding the term really is: “We’ve all been someone else’s idea of a slut. Even being abstinent doesn’t give you immunity.”
I remember reading a review of Something Like Normal in which I was called out for slut shaming. Except, no. Paige and Lacey are both girls who own their sexuality, but it’s Lacey who is considered a slut while Paige is not. And even Harper––like the passage above––wasn’t immune. She was labeled a slut even when she hadn’t done anything more than kiss Travis. Why? Because when he lied people believed him. I didn’t write Paige and Lacey to inflate Harper’s worth––she doesn’t need that because she’s excellent all by herself––I wrote them because this is the kind of shit girls go through all the time.
Why do you put your self-esteem in the hands of complete strangers?
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I close my eyes as [he] curls up behind me, his warm skin smelling like smoke and sweat and maybe even the rain itself. My body shifts from soft with sleep to wide-awake want––and I’m unsettled by how quickly it happens. Even without him saying a single word.