The YA Diet

March 27, 2014 | 2 books mentioned

From Hunger Games‘s Katniss to Divergent‘s Tris, today’s YA heroines are confident, intelligent, powerful, and always skinny. At The AtlanticJulianne Ross argues that this scrawny stereotype ends up belittling the heroines’ independence and strength. “Just as women are expected to be sexual but not slutty, pure but not prudish, heroines should be strong but not buff.”

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

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