"The negative effects of assigning novels that generally focus on men are subtle, but damaging to the self esteem of the girls that are reading them. It’s a classic example of the hidden (read: sexist) curriculum in our schools, and it tells young women that men are more interesting and that what men have to say carries more value than anything a woman might want to contribute. And all of this affects boys as well. If neither the media nor their English teachers will expose them to the complexity and humanity of women, then what is going to stop them from stereotyping and making kitchen jokes? A diverse education is the key to ending prejudice. And the lack of female authors reinforces the idea that women do not have successful careers, particularly in academic pursuits, which is a stereotype that Jane Austen was battling in the 1700s. How’s that for progress?"
"Because lying to your kids about sex helps nobody. Telling them that sex is “only between mommies and daddies” is a lie that leads to confused, hormone charged teenagers. Telling them that sex is “only something that happens when two people love each other very much” is a lie that causes hormone charged teenagers to confuse “love” with “lust,” or “obsession.” It leads to leaps of logic like, “If I have sex with them, we must be in love.” Or worse- “If I love them, I have to have sex with them.” And how many teenage tragedies are based on that misconception?"