The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.
The problem is the boys, not the books oor the authors. The problem is teen males don’t read at all. A report from the US DOE shows that “Male scores declined in (literacy)while female scores increased http://1.usa.gov/1llHkH2 . That means that over the last two decades, male literacy has dropped, while female literacy has risen. Data shows females are getting smarter while males are getting dumber. While it is wonderful that female literacy rates are rising, it is a problem that male rates are dropping.
Having half the population undereducated (not matter which half it is) is not a good plan for the future.So those of us who advocate for teen males having something to read aren’t advocating pushing anyone aside We certainly don’t think that we can raise literacy rates by kicking anyone out of YA. We are just looking for something for the future dumbasses to read.
One of the reasons that YA exists at all is because in the 60s and 70s, teachers wanted a literature that appealed to their students by putting those students in the stories they read. We all know how powerful that is. It is not anti-feminist to ask for more books that males will pick up easily, and it is not treating females as appendages to ask publishers and booksellers to include a wider variety of genders in the books they sell, any more than it is anti-white to suggest that books feature more diversity and people of color. While the idea that we teach males to read and understand the beauty of a female narrator is a wonderful goal, it will not in and of itself solve the problem of declining literacy.
With the advent of ebooks, the shelves of the modern bookstore are without end. No one needs to be pushed aside so that others can be included. There is room enough for us all.