Posts Tagged ‘Young Women’


Inspiration from a Cell Phone?


Another company has done something brilliant.  I saw THIS in February and thought it was a fluke.  An amazing fluke, but a fluke.  Now this video above.  I have trouble putting words to how amazing it is that Verizon has made this commercial.  Verizon wireless services ~122 million customers in the US as of Q1 2014.** Unless my math is sub par that is >1/3 of the entire US population.

At first the commercial doesn’t appear to be doing anything wrong.  Just a parent talking to their kids and saying things that you would normally say to a kid.  I thought it was going to be a commercial about how you want to keep track of your children.  Then they drop their little fact nugget on you around the 45 second mark and the whole thing changes.

I have a daughter.  I want her to know she can be absolutely anything she wants to be.  If she wants to be a marketing executive, a secretary, a doctor, a sports announcer, a fashion designer, a trash collector, a CEO, a stay at home mom, a call center manager, a call center employee, a stripper, a single store owner, a farmer, or anything else and I will support her 100%.  Even though I know this I also know I am guilty sometimes of telling her to not get dirty, or wanting to protect her.  I try everyday and would like to thank Verizon for a reminder.

Even if Verizon does some other shady things this is one thing they got right.


Whats wrong with YA.


YA or Young Adult novels seem to be the topic of discussion in a lot of literary places.  Some people are defending it, some are flaming it, and some are confused as to just what it really is.  I have several opinions about YA and since it is a discussion that I find popping up on my radar frequently I have decided to share some of my opinions.

What’s in a name?

Why is it called YA? There are two schools of thought that I have seen when it comes to the YA label.  One, the books with the YA tag are specifically marketed to the age range of 12-15 (specific ages may vary a bit). Two, the main characters in the book are of the age range of 12-15 (again ages may vary).

For reasons that seem very obvious to me the second reason is completely crazy.  A book should not be classified by the age of its characters.  One might be able to argue that if the age of characters match the age of readers then they will relate to it better but that is a weak argument at best.

The first reason that books are targeted to that audience at least makes sense but some of these books that have the YA tag deal with heavier and more relevant issues that most so called adult fiction.  I would rather see these books labeled “focused reality” or “real life” books.

Guys don’t read YA?

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