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“Murder Me…Become a Man”: Establishing the Masculine Care Circle in Young Adult Dystopia by Jessica Seymour.

This source looks at the different way male YA-dystopian characters care for the people around them. New-age YA dystopias show masculine gender performance in a caring role as opposed to the arrogant fighters typical of other media. The characters form a “care circle” of whom the male will care for. This “care circle” is different than the more common “justice perspective” which is a more masculine trait that is concerned with the greater good. The men in YA dystopia don’t exhibit the traits of hyper-masculinity so often seen in other literature. This source examines how gender roles compare between YA dystopia and other genres. This comparison will be important when looking at literature intended for different age groups. It gives plenty of examples of different male characters in YA dystopia, how they interact, and what the effect is on the reader. One thing to remember when reading this source is that it only looks at YA dystopia so it will be important to make sure that other sources are looking at literature/media that is aimed at both younger and older audiences. This source seems really credible. I didn’t detect any bias in the author’s voice, Reading Psychology is reputable, and it’s very up to date, being written last year. The source uses lots of textual evidence to support its claim, and is great to use to find parts of novels that have examples of the “care circle” being cared for. It moves through each facet of the relationship between a male character and his care circle, examining how the care circle is created, and the different relationships between the male and everyone he helps care for. The projects that I saw in the conference presentations that would directly benefit from using this source include Fatma’s, Matthew’s, and Teresa’s.

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