Jada Gohdes

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Honors Thesis


Young adult literature is a reflection of Western norms and standards that allow rape culture to flourish; however, the young adult literature produced in the last ten years indicates a change in the direction and is pushing blame onto the perpetrator rather than the victim. The next change needs to cultivate young adult literature that writes into history the actions that our society must endorse. Instead of young adult literature that focuses on an ambiguous ending, as the stories do today, they need to end on the idea of perpetrators being persecuted. By doing that, new social norms will be implemented, and the effect this new wave of young adult literature will have on young adults, specifically young men, will change the way the Western society views consent, rape, and sex in general.

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