“No one’s serious at seventeen,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud in the 1870 poem “Roman.” When these words part from the pair of pillowy lips belonging to Isabelle (Marine Vacth), the teenaged protagonist of François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful, the audience gets the feeling she has chosen to become a prostitute chiefly to disprove them.
This month, the final book in Karen Sandler's dystopian young adult sci-fi series Tankborn hits the shelves. I profiled the series last year on Bitch as part of a series on portrayals ofgirls of color in dystopia and eagerly awaited the series' third-and-final title, Rebellion.
• Misogyny kills: I'm sure we are all shaken by the death of six people in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday after a 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree. He spent time on men's rights activist websites and posted a YouTube video the day before the shooting saying that he would "slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see." As Jessica Valenti writes in the Guardian: "The truth is that there is no such thing as a lone misogynist—they are created by our culture, and by communities that tells them that their hatred is both commonplace and justified." [Belle Jar, Guardian]