AUTHORS: Jennifer Mathieu
Welcome to “The Queer Read!”
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK! Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!
WHY WE PICKED IT: Moxie maybe be a YA novel, but its intelligence, heart, and spirit of activism resonates for anyone of any age. This book celebrates taking a stand, and even though the book isn’t necessarily queer, its themes and ideas are indispensable for all of us in the resistance.
EPISODE AIR DATES: September 19 will be our chat with author Jennifer Mathieu.