"As much as adults claim that we live in a hypersexualized world — another argument made against books like Anderson’s or Alexie’s — it is the adults themselves perpetuating hypersexuality. Using labels like “child pornography” and comparisons to Fifty Shades in relation to books that are about rape and books that bring up masturbation respectively does precisely this. No matter how safe or healthy or important YA books that tackle issues relating to sexuality may be, that’s never the discourse. Instead, the discourse is how teens are growing up in a world that profits off their budding sexuality and sells it to them constantly.
It’s never about how books like Anderson’s offer safe and healthy and vital stories about what happens when someone is raped and silenced. It’s never about how those scenes in Alexie’s book show the true experiences of teen boys like Junior are normal and simply what boys (and girls!) do when they’re teenagers.
Alexie’s book isn’t even about sex. It’s not about masturbation. It’s about racism and growing up in a world that doesn’t accept you with the skin color or the ethnic heritage you have.
It’s hypersexualization to call it Fifty Shades for kids."