Friday, March 14, 2014

Books For Boys And Girls

Boys' & Girls' Book for 1938

People pressurising bookshops to stop labelling books as "for girls" or "for boys" just don't understand: gendered children's books are easier to sell than non-gendered ones.

So that's all right then.


skaempfer said...

“We would never publish a book that demeaned one sex or the other,” he said.

By titling them the "Beautiful Girls'..." and "Brilliant Boys'..." he already has, and if he doesn't see that, he shouldn't be in charge of anything. I'm sooooo sick of woman's role as decorative object while the 'brilliant' boys make all the decisions that are over our wee little heads.

fairyhedgehog said...

I'm totally with you on that one, skaempfer!

I felt the same way when they brought out "pretty" Lego for girls. Hang on a minute, isn't all Lego for girls? Apparently not, because we need everything to be "pretty" (read: pink).

Old Kitty said...

WTF?! LOL!!! Mr O Mara!!! For shame! Who appointed him? Srsly!? Now he's got me writing in txt! LOL! Where's that petition to stop the likes of him carrying on??

Ooooh I need to go and lie down now.
:-) Take care

fairyhedgehog said...

Oh no Kitty! He's got you txstpking! I hope you feel better soon! ;)

Simon Kewin said...

Grrr. As the father of two daughters this stereotyping irritates me hugely. It isn't just book either; it's toys and clothes and everything. Now I don't mind my daughters embracing "pinkness" if that suits them - one does and one wouldn't be seen dead - but who are these people to choose for them?

fairyhedgehog said...

Simon, everyone should be able to choose pinkness or not - at the moment it's thrust on girls but boys aren't allowed it. I had to deal recently with a young girl commenting in a disparaging voice about a boy wearing a pink t-shirt.

And also for cars, swords, meccano, dolls... the list is endless because the manufacturers gender everything. And don't get me started on how hard it is to find dolls that aren't blonde and blue-eyed, or action figures that are female, have moveable limbs (that's hard enough to find) and are non-white.

Sorry, rant over. For now.

skaempfer said...

My girls all want to grow up to be the Mythbusters. Yay! And as for dolls, when they were at that age, we had a lot of monster high dolls. Green skin, blue hair. Works for me.

fairyhedgehog said...

skaempfer, your girls sound wonderful!

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