Wow! That's... um... interesting. Wow!
I don't even know what to say about this book! Wow! Talk about gender stereotypes. When was it written??
That will certainly be one that I will NOT read with my children...
Jill: It was written in 1970. Scary, eh?
I found this book at a garage sale and made the woman give it to me; I wouldn't even pay for it. I've hung onto it all these years, never reading it to the kids, but sharing it with my feminist friends. FInally, I was able to scan it and share it here!
Jesus. That is scary scary.
1970????????? Wow! I was trying to read the copyright date and was wondering if it said 1930. But 1970??? Wow!
Yikes, that is just... wow. I have two girls and this is one bedtime story I definitely will NOT be reading to them! I showed it to my husband and he thought it was hilarious. We went through guessing what the girl thing would be and after "boys fix things" he said "girls break things?" I kind of thought that after "boys are heroes" they would've said "girls are damsels in distress " and had a little girl tied to a railroad track or something. It looks like it was probably dedicated to a brother and a sister. Glad I didn't grow up in that family!
It might interest you to read up on the author, Whitney Darrow - he was actually a satirist.
That is GREAT to know! It makes more sense now, but is kind of a bummer in the shock value arena. ;)
Thanks so much for sharing this info. I appreciate it.
SOME of it was cute- like "Boys are fathers; girls are mothers" and "Boys are grooms; girls are brides". But there was definitely some stereotyping on the career pages for certain!
At least the boy is pushing the stroller? That rarely happened here, LOL.
So ... girls don't eat?
I saw that a while back on http://contexts.org/socimages/. It really is priceless, isn't it?
I thought the book was adorable! Made me smile the whole way through.
I loved the ending--"We need each other." Could we start there and write a new version, going backwards?
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