- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 2nd edition (December 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193236062X
- ISBN-13: 978-1932360622
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls: A Coloring Book Paperback – December 7, 2004
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If your child likes to color with microfine pencil, maybe they'd enjoy filling in the tiny spaces on these non-crayon, non-appealing illustrations. The cover is well chosen, as it is about the only fun one in the book.
I think they passed around a hat at a senior wimmin's drum circle and in the interest of egalitarian community, printed every single person's suggestion so none would feel excluded. So we have gems like "girls against gender assignment" and "me and tommy got 98% on our man tests. what did you get" and "dad, after we're done cleaning, let's go make some quiche together" plus heartwarming drawings of girl (in wheelchair, of course) shaving boys armpits.
Why cant pc be WITTY? Why can't gender awareness, oh, I don't know, have some clever puns or rhymes?
Eyerolling aside, the kids -- who would love a chance to color boy ballerinas and kick ass girls -- were bored to death.
That is until I noticed the handy worksheet that comes with the book -- imagine how things heated up with the 4-8 year olds when I offered them such hot discussion topics as "what privileges do you or don't you have due to the gender you've been labeled"?
You get the picture. Where is our wiccan Dr. Scarry? Our feminist Dr. Seuss?? Certainly not here.
This book is filled with pictures which are humorousness to us as adults but which could be harmful to children who find it hard enough to connect with their masculinity or their femininity in our grey, gender neutral world. It does not help boys develop into men nor girls develop into women in a healthy way. What is amusing for us as adults is unfortunately being used to hurt kids.
I do not know the authors so I do not wish to accuse, but I do wonder if this was just humour gone wrong or if it was politically motivated to introduce transgenderism to children.
I write as a parent of four... two sons, two daughters.