Library Links: Gender and Childrens Books

When I read this article, I was struck by how frustrating it is that we are so determined to “gender” books. I would never tell a young girl that she might not like a book, because it is a boy– and that is because, for me, it doesn’t matter… why should it matter in the inverse? A great story– even if it deals with strong female leads, is still a great story.

This article reminded me of a quote from Tina Fey:

That night’s show was watched by ten million people, so I guess that director at The Second City who said the audience “didn’t want to see a sketch with two women” can go s*** in his hat.  [Bossypants, 2011]

No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer

6a00d83451577769e201a3fd3bb83c970b-200wi …The belief that boys won’t like books with female protagonists, that they will refuse to read them, the shaming that happens (from peers, parents, teachers, often right in front of me) when they do, the idea that girls should read about and understand boys but that boys don’t have to read about girls, that boys aren’t expected to understand and empathize with the female population of the world….this belief directly leads to rape culture. To a culture that tells boys and men, it doesn’t matter how the girl feels, what she wants. You don’t have to wonder. She is here to please you. She is here to do what you want. No one expects you to have to empathize with girls and women. As far as you need be concerned, they have no interior life….

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