You may or may not have read Ruth Whippman’s opinion piece in the Huffington Post last week, entitled:
Ms Whippman didn’t say anything particularly new or startling or important. It was basically a rant against children’s books for only showing men doing important things, and women looking like domestic drudges, having housework forced upon them. This, she argued, was not a good message for young girls.
Since I have a such a young girl here, I thought I would ask Holly what she thought of these accusations, particularly against books that we had both read, such as those written by Richard Scarry. This is what she had to say.
“Today my mum told me that she had read something on a blog about children’s books. A woman posted up that children’s books were about women not doing anything and the men doing so. She said that Richard Scarry did this which I totally don’t think he did. I do not agree with this lady because books are just about having fun. I have read tonnes of Richard Scarry books and none of them have said that men were better than women. The only thing about children’s books are to read them and enjoy them.”
Do you agree with this lady’s opinion or mine? Write in the comment box underneath!
Warning: some PC-correct individuals might find the following image offensive.
An apparently unhappy family trapped in their gender roles?
An illustration from The Tiger Who Came to Tea, courtesy of thoseweleftbehind.co.uk