There is a campaign in the UK at the moment to challenge publishers to remove books called things like "Adventure Stories for Boys" and "Favourite Fairy Tales for Girls". Several publishers have agreed to do this, but there are still a lot of these gender stereotyped books available.
Do you think that children's books should be gender neutral or are you comfortable with certain stories being considered off-limits for boys or girls?
Those "for boys" and "for girls" books really annoy me. It's silly to assume girls won't be interested in stories with lots of action, or that boys won't like a story with fairies. This kind of thing trains children to be more rigid about gender roles, which limits their choices in life.
In a book shop I came across "Bible Stories for Boys" and "Bible Stories for Girls". I thought maybe for the girls' one they might have chosen stories they thought might appeal to girls because they had female characters, but no, as it turned out the books were exactly the same except that one was blue and the other was pink.
I saw the Bible Stories books on Amazon and had wondered how they had decided which storied were for girls and which for boys..... which was bad enough but somehow it seems even worse that they are both the same!
I absolutely think that books should be gender neutral. There's no reason why a girl shouldn't be allowed to colour in a digger if she wants to and a boy should be able to have a princess story read at bedtime without being told that's girly.
Oh boy, did I ever try too hard on this one!!
"Do you think that children's books should be gender neutral?" Brain went into meltdown trying to figure what "neutral sex" they were going to write books in! Well, it's midnight, I'm half asleep, my broom won't start and the dog ate my homework.
We want children to read LOTS. Books should be unisex, universal and CHEAP. Books should not be so ridiculously priced. Reading should be a joy, not a drain on the pocket :(