8-year-old gets sexist kids' books yanked from bookstore

Constance Cooper sez, "My 8-year-old daughter spotted some incredibly sexist kids' books in a bookstore, and got them removed by the management. Warning: looking at the section headings of the books may raise your blood pressure."

For boys:
How to Survive a Shark Attack
How to Survive in a Forest
How to Survive Frostbite
How to Survive a Plane Crash
How to Survive in a Desert
How to Avoid a Polar Bear Attack
How to Survive a Flash Flood
How to Treat a Broken Leg
How to Survive an Earthquake
How to Survive a Forest Fire
How to Survive in a Whiteout
How to Survive a Zombie Invasion
How to Survive a Snake Bite
How to Survive If Your Parachute Fails
How to Survive a Croc Attack
How to Survive a Lightning Strike
How to Survive a T-Rex
How to Survive Whitewater Rapids
How to Survive a Sinking Ship
How to Survive a Vampire Attack
How to Survive an Avalanche
How to Survive a Tornado
How to Survive Quicksand
How to Survive a Fall
How to Survive a Swarm of Bees
How to Survive in Space

For girls:
How to Survive a BFF Fight
How to Survive Football Trials
How to Survive a Breakout
How to Show You're Sorry
How to Have the Best Sleepover Ever
How to Look Your Best for a Party
How to Survive Siblings
Scary Survival Dos and Don'ts
How to Handle Becoming Rich
How to Keep Stuff Secret
How to Survive Tests
How to Survive Shyness
How to Handle Sudden Stardom
More Stardom Survival Tips
How to Survive a Camping Trip
How to Survive a Fashion Disaster
How to Teach Your Cat to Sit
How to Turn a No into a Yes
Top Tips for Speech-making
How to Survive Embarrassment
How to Create a Diversion
How to Survive a Crush
Seaside Survival
How to Soothe Sunburn
How to Pick Perfect Sunglasses
Surviving a Zombie Attack
How to Spot a Frenemy
Brilliant Boredom Busters
How to Survive Truth or Dare
How to Beat Bullies
How to Be a Brilliant Baby-Sitter

How my 8-year-old daughter got some sexist kids' books yanked from the bookstore (Thanks, Constance!)

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  1. New additions for banned book week - getting books taken down for sale is OK when they interfere with my personal viewpoint edition.

  2. Exactly. Although as some on here already said, banning something they disagree with is A-OK. Cause you know, it could never work the other way.

    In other news, dumb girl-pink VS boy-blue stereotypes is now classified as "horrific" instead of just ass-backwards and deserving of mockery.

    Here's an idea for the parent to actually do some valuable parenting:
    Have some brains and buy your daughter both books. Let her know that "knowledge" doesn't care about whether you're a girl or a boy, and that it's up to her to define the kind of person she wants to become. Instead you threw a helicopter-parent tantrum and showed her that dumb ideas are scary and must be banned to keep from harming our fragile little minds.

  3. Teaching your child to recognize sexism: Very important!.
    Teaching your child to ban books they don't agree with: Who could put a price on something as wonderful as that?


  4. For once, it is. Somebody else is deciding what other people should read. You don't like the books, don't buy 'em. If the store owner doesn't wanna sell 'em, great. But if you or your kid think they're worthless, how does that give you or your kid the right to decide that for everyone else?

    It doesn't.

    Does the "nearby employee" have the right to make that decision? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on how much discretion that employee is given by the employer to decide what gets stocked and what does not. The article does not make that clear. In any case, I'm slightly taken aback that an American author (of all people) thinks this was the appropriate course of action.

  5. So, is this a good summation of your opinion:

    All bookstores must sell all books.
    If a bookstore finds out that some of its customers do not like a particular book that the staff of the bookstore also do not like, they must continue to sell it anyway, since they must carry all books ever printed.
    If a customer does not like the fact that a bookstore has a particular book that the customer finds offensive, the customer must quietly leave the bookstore. S/he is free to go to another bookstore, but this store must also have all books in it.
    And all bookstores must be very damn large in order to not make any choices about what books go on their shelves and instead stock all titles ever published.

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