Wednesday, June 11, 2008

slut girl?

I have to say that it's getting to be incredibly difficult to sit at work and write all day ... and then come home and write some more. Moving completely threw me off track! I'm trying to get back into a schedule, but it hasn't been as easy as I thought. Oh, well ... I'm just going to keep going and hopefully I'll get somewhere at some point!

That being said, I had a rather depressing moment at work today. We're working on the promotional material for a book fair this upcoming October, and I was assigned to look up some storybook characters to star in the parade of characters.

Dorothy from "A Wizard of Oz"? OK.
Curious George? Sure.
Harry Potter? No shit.

The depressing part came when I started looking into stories for older children, beginning in fourth and fifth grade, up to eighth grade. The books clearly were marketed for boys or girls. There were few in between. And that's fine ... I clearly remember Nancy Drew and The Babysitters Club, and I realize few boys would be intrigued by those books. But ... Nancy Drew and The Babysitters Club are NOT popular these days. The more mature the books became ... the more mature they LITERALLY became for girls, complete with scantily clad impossibly skinny girls gracing the covers. "Gossip Girl!" "Clique Scene!" "Prom Nights From Hell!"

I had to giggle as I said to myself that apparently Anne Frank, Jo March ... or even Elizabeth Bennett wouldn't be that popular among teen girls these days.

Of course, there are still parents and educators giving children, girls AND boys, proper reading material ... from Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis to Madeline L'Engle and Judy Blume. But come on ... I was a teen girl. I pushed limits. I bought shirts that showed my belly button behind my mom's back. I only read Seventeen for the sex advice. And, quite honestly, I was probably the "tamest" (for lack of a better term) girl growing up. I'm fairly certain around 84% of the girls in my graduating class had an STD of some sort.

Before I left work tonight, I told this to our office manager and we were laughing. She said, "Honestly? I would've never been allowed to read "Slut Girl" ... wait, what is it called?" and we nearly collapsed from laughing. But, quite truthfully, that's not an inappropriate title for what is being marketed to our young girls ... and what's sad/scary is that society lets it happen. We even promote it by basing our movies and TV shows on these books ... and making them #1 on the charts.

With all of the sexual images everyone is bombarded with pretty much daily, why do we have to worry what our young girls read now?

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