Is This Book Sexist?

We believe women are equals.

We hold that truth to be self-evident.

Apparently, that’s a novel idea if you’re from a bygone era or an archaic cultural background. We understand. It took us a while figure out that we were idiots. Chauvinism has been around for ages and while we don’t have degrees in Women’s Studies, we’d like to think we can spot misogyny when we see it. But rather than pontificate about whether or not something contains sexual prejudice, we think the community should weigh in, on a case by case basis, about the things we observe on the Internet so we can learn to identify such instances.

Let’s start with a book we found titled I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl! We think you should decide for yourself if it contains negative stereotypes or not. Honestly, and to be fair, you should assess it for both sexes in terms of overtones. That’s only equitable.

So, let’s take a look…

  • I’m Glad I’m a Boy, I’m Glad I’m a Girl 1 of 19
    I'm Glad I'm a Boy, I'm Glad I'm a Girl
    At the outset, it seems like this book would be a great way to celebrate our unique identities. But let's take a closer look.
  • Inside Cover 2 of 19
    Inside Cover
    Whitney Darrow, Jr. was born in 1909 and passed away in 1999.
  • Boys Have Trucks 3 of 19
    Boys Have Trucks
    Yes, some of us do. I don't. I have a sedan. Can girls drive trucks?
  • Girls Have Dolls 4 of 19
    Girls Have Dolls
    Equally useful, girls actually have dolls instead of trucks. They have miniature versions of human beings. Much too busy to have things like trucks, girls are.
  • Boys Can Eat 5 of 19
    Boys Can Eat
    I know I can. I love eating. But what about girls?
  • Girls Can Cook 6 of 19
    Girls Can Cook
    Well, okay, sure. I've met women and girls who know how to cook. But I too can cook, Mr. Darrow, Jr.
  • Boys are Football Players 7 of 19
    Boys are Football Players
    Wait, a minute. Boys are football players? I wasn't a very good one. I enjoyed hitting people without pads too much. Also, have you seen this female football player: CLICK HERE AND BE CORRECTED!
  • Girls are Cheerleaders 8 of 19
    Girls are Cheerleaders
    Listen, I've seen some amazing male cheerleaders in my day. What is this book all about? Just wait...
  • Boys are Pilots 9 of 19
    Boys are Pilots
    I've never heard a woman come on the loudspeaker on a commercial airliner but, HELLO, Amelia Earhart?!
  • Girls are Stewardesses 10 of 19
    Girls are Stewardesses
    Update: They are no longer called stewardesses. They are flight attendants. And if you've seen "Passenger 57" then you know they can kick some ass.
  • Boys are Presidents 11 of 19
    Boys are Presidents
    Oh, here we go. Yes, men are doing such a great job of it right now. Thanks men!
  • Girls are First Ladies 12 of 19
    Girls are First Ladies
    Unless you are Hillary Clinton, and then you're a badass, concussion-sustaining stateswoman who doesn't back down when misogynistic swine tell her that women can't vote or have rights to their own pursuits. I would love to see a Stay-At-Home dad First Husband. I think my wife should run for President.
  • Boys Fix Things 13 of 19
    Boys Fix Things
    Not in my house they don't. I break things. You're shocked. I know.
  • Girls Need Things Fixed 14 of 19
    Girls Need Things Fixed
    Yes, like any sane person who values their possessions or doing their job or getting the show on the road, they like when things work. But they also fix things.
  • Boys are Heroes 15 of 19
    Boys are Heroes
    Yes, yes we are... when we're not being cowards or villains or bystanders, we are. You're right. But what about girls?
  • Girls are Heroines 16 of 19
    Girls are Heroines
    Despite the image, this one is spot on. Girls are capable of great things.
  • Boys Build Houses & Girls Keep Houses 17 of 19
    Boys Build Houses & Girls Keep Houses
    Well, I didn't have the heart to tell you earlier, but I can't build a house. And my wife is pretty messy... so... This one is not a "not so much" from me.
  • I’m Glad You’re a Girl & I’m Glad You’re a Boy 18 of 19
    I'm Glad You're a Girl & I'm Glad You're a Boy
    I can get down with this. I'm glad people are who they are... if that's what you mean. Except for people I dislike, then I don't like much about them at all, gender notwithstanding.
  • We Need Each Other 19 of 19
    We Need Each Other
    So, I can't tell if this is a poignant human story or a cry for predetermined sexual roles and heterosexual proselytizing. We do need each other. Not for everything mind you, but we, people, need each other.

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The book reads like it was written in 1950 but was in fact written in 1970. Fascinating!

 What’s your verdict? Leave a comment below and let us know if you think the book unfairly depicts men and women.

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