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8-Year-Old Gets Sexist Books Pulled From Bookstore

8-Year-Old Gets Sexist Books Pulled From Bookstore

By Sara Jonsson

So get this: There's this eight-year-old girl in a book store with her mom, and they're browsing—you know, reading stuff, walking around, living life to the fullest of their human potential—and this girl goes into the YA section to pick out a book, and she comes across an absolute abomination, as reported by Jezebel. Before her, on a shelf, at eight-year-old height level, are two sets of books. One is a set of Girls Only Survival Guides and one is a set of Boys Only Survival Guides. On one cover, a boy is confronting a crocodile, and on another a girl is fixing her hair and wearing a mini skirt; on yet another, a girl descends a zip line while talking on a pink cell phone (SURVIVAL!). That's when this amazing eight-year-old girl went, "HOLD UP, this is mad sexist." Then she read some of the other garbage titles available, including the Boys Only "How to Survive a Forest Fire," and the Girls Only "How to Look Good for a Party!" Let's play spot the difference for a minute:

For boys we have:

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

Meanwhile, girls learn:

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

WHAT DO US GIGGLY GIRLS DO IF WE RUN INTO A POLAR BEAR, OR OUR PARACHUTE FAILS, OR WE RUN INTO A POLAR BEAR WHILE OUR PARACHUTE IS FAILING????????????

Here's something that really bums me out: When I was eight years old, I don't know that I would have discerned the blatant sexism of these book covers. It's really encouraging that this little girl recognized that these books were excluding her gender from reading anything that wasn't fashion or emotion-related. She was so upset she told an employee, who awesomely and immediately pulled the books from the self and gave her a coupon for a free book. Apparently, she was still fuming when she got home, so her mother helped her write a book review on Amazon UK. We just love her to death.

What do you think about these book series? What would you do if you had to babysit a swarm of bees?

[via Jezebel]

Topics: Books, Life
Tags: books, sexism, real life, ya books, gender equality, gender issues

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About the Author
Sara Jonsson

Sara Jonsson is a Brooklyn-based writer, storyteller, and comic-book-movie lover. She can sometimes be found hosting variety shows, or writing web series about girls waiting in bathroom lines. She is from Montana and and dreams of one day interior designing ranch houses for a living.

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