hat are boobs for?
One children's book author got the answer to that question really, really wrong.
Alex Frith's puberty book, Growing Up for Boys, came under fire recently when one dad posted a screenshot from the book along with Frith's inaccurate sexist description about the purpose of women's breasts.
We think we know what you're thinking... and it's as rage-inducing as you're imagining.
Growing up, there was no shortage of books like What's the Big Secret?
For moms and dads who went red in the face at the thought of having “the talk,” or for kids who lost the ability to speak when the prospect of asking their parents about puberty or sex came up, these books were a great way to learn the ins…and outs…of the human body.
The best part of these books (besides not having to have awkward conversations with your parents) was that they assured you that everything that was happening to you was "perfectly normal."
Puberty is a tough topic to learn and talk about, especially when you’re actually going through it yourself.
Fans of American Girl Doll books totally remember The Care and Keeping of You.
Remember lying on your bed, flipping through the pages of cartoon naked bodies, with their armpit hair and leg hair and everything flopping about? Good times.
Talking with boys about puberty and sex isn't often as easy as it is with girls.
That’s because toxic masculinity is a thing — boys are not supposed to be vulnerable. They’re not supposed to be curious and unsure. They must appear confident and full of conviction all the time.
Hopefully, that will change. But for the time being, it’s especially important for boys to be able to turn to books when they don’t feel like they can ask an adult about something they’re experiencing.
Published by Usborne Publishing in the U.K., Growing Up for Boys by Alex Frith seemed exactly like one of those books.
Until the part where Frith writes about about what girls' breasts are for.
This book gets women’s breasts so wrong it’s really unbelievable that it was even published in the first place. A book that was supposed to be a helpful, safe space for boys is actually an inaccurate, sexist, tone-deaf tome.
It’s like, really really bad…