When you’re a girl you grow breasts for men. At least according to a new children’s book for boys.
A children’s book called “Growing up for Boys” says: “Girls have breasts for two reasons. One is to make milk for babies. The other is to make the girl look grown-up and attractive.”
So, this means that a girl’s breasts actually only grows, because boys will look at them one day and find them beautiful? No, wrong. There are two jobs for the breasts. They will make milk as well.
This is 2017, but it seems like the writer of the book was brought up in 1917.
— Man vs Pink (@ManVsPink) August 27, 2017
Simon Ragoonanan, a blogger with the popular website Man vs Pink, flagged the (so-called) children’s book on Facebook and wrote:” Attractiveness is not a ‘purpose’ of breasts. The only ‘purpose’ is to produce milk. Any attractiveness is learned, cultural behaviour.”
Ten points to Simon Ragoonanan, who clearly grew up not reading books like Usborne’s “Growing up for Boys.”
As we’re not living in a Handmaid’s Tale society, the book has received some backlash and criticism. The author Alex Frith said that they would revise the section on female development, and a spokesperson from Usborne Publishing was forced to put out an apology: “Usborne apologises for any offence caused by this wording and will be revising the content for reprinting.”
What does this mean?
But how did this book get so far in the first place? Why did a grown up man sit down and write this kind of sexism? And why did Usborne publish it? It raises some questions about todays society. Are we even where we think we are? We like to think that equality rules today, but does it really though? Are we free? Are we equal?
People slam feminists for fighting a fight that’s well over, but when books like this are being made, then how can we claim to live in a society were boys and girls are equal? When someone tries to teach the next generation that one gender develops body parts for the purpose of another gender – then where are we at?