This is somewhat strange, but it’s good material for a weekend when there’s no other news. At the website of the Daily Mirror, a Labour oriented British tabloid published in London, we found this headline: Mums slam ‘growing up’ book for boys naming the ‘two reasons’ girls have breasts.
Gasp! What are the two reasons? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Parents have been left outraged by a ‘growing up’ book for boys that apparently details two reasons for girls having breasts. [According to some blogger, the book] says that breasts are multipurpose – not only are they for feeding babies, but also to ‘make girls seem grown-up and attractive’.
Your Curmudgeon is stunned! Let’s read on:
The page reads: “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. Virtually all breasts, no matter what size or shape they end up when a girl finishes puberty, can do both things”.
Multi-functional! That’s very interesting. The Mirror informs us:
The title is said to be published by Usborne, which produces numerous books for young children.
Wikipedia has a write-up on them: Usborne Publishing. It says they’re a United Kingdom-based publisher of children’s literature, and we get the impression that it’s a respectable operation. Here’s a link to the publisher’s page for the book. It looks innocent enough.
Then the newspaper says:
As such, hundreds have slammed the material, claiming that it teaches young boys to ‘objectify women’.
That’s horrible! After that they copy a bunch of critical tweets (or Facebook posts, or something), which we’ll skip, and then they tell us:
The overarching sentiment is that the book gives the impression that girls grow breasts for the benefit of their sexuality and attractiveness. Not only this, but it also – by going on to say “virtually all…” – suggests that some breasts aren’t attractive at all.
Oh, how cruel! The story continues:
One reader also shared photos of what is apparently the version of the same book for girls. [Facebook stuff omitted.] This edition says much the same. It reads: “Often the first growing-up change that boys notice about girls is their breasts. .. “…they look attractive; and they’re sensitive to touch.”
This is an outrage! Anyway, that’s where the news story ends, but it’s followed by an online poll where the question is: “Parents, would you use this material to teach your kids about ‘growing up’?” We don’t see any way for readers to know what the current poll results are.
Aside from the virtue — or lack thereof — of those books from Usborne Publishing, we have a question for you, dear reader. If you disagree with what those books say, then what is your explanation of the purpose of those, ah … organs? But we caution you: please be discrete! This is a family-oriented blog.
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