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Home Repair for the Ladies

Home Repairs Any Woman Can Do coverHome Repairs Any Woman Can Do

Submitter: [This] book so obviously dismisses females as able to perform home maintenance. Besides that, the book seems to contain useful information for any homeowner not exactly knowledgeable about construction, plumbing, electrical wiring, and such, regardless of gender. I would not say your “average” male is completely up to code on his TV repair skills either, even accounting for the time period!

Holly: This was a great choice for a public library in 1973 (although I’m not sure the community college in which it was found was ever the ideal place for it). It could have been weeded by the early 1980s at the latest. What was probably empowering in the 70s is demeaning and insulting today.

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One or the Other

You're either one or the otherYou’re Either One or the Other: A Children’s Book About Human Sexuality

Submitter: I rescued this from a community fundraiser/second hand book sale. Omg… I don’t think I need to explain.

Holly: Hergie’s illustrations are so darn cute that Joy Wilt’s books can easily be overlooked when weeding. Here’s a great example of why you need to look at the content as closely as the use and condition of an item when weeding. In 1980 in my hometown, no one would bat an eye at this at the public library. We’re a more enlightened species now.

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Gender Specific Survival!

Survive Anything cover

How to Survive Anything: Girls Only
Stride, Geremia, and Jones

How to Survive Anything: Boys Only
Oliver and Ecob

Submitter: I came across these two gems in the non-fiction section. According to the covers, they should be mirror images of each other, right? Both girls and boys doing awesome things. Maybe some school survival stuff. Maybe some non-school-related survival stuff. But the contents of the book were quite a different story.

According to these books, here are things boys can survive:
-a shark attack
-a plane crash
-an earthquake
-whitewater rapids
-a swarm of bees

And here are things girls can survive:
-a bff fight
-a fashion disaster
-truth or dare

To be fair, both books have “how to survive a zombie attack.” But what is the point of these matching books? That girls shouldn’t (or couldn’t) know how to survive disaster situations? That boys don’t have to know how to pass a test? This baffles me.

Oh, an addendum: upon closer inspection, in the zombie survival chapter, the boys’ book suggests hitting the zombies with baseball bats, while the girls’ book encourages running away. Ugh.

Holly: Kids in the “cooties” stage (who hate all things about the other gender) go for girls only/boys only kinds of things. I am surprised, in 2012, that this is so blatantly sexist, though. What a missed opportunity, Scholastic. I do like the comic book layout, though, which is appealing to kids.

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