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Sissy Squats

Bruce Jenner’s The Athletic Body: A Complete Fitness Guide for Teenagers
Jenner and Cobbins
1984

Submitter: This book was weeded from a suburban high school in Georgia. Really everything about this book, including the exercises & title, is outdated. I wonder if Caitlyn would cringe about the ‘sissy’ squats terminology? It could be considered a little offensive in today’s world. My favorite part of the book is the dedication page to “all the future Jenner kids”… who knew there would be so many Kardashian ones as well?!

Holly: Sissy squats? That’s awful! What’s with the kids’ pants on the cover, too? They’re HUGE!

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The Cycle Jumpers

The Cycle Jumpers
Spiegel
1974

It’s time for another Evel Kneivel book. This little paperback is still alive and kicking at a library. This paperback should have been weeded on condition, and evidently the owning library taped it enough to survive a nuclear war. I can’t believe it wasn’t weeded when libraries were went to computers in the mid 1990s. It also has an RFID tag. I would be willing to bet the tag cost more than the book. My favorite part is the blurb on the back cover that says “exciting black and white photos”.

Remember, paperbacks are not intended to last 50 years. This is also geared to kids. Why rescue a paperback that won’t get any play from the kids. Maybe they can read it with Grandma and Grandpa.

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Nude Olympics

The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games
Wels
1995

Submitter: Aside from being 26 years old, I also noticed this had quite an eye-catching image on the frontispiece. Was he performing a Rhythmic Ribbon routine and had a mishap? And what’s with the guy peering in from behind him ?

Notice that the publisher is none other than… Stop & Shop. Weeded from my middle school library.

Holly: I think the nude guy is doing rhythmic ribbon, and the creeper behind him is either waving a flag or checking out the backside. There’s another nude in the bottom left corner. Was nude Olympics a thing 100 years ago?

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Games the Indians Played

The Games the Indians Played
Lavine
1974

Submitter: This book uses outdated and culturally insensitive terms like “redskin.” It contains a decent amount of research from when the author was a teacher on a reservation. He interviewed many of the indigenous people there and I’m sure meant this to be a teaching tool about the culture, but it is a really old book that is now falling apart. Plus, it just gives off vibes of “oh, let’s look at the white man’s view of the savages’ primitive games.”

Holly: I’ve been learning a lot about collection diversity audits recently. While libraries may solely be looking for the percentage of materials about and by BIPOC, they need to use the opportunity to weed inappropriate materials like these. Please, please, don’t just count it as “diverse” and leave it in the collection! Look at the materials closely and audit the content while you’re at it.

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Footy Fan

Footy fan
Vol 1, No. 2 and Vol 1, No. 3
1963

Submitter: Footy Fan – no not that type of podiatric lover – is a magazine from down under for Australian Football. It was dropped off as a donation to this American local public library. This will be kicked over to the for sale cart where I am sure it will walk out the door.

Holly: These are cool, although I doubt most American public libraries have a collection need for them. Yeah – someone will snag them in a sale, though.

Self-Defence for boys and men

Defend Yourself!

Self-Defense for Boys and Men: A Physical Education Course
Tegner
1969

Yikes, this one is an oldie, but a goodie. Over 10 years ago, we ran the lady version of this book Self-Defense for Girls by this same author. This title includes Men and Boys, but sadly the other book is just for girls. I guess the women are just out of luck.

Aside from the fact this book is being held together by tape, and has years of dirt ground into the cover, it’s really old. Separating the boys from the girls isn’t really appropriate in material like this. Yes, women and men have different issues when it comes to personal safety, but combining them into one book would actually be more helpful than having separate books.

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Feminine Football

Football For Women
and men who want to learn the game
Foehr
1988

Ladies! Are you a bit slow when it comes to understanding football? Are you embarrassed to ask a man to explain the game? Well it is time to step up and learn the game, with help from this lovely feminine styled football instruction book. Written especially for women so you can understand the intricacies of this extremely complicated game. I am sure they will use small words to make it easier for feminine minds.