Last week, I posted about what I considered the best feminist children's book ever.
This week I'm taking you in the opposite direction, as I have caught wind of what could possibly be the worst book to get your little girl (or boy). It's called Maggie Goes On A Diet. It's about a little fat girl who goes on a diet to fit into a pretty pink dress and becomes popular and plays some soccer.
Can we get a big, collective, face palm right now?
It's about a 14-year-old girl, but the book is aimed at the 4-7 age bracket. BRING EM YOUNG. Let's look at some of the problematic messages:
Thinness is the ticket to popularity.
Only thin people are athletic.
You are valued for your appearance.
The comments and tags that are going up on the Amazon site for this page are heartening though. It looks like people are getting that this is a craptacular lesson to be sending to little kids. I somehow think this book isn't going to be doing any great amount of sales.
I don't mind saying, for anyone who does buy this for their kids, I hope something very large and pointy falls on them from a great height.
Myself? I wouldn't be caught dead. I'd rather read my kids "Go The Fuck to Sleep"
It'd be less damaging in the long run.