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[personal profile] gaudior
Okay, this one I'm not even torn about, I'm just mad.

Munch, by Matthew Van Fleet, is a cute, funny board book with a simple premise: animals have mouths, and do different things with them!

For the most part, these things are value neutral. The mouths nibble, laugh, sing, etc.

For the most part, the animals are animals-- human sorts of facial expressions, but no clothing or other identifying markers, including any signs of gender.

Except for the hippo, who is wearing a pink-and-red bow. What does she do with her mouth? "Some mouths don't know when to shut-- blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!"

ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH.

Why is patriarchy so fucking insidious and omnipresent? How am I supposed to protect my child from this when it's bloody everywhere?

I'm not supposed to protect my child from this; I'm supposed to give them tools so they can recognize it and fight it on their own.

FEH.

For the moment, at least, my mom suggested, and [personal profile] sovay concurred, that a little judicious application of white-out and a grey marker should fix the problem. Fox can recognize and fight sexism on their own when they can, you know, talk.

Sigh.

--R

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Date: 2017-05-27 06:30 pm (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
Yeah, I was going to suggest razoring out that page.

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Date: 2017-05-28 05:38 am (UTC)
conuly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] conuly
Alternatively, a judicious application of glue to the spread will remove both pages while saving the reverse sides.

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Date: 2017-05-28 06:57 am (UTC)
sovay: (Claude Rains)
From: [personal profile] sovay
For the moment, at least, my mom suggested, and sovay concurred, that a little judicious application of white-out and a grey marker should fix the problem.

Especially since if the bow is removed, the hippo who doesn't know when to stop talking becomes the same character as the non-gendered hippo on the last page who talks really loudly. So maybe then you need to read the cub some hippo-positive books (BUT YES THE HIPPOPOTAMUS), but it's not the same problem.
Edited Date: 2017-05-28 06:57 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-05-28 10:53 am (UTC)
mrissa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrissa
I concur with the hippo-positive book idea. Up with hippos.
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