I could go on a long rant about how in 2012 we shouldn’t be seeing shit like this but I cannot since I am not surprised. I wish I could be surprised but every freaking company does it. I’m not surprised Scholastics does it. We can just add them to the list that uses gender stereotypes to sell their products.
UGH. Of course the “Boy Version” has stuff about surviving a broken leg, a snakebite, a plane crash and survival skills, and the “Girl Version” covers surviving such unthinkable horrors as a fashion disaster, a crush, and a BFF fight. UGH.
It is a sad thing that we here at The Riot were not asked to help write these books. Our Girl Version would have contained:
- How to Survive Through a Shitty, Sexist Band at a Show
- How to Survive “Mansplaining”
- How to Survive Existing in a Bullshit Patriarchal World that Still Publishes Books Convinced that Girls NEED “Fashion Tips” and Boys NEED to be Action Heroes.*
*This chapter would have been one sentence: “Fight back and don’t let anyone drag you down.”**
**This chapter would have also been included in the Boys version.