Archive | May 2015

Gender in books and book marketing… Concerned?

The thing is a lot of little girls DO actually like the pink and the frou-frou, and I’ve certainly seen little boys who love machinery and other stereotypical ‘boy stuff.’ Is it wrong to highlight the pink as pink? And the blue as blue? Would girls really stay away from things for boys just because they are labeled as such? I would be concerned about boys who don’t feel comfortable reaching for the ‘girlish’ things. They should be encouraged to do what is natural for them, whatever it is. But the ‘girlish’ will still be the ‘girlish.’ And if that is what a boy or girl wants, why change it? Why not, instead, just embrace it all? The strictly pink or blue, the purple, the neutral yellow, etc… And encourage children to be whoever they are.

But, what do you think?? I’d love to hear thoughts from readers, parents, ex-children… I’m only two out of three. 😉
http://www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk/time-to-let-books-be-books/

The new little princess has a very pretty but quite annoying name.

At least, that is how I feel about it. And, despite all the loads of gushing on Facebook about how touching the name choices are, I am sure that I’m not the only one a bit put off by this choice.

All the names are wonderfully logical in the way they honor and make reference to recent family forebears. But, the first honors the grandfather who cheated from day one on his young wife, the grandmother. The second name honors the great grandmother who has so often seemed cold and unsupportive of anything Diana-related. Only in last place does Diana’s name come, a position that seems more of an afterthought (well, we have to get the name in there) than an honor. This is less touching than irritating.

This is, at least, how it struck me to first hear the name. My feelings may change. Maybe I underestimate the family. Perhaps the idea was to leave the best impression as the last impression. Maybe they are leaving the name Diana for Harry to use when he has children. Maybe, I’ve just become old and curmudgeonly and cynical in regard to the Windsors.

While I do love the communal celebration and opportunity to share happy new-baby circle-of-life feelings that a royal birth allows strangers to enjoy together, and I do really like this newest Middleton-Windsor branch of the royal family tree, this name choice thing rubs the wrong way. It seems too reminiscent of the old, just a subtle manifestation of the same-old at a time when fresh and new would have been SO appropriate and welcome.