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  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/genderspecific-books-demean-all-our-children-so-the-independent-on-sunday-will-no-longer-review-anything-marketed-to-exclude-either-sex-9194694.html I found this article very interesting, especially the point about Dahl's Matilda. I never bought my boys gender specific books and certainly didn't read them gender specific books - at least, not knowingly. My taste in books and films leans towards the more 'boyish' as do my interests and I suppose that would have influenced what I chose for my boys. Anything pink, glittery and fluffy actually turns me off and I wonder if that would have been the case still had I had girls. Would I have chosen more girly books for my children had they been girls? I don't think so because I tended to buy books for the boys by authors that I liked - Julia Donaldson, Oliver Jefferies, Lemony Snicket, J K Rowling, Roald Dahl ... Childrens' books should be just that - good stories well told - the same criteria I look for in my reading. I do despair of the way books and TV is increasingly geared towards girls in a way that boys' interests aren't. The idea that wee girls want a make-up party, hair party, pink everything - the Barbification of everything. It's obscene.
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