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We grew up with Little Bo-Peep and Jack and the Beanstalk, but now in another case of political correctness gone wild, our grandchildren and their children may not know these characters for their innocent gender roles.

Publisher Ladybird has recently announced their plans to publish only gender neutral children’s books in an aim to remove stereotypes and cliches. While this is a step in the right direction to stop pigeon-holing our kids, is it really necessary? Do kids even notice or care?

Apparently children are being swayed to believe they should read books according to their gender, says Ladybird and should broaden their horizons. So say goodbye to Sleeping Beauty and Ba Ba Black Sheep (which came under controversy in recent years for its ‘racial undertones’) – it will be different soon.

A spokesman for Ladybird said they were amending titles because, “We certainly don’t want to be seen to be limiting children in any way”.

The change is in response to a campaign by the ‘Let Toys Be Toys’ lobby group who wanted to have gendered branding removed from toys and now books.

Other publishing houses agreed with the campaign, with Penguin Random House wanting to jump on board the gender-neutral bandwagon. The ‘Let Books Be Books’ spin-off group said on their website, “We’re asking children’s publishers to take the ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ labels off books and allow children to choose freely what kinds of stories and activity books interest them”.

They feel that children are being limited to their gender and publishers need to break them free of these shackles through neutral titling.

Blue covers are deterring girls and pink covers are deterring boys, says the lobby group. But with all this gender neutralising, political correctness and trying to make our children feel comfortable, are we going too far? By removing the blue and pink and the robots and fairies, are we going to be stopping children from making an informed choice? If a boy likes a pink book, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, so perhaps instead of removing the ‘girly’ books, maybe we should focus on what we are telling our children about what the books mean.

Perhaps the lobbyers forgot that Harry Potter was a roaring success for both genders – it talked of dragons and wizards, plus had a male title, yet girls still picked it up. Food for thought.

So what do you think? Is this a case of political correctness gone too far? Or is it good to remove titling that enforces specific genders to read a book? Tell us below. 


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  1. Crazy crazy crazy. When are we going to accept there are TWO genders in this world and stop pretending we are all the same.

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    • Actually there is now concidered to be others as well as the boy/girl genders – maybe thats what the publishers are aiming for, neutral people (he he)

    • my grand-daughter loves the hulk and spiderman, my 2 year old grandson sings and dances to frozen, both are healthy ‘normal’ kids – get over it people and let kids be kids and choose what they like. they dont need strict regulaltion of their lives because you think you know what is ‘normal’. just let them decide what they enjoy

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  2. What next? Bloody hell what are these idiots trying to achieve? As if a child reading a book or having a story read to him/her would care wether or not Jack went before Jill. So called political correctness is fast becoming incorrect.

  3. Where and when will this PC end. I suppose the day will come when we can no longer identify ourselves as a man or a woman- as this will be sexist. Lord give me strength.

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    • It’s already here. No more do we have Chairman/Chairwoman it’s Chairperson – absolutely ridiculous

  4. Yes I agree with the previous comments. These political correctness groups, parents as well as the media to some extent are the main perpetrators. Let kids choose for themselves what they want to read. Parents have a big role as comments like that is a girls/boys thing reinforce this gender bias.

  5. They are taking away the right to choose. I loved Biggles books when I was a kid and they were considered to be boys books. Now they are banned.

  6. What! No more Snow White or Cinderella? No more Anne of Green Gables? No more Biggles or William books? I loved my brother’s books too when I was a kid.
    This is PC gone totally berserk.

  7. Another load of rubbish. My grandchildren read all sorts of books. By the way, I’ve never seen pink or blue books. Just books. For heavens sake, cease and desist with this gender stuff. Soon, the words, male and female, man and woman will become illegal.

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    • It’s already happening in some school in America. No more boys and girls. I think they call them penguins. Think got the facts correct. Total madness. This is in a primary school.

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