A Sexy Anne of Green Gables?

Yes, unbelievably one boxed set of the beloved tale has a blonde (!) Anne who is clearly not 11 with a come-hither look.  Here's Amazon's page for the book.  You'll stroll down and see a red-headed, freckled Anne until at about listing #10.   Happily, the reviews are low based on that cover decision.

Then there's another sexed up book - The Bell Jar.  Again, what?!  This is a UK anniversary edition of the famed Sylvia Plath book. 

“If Sylvia Plath hadn’t already killed herself, she probably would’ve if she saw the new cover of her only novel The Bell Jar,” wrote Jezebel’s Morrissey, who then added her aesthetic judgment of the artwork: “Also, it’s ugly and the colors suck.”

Why are they doing this to girls and women?  It's certainly not a message to give to young girls.

This story comes to us from The Stranger Slog.

In other dumb reading news, a Republican (of course) legislator in Idaho introduced legislation that would require all high school students to read...Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Seriously.

Atlas Shrugged has become a popular book among the Tea Party for its pro-capitalism and anti-big government message. Among the fans of the book are Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and conservative pundit Glenn Beck. Goedde said he choose the book because it stresses "personal responsibility" and that it caused his son to become a Republican, The Spokesman-Review reported.  

Well, then if it guarantees how kids will vote in the future, by all means.  Most of the teens I know would either read it and laugh or read it and turn Dem.  Be careful what you wish for, sir.


Anonymous said…
Agree with the sentiment, but kind of a tasteless quote from Morissey.

Anonymous said…
I can't see today's teen girls being impressed with a stainless steel bracelet—yes, I've read Atlas Shrugged. I think it would be an interesting read in a political science or history class, but hardly required for all students.

And I agree with the take on tarting things up. As a woman who came of age in the late '60s–early '70, I believed we'd be MUCH farther along on the attitude of women as sex symbols by now. It's sad, and I hope my 17-yr-old daughter never takes the bait.


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