Sexist Children's Book

Monday, July 12, 2010
Well, not really. Or maybe. Depends on your perspective. These images are from a children's book published in 1970 called, "I'm Glad I'm a Boy! I'm Glad I'm a Girl!" by an American satirist/cartoonist named Whitney Darrow. Apparently the book was meant as satire, but that hasn't stopped people from leaving nasty reviews about it on

Technically, I stole these images from My Blagh, so I must give credit to that blogger for scanning and posting the entire book. Whatever you think of it, it's clear we've come a long way in our thoughts about gender roles. I'm glad I'm a girl! 

Aww, I think that closing image is so sweet. 

I also came across a collection of illustrations that Darrow did for a book called "Sex and the Single Child." Way funnier stuff and I plan on posting them soon!


  1. Considering the time it was written I don't find it sexist at all. There are parts where now I'd raise an eyebrow, but at least it says boys are heroes and girls are heroines. It's true!

    I think it's sweet. Thanks for posting!

    PS: I'm glad I'm a girl too!

  2. I think it's cute, too...I was surprised to read some of the reviews on WAS written in 1970, after all.

    The other book, which I will post, is much more interesting. His illustrations have a very Charles Schultz feel to them.

    I did chuckle at the cheerleading picture, though - her skirt is blowing upwards!

  3. Was this book written by a boy or a girl?

  4. A man - Whitney Darrow. He was a cartoonist.

  5. As satire...cute! But, anyone not knowing it *is* satire, should be dismayed! Girls are smart, boys are stupid! Ha-ha...girls know it's satire, boys take it at face value! ...Jude

  6. Oh gosh.. can't wait to see the next one!

  7. We are learning about sexist and this is provided by our professor!


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