I just read this blog post: No Boys Allowed and came away rather miffed. For me this has a little to do with gender and a lot to do with reading. In summary, the older boys were not allowed to come to an author presentation because she is a woman and her books have female main characters.
First, gender means nothing. She is an author and she is on the road promoting her books. DO NOT TAKE HER AUDIENCE AWAY! Her books could be about space aliens or fluffy bunnies and she deserves to have the largest audience possible. The whole school preferably. Do not demean what she does by segregating. You are telling those boys that they shouldn’t be interested in writing or reading. And THAT is where my beef lies.
My oldest is a girl, Gretel, and she has been reading since she was 3 or 4. We have trouble getting the books OUT of her hands than in. My next is a boy, Hansel. Getting him to pick up a book at all has been a real challenge. We have tried so many different series. He read Harry Potter but it took him forever. But early on we discovered that we just needed to find the right books. Thank goodness for Star Wars fan fiction! Hansel still isn’t a big reader but he does read.
Bug, my other girl, still hasn’t found what kind of books she likes. So she struggles through a variety of books. Thing 1 and Thing 2 like to read but would rather play video games more. I would LOVE for them to find books that excite them to read. I could see my little monkeys liking a book about a ninja princess like the embarrassed little boy in the blog post. Don’t take that away from him! Don’t take that away from me, who, as a father, wants his children to be well-educated and who, as an author, wants my children to read the books their dad has written.
This is the Novel Mage saying, *POOF*