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Teacher, librarian, or mother

December 31, 2009
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Here’s a real gem from Motoko Rich’s coverage of the recent The Baby-sitter’s Club reissues:

This whole generation of girls who had grown up reading “The Baby-Sitters Club” were now teachers, librarians or mothers,” Mr. Levithan [editorial director at Scholastic] said.

Fantastic. So, as I was an avid fan of the series in elementary school, I now have three career options in life through which to pass on my love of books: be a teacher, a librarian, or a mother. While these are noble choices, I certainly hope women have a much broader range of career opportunities to choose from since the series began proselytizing old-fashioned gender roles in 1986.

Shame on you, Mr. Levithan.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kimberly permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:08 pm

    Mr. Levithan sounds narrow-minded. I loved the series!

    • January 23, 2010 9:04 am

      The scary thing is, I think he was trying to be generous when he made that comment. I hate to think what’s actually in his head.

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