Anne of Green Gables is now a blond Playboy centerfold

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StewieGriffinsMom Thu 07-Feb-13 10:35:35

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ImNotDrunkIJustCantType Thu 07-Feb-13 10:36:09

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MN044 Thu 07-Feb-13 10:38:03

A Playboy centrefold? Hardly. I don't like the cover particularly but she's hardly naked. I don't know where you get the sex toy reference from either??

She was a redhead! Wasn't there a storyline that she dyed her hair?

AbigailAdams Thu 07-Feb-13 10:41:01

Really you can't see anything sexualised about the pose at all? Can you imagine a man posing like that?

I am with you SGM. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourite books growing up. Not like the character at all.

MN044 Thu 07-Feb-13 10:42:32

It's a dreadful cover. But I do think you're making this worse than it is. There's nothing remotely Playboy about it. I'm more hmm that she's blonde

HecateWhoopass Thu 07-Feb-13 10:48:21

Yes, it is a sexy pose. It's certainly not a kid standing in a field or in front of a house with a white picket fence, is it? I wonder why they chose to do that and why change her hair colour.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 07-Feb-13 10:48:58

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pictish Thu 07-Feb-13 10:49:59

She's blonde, and that's what is wrong! Anne is a redhead!

TunipTheVegedude Thu 07-Feb-13 10:50:38

The hand behind the head is a classic 50s pose. It's probably 50s pin-up more than Playboy centrefold but the point is it's a sexualised pose rather than one that has anything to do with the character.

TunipTheVegedude Thu 07-Feb-13 10:50:59

oops, meant to say classic sexy pose

pictish Thu 07-Feb-13 10:53:08

I loved the Anne of Green Gables books as a kid, and I always remember watching the televised series starring Megan Follows at christmas time aged about 14 or so?
It's a guff cover.

raininginbaltimore Thu 07-Feb-13 10:56:22

As a ginger I am offended. When I was bullied as a chil for being a red head I took solace in those books. Gingerism.

I don't like the pose either, but I am more upset by the blonde hair.

MooncupGoddess Thu 07-Feb-13 10:57:09

That is wrong on so many levels. Apart from anything else, the Anne books are set in the late 19th century. I can't find a picture on line of my paperback edition (probably 1980s?) but it's a nice illustration that gets Anne about right.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 07-Feb-13 10:58:45

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FastidiaBlueberry Thu 07-Feb-13 12:04:17

Who is the publisher?

This really is pernicious and a brilliant example of porn culture.

Any child buying this book is receiving the message that being a girl means being sexy before being anything else. Even if the words in the book say something completely different and don't even talk about the need to be fuckable, the subliminal message is that even when you're busy doing other stuff, sexy is where it's at. If this goes on, it will almost be impossible to find pictures of female humans which don't emphasise their fuckability above every other aspect of them. Are we to look forward to a representation of Hermione Granger suggestively holding her wand in her mouth, or near her arse or something, a la 50 shades? WTF?

Who the fuck thought it was a good idea, is the publishing house full of child-molesters or something?

I mean seriously, what possesses an otherwise normal person, to imagine that the best representation of an 11 year old red-haired girl with freckles (something the book is very specific about) is a sexualised picture of a teenager? There's something actually quite sinister about this, what is wrong with the adults who authorised this cover? I really do think they should be forced to make a statement about why they felt it was appropriate to pornify the image of a child on a book whose target market is female children. It's beyond disgusting, it's actually amazing - as if peadophiles are working in the office and deciding the artwork and the normal adults there are accepting the paedophile view of the world, that every child is a potential fuck.

And of course, we're all going to be told that we're overreacting, it's only a picture and it's fine for 8 year old girls to be brainwashed in this way.

FFS.

AbigailAdams Thu 07-Feb-13 12:04:41

Yes I saw your blog post SGM. It was good!

<btw I did another blog post for the other blog last night. Hope you don't mind. I seem to be a little obsessed with sandwiches atm confused>

It is a rubbish cover makes me think of 'Jackie' or teen romance novels, not Playboy though, It is wrong on many levels and is totally not appropriare or relevant to the books.

No need to overplay the issue though it is not a raunchy picture just what some very unimaginative publisher thinks will appeal to a teen girl market. Depressing.

FloatyBeatie Thu 07-Feb-13 12:17:19

It is an awful cover. Not quite Playboy, but, yes, a pornified ideal of appearance which strips away the charm and individuality of a real young woman in place of something anonymous and pernicious.

Reminds me of a webpage that the UK blood donation service emailed me as part of its campaign to get lots of new donors. There was a photo there of several young men and women, and all of the females had those masses of blond hair, thick make up, and "sultry" open-mouthed smiles -- as well as the kind of pose that thrusts the breasts forward slightly. Again, not really Playboy but definitely employing lots of porny tropes.

The very fact that it wasn't quite Playboy but had been softened into something wholesome and girl-next-door was part of what was distasteful -- a kind of final seal on the transition of porny tropes into the whole of life. Same with this Anne of GG cover, I think.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 07-Feb-13 12:18:04

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Hullygully Thu 07-Feb-13 14:23:07

They must have thought it was an image that would sell the book as girls want to look like Busty Blondes. Depressing.

Anne was a strong person and of course a redhead. It would have been much more effective to have a redheaded female staring directly at the potential reader.

Those marketing men that came up with that obviously live in a prewar bubble of revoltingness.

Hullygully Thu 07-Feb-13 14:25:14

I've had another look since this morning. Actually she looks like a sexy C&W singer who stands by her man.

Egusta Thu 07-Feb-13 14:27:50

What fastidia said at 12.04.

ohmeohmy Thu 07-Feb-13 14:58:31

It's fostering attitudes like [[ http://www.theonion.com/articles/teenage-girl-blossoming-into-beautiful-object,31061/ this]]

ohmeohmy Thu 07-Feb-13 14:58:53

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