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Kindle app has changed to an image of a boy reading

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Njordsgrrrl Mon 06-Nov-17 17:54:34

It's very sweet and all but I'm a former primary school teacher and it seems to me it's wrong making a male the default yet again. (And please be kind I've been following this board for years and you've been great altogether)

Ttbb Mon 06-Nov-17 17:55:49

Really? Come on. Grow up.

Redglitter Mon 06-Nov-17 17:57:54

Oh ffs hmm

Honestly do people go hunting for things to be offended about

CherriesInTheSnow Mon 06-Nov-17 18:00:42


LittleBearPad Mon 06-Nov-17 18:02:23


notangelinajolie Mon 06-Nov-17 18:05:14


RebeccaNoodles Mon 06-Nov-17 18:05:18

Well short, I just wouldn’t worry about it,

In long:

Boys tend to read less than girls
Reading promotes empathy/understanding of others
So more boys reading is a good thing for feminism!

notangelinajolie Mon 06-Nov-17 18:05:46

And how do you know it's a boy?

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Mon 06-Nov-17 18:07:47

What was it before

kimlo Mon 06-Nov-17 18:09:13

well you are the one assuming that short hair and trousers is a boy.

graphena Mon 06-Nov-17 18:10:48

I thought it looked more like a girl with short hair actually

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Mon 06-Nov-17 18:12:47

Alright random child

But what was it before...was it a tree?

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Mon 06-Nov-17 18:15:38

Just looked on my old app and it still appears to be someone with short hair and trousers under a tree

It doesnt look like they have changed it

To be honest op im torn, i can see your point regarding a 'male' figure but boys are being targeted for reading schemes soooo....i dunno

CaptainKirkssparetupee Mon 06-Nov-17 18:16:03

It's been a silhouetted humanoid, of undetermined gender and age, reading under a tree for years.

doctorcuntybollocks Mon 06-Nov-17 18:17:03

I don't have a physical Kindle but I do have Kindle for PC on my computer. The old logo was a child with short hair reading a book under a tree and facing left. The new logo is a child with short hair reading a book under a tree and facing right. The new image is more detailed and aesthetically pleasing, but it's essentially the same as the old one.

displacementofwater Mon 06-Nov-17 18:18:26

Wrong? Really? Could be a child or a young person of either sex. There's no way to tell really is there?

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Mon 06-Nov-17 18:50:23


Is it the 'male' thing or the fact that you thought it had changed thats more annoying

Datun Mon 06-Nov-17 20:13:35


Maybe they’re trying to encourage boys to read.

Don’t be put off the board, if you get some robust replies!

FizzyWaterAndElderflower Mon 06-Nov-17 20:22:47

I think it's pretty generic really - kid with short hair reading a book - but if it was a boy, that would actually be good, boys need to be encouraged to read more from what I understand (not my eldest... stopping him reading is more the problem).

Having a figure that could be interpreted as male or female is about as good as its going to get I reckon.

Njordsgrrrl Tue 07-Nov-17 07:14:49

Thanks for the replies. True, the figure isn't necessarily male and I agree encouraging boys reading is a good thing. Should've thought it through! It just annoyed me because it made me think of a thread on here once. Search Google images for 'human' and see what you get sort of thing.

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Tue 07-Nov-17 07:48:49


I appreciate that we cant tell the sex of the figure but a figure with long hair in our country is usually a girl and short is usually a boy

A skirt is used to donate a girl and trousers a boy

Wrong and stereotypical but if you showed that picture to 100 people and made them pick one or the other i reckon most would say boy

glow1984 Tue 07-Nov-17 07:53:17

1. I do agree that it looks like a boy
2. I don't think it really matters.
3. Following on from the above, there are bigger issues to worry about.

Njordsgrrrl Tue 07-Nov-17 08:13:38

Yeah it is pretty trivial. Male violence and the trans thing in particular. At least in this country. I got an awfully condescending reply from my (Tory) MP ages ago when I wrote to him about the gender bill hmm

NewtsSuitcase Tue 07-Nov-17 08:17:16

Really Op? Quite frankly they could have chosen a boy or a girl and they chose a boy/person with short hair. 50:50 chance. And its actually going against stereotypes not with them.

I really do despair that people spend time trying to find fault with this sort of thing.

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Tue 07-Nov-17 09:08:33


It doesn't matter if some people find it trivial

It all adds up to the drip drip drip of male as default

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