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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 14:41

Lately our 4 year old has been under the impression that there are things that girls and women can’t do because they are for boys. I don’t know where this comes from, we certainly haven’t bought her up this way and she goes to the most hippy dippy nursery and school where everything is very gender neutral.

Last night my husband bought he home this book, which is full of stories about incredible women over the history and modern day and she absolutely loves it.
Thought I might share it here for anyone who is struggling with boys or girls who are trying to understand that they’re not limited to anything because of their sex!

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 14:42

Ffs won’t let me upload the pictures 🤦🏻‍♀️

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 14:45
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Lorralorralaughs · 24/09/2018 14:45

I would love to know about this. My 6 year old is exactly the same and I've tried explaining that gender does not limit what you are / aren't good at. It would be great to know what it's called!

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Lorralorralaughs · 24/09/2018 14:46

thank you !

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 14:47

It’s called goodnight stories for rebel girls.

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BirdieInTheHand · 24/09/2018 14:49

Quite a lot of threads on this book.

I like it but do object to the inclusion of a boy who identifies as a girl which is the most nauseatingly regressive piece of gender stereotyping I've ever seen in print.

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Ohyesiam · 24/09/2018 14:51

I bought it for dd when she was 12 because I wanted to read the stories! Ds likes it too....

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Trampire · 24/09/2018 14:53

Also this one is new out for younger dcs, called 'Girls can do Anything'.

Girls Can Do Anything! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1407177389/ref=cmswwrcppapi_hVoQBb2AN8J0M

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 14:53

I just find it really sad that no matter how much we have tried to banish gender stereotypes from their lives, it’s still seeping through somewhere.

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 14:54

Thankyou I will order that one too. There is one for boys as well.

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UbercornsGoggles · 24/09/2018 14:57

If you're on Facebook then I recommend A Mighty Girl, they have a website too. Focuses on amazing women of history, many not well known, as well as present day girls and women who are breaking gender stereotypes. A little bit Americanised, but still good. They also have a bookshop and promote gender neutral toys.

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 15:00

Thankyou I will check it out. My son is also really enjoying these stories. I’m stuck home with him and his chicken pox atm so we’ve worked through quite a few! I’ve just order the book of Boys who dare to be different as well.

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TeddybearBaby · 24/09/2018 15:07

My 9 year old is the most feisty little thing I know! She doesn’t feel limited at all. She gets stuck into tackles at football more than my son will. I don’t know where it comes from, I think she was just born that way? She’s dressed up as a suffragette and Anne frank so maybe I’ve made her that way without really trying. I love that about her, I wish I was more like it ☺️ But I’ll get the book for sure and it will be good for my son to read too, thanks 👍🏼

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alwaysthepessimist · 24/09/2018 15:08

My DD 6 has goodnight stories for rebel girls part 2 - she absolutely loves it!

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 16:51

teddy I have no idea how my daughter has turned out so pink and princessy as I’m not in the slightest!

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NationalShiteDay · 24/09/2018 17:21

We were given one of these as a present and I love the illustration and idea behind it. However, I have to be quite careful reading it to 4yo DD as she's not yet encountered the levels of oppression that mean she can't be x, y, z when she grows up. I think it's better suited to older girls who have a bit more life experience. I also don't approve of the inclusion of a boy.

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TweeBee · 24/09/2018 17:22

I wish it was called stories OF rebel girls. I read it to DS but he's a bit Hmm that it's for girls and he isn't a girl.

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Cardiganandcuppa · 24/09/2018 17:24

I liked it but also objected to the trans story being quietly slipped in the middle.

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dancingintherain1111 · 24/09/2018 17:28

Thanks, have just ordered from Amazon - amazing reviews!

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 17:33

@TweeBee I’ve just ordered Boys who dare to be different too, so they get a good balance of both.

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TweeBee · 24/09/2018 17:44

Yes, I've got that too. Just annoys that the other one is specifically titled for girls when I wanted DS to have both. He does anyway but it would be much easier if the girl's one had a different title. Otherwise, don't you think it's saying that only girls would be interested in these women?

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NotUmbongoUnchained · 24/09/2018 17:50

Well, the boys one is titled for boys.

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TeddybearBaby · 24/09/2018 18:04

@NotUmbongoUnchained I love all that nature v nurture stuff. It’s so interesting! I’m definitely going to get her that book. It’s so hard to find books they enjoy! Thanks x

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TweeBee · 24/09/2018 18:33

I'm really sorry, I don't want to derail the thread and I do think both books are valuable. It's just that the boy one is called boys who dared to be different so it's about boys, fair enough. The girl one though is good night stories FOR rebel girls ie it's for girls. I think it should be stories of. Thats all. Apologies for ranting a bit.

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