Dad Slams Puberty Book for Claiming Girls Have Breasts to Look 'Attractive'


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Tackling gender bias is a full-time job in a world that insists on pushing awful ideals onto our children. While making sure that your home environment is full of positivity and education is great, it is also important to take on the outside forces that give our kids harmful messages. One father did just that when he called out a puberty book aimed toward young boys that insists women's breasts exist to make them look "grown-up and attractive." 

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Dad and owner of the blog Man vs. Pink, Simon Ragoonanan, took Usborne Publishing to task for a book about puberty that it released for young boys. According to Usborne, the book, Growing Up for Boys, "covers a range of topics, including moods and feelings, what happens to girls, diet, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, self-confidence, alcohol and drugs."

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In addition to all of these things, it also contains an incredibly offensive statement about women's breasts. 

On his Facebook page, Ragoonanan shared an image of the book. Right above drawings of anatomically different breasts is an answer to the question "What are breasts for?" According to the book, "girls have breasts for two reasons. One is to make milk for babies. The other is to make the girl look grown-up and attractive."

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As a father to a little girl, Ragoonanan was more than disturbed by the gross declaration presented as fact in the book. "Teaching boys that a key purpose of a girl's breasts is to be attractive to them and a sign of being grown up, i.e., sexually mature, is misguided at best," he told Huffington Post UK. "An educational book aimed at boys should be challenging the objectification of women, not amplifying it."

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After sharing his findings on Facebook with a simple "wtf?", Ragoonanan garnered tons of support from people who found the content equally awful. 

A few furious readers even went to the book's Amazon page to leave angry reviews lambasting the content.  

In reaction to the outrage, Usborne Publishing issued a formal apology statement to the Guardian. "Usborne apologises for any offence caused by this wording and will be revising the content for reprinting."

Of course, not everyone feels like the publisher's apology was necessary. Some argued that the comments about women's breasts were well in line with the realities of how breasts are seen. 

While this isn't necessarily untrue, it should go without saying that teaching our sons to view women differently and changing the gross ideals of society is an imperative part of raising kids. 

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