Parents have been left outraged by a ‘growing up’ book for boys that apparently details two reasons for girls having breasts.
Dad blogger Man vs. Pink shared on Facebook what he says are photos of the book, which says that breasts are multipurpose – not only are they for feeding babies, but also to ‘make girls seem grown-up and attractive’.
The page reads: “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. Virtually all breasts, no matter what size or shape they end up when a girl finishes puberty, can do both things”.
The title is said to be published by Usborne, which produces numerous books for young children. Mirror Online has contacted Usborne to check the validity. According to many on social media, the text checks out.
As such, hundreds have slammed the material, claiming that it teaches young boys to ‘objectify women’. The post was also shared by Let Clothes Be Clothes, which fights against UK retailers’ penchant for gender stereotyping.
“Seriously NOT OK Usborne Publishing – irresponsible, offensive and wrong wrong wrong,” the group says on its own Facebook page.
The overarching sentiment is that the book gives the impression that girls grow breasts for the benefit of their sexuality and attractiveness. Not only this, but it also – by going on to say “virtually all…” – suggests that some breasts aren’t attractive at all.
One reader also shared photos of what is apparently the version of the same book for girls.
This edition says much the same. It reads: “Often the first growing-up change that boys notice about girls is their breasts…
“…they look attractive; and they’re sensitive to touch.”