The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 March 2007

Unsullied by intelligence

Remember the 19th century? It refuses to go away:

I work at a bookstore. I was cashiering today when a woman and her two kids (a boy and a girl, both somewhere between 13-15) came up to the register. The mom was buying 2 celeb gossip magazines, and the boy put down a book. The girl then walked up and set down the newest volume of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

The mom says "You can't buy that."

Girl: Why?
Mom: Because it's too big.
Girl: [Brother] is buying a book that big. It's not very expensive.
Mom: [Brother] is a boy. You're a girl. And girls shouldn't read big books like that. It's too thick. Boys don't like girls who read thick books. You want boys to like you, don't you?

The girl went and put the book away.

In hardcover, Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood runs 400 pages, maybe two-thirds the length of Harry Potter stories, and no one complains about their thickness.

The horror, though, is that this sort of notion is still being bandied about in two thousand seven, fercrissake. As Syaffolee, who can probably turn 400 pages by breakfast, says:

[A]s for guys who don't like girls reading big books, well, those guys are probably not worth knowing anyway.

And they probably don't even read the celeb gossip mags.

Posted at 9:38 AM to Almost Yogurt , Table for One


I dunno. You'd think someone who holds such an attitude get her gossip mags at the local booze,-cigarettes-and-lotto-tickets store.

A bookstore seems a tad too non-medieval.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:06 AM on 27 March 2007

This is why I'm only half-way joking when I say people ought to have to take IQ tests to procreate.

Posted by: Venomous Kate at 4:15 PM on 27 March 2007

For what little it may be worth, a woman who reads (real literature as opposed to the gossip rags) is more appealing to me than one who doesn't. If for no other reason, when she's reading, *I* can read.

Posted by: unimpressed at 4:35 PM on 27 March 2007

This makes me INFURIATINGLY sad.

Posted by: Jennifer at 5:28 PM on 27 March 2007

That story is beyond sad.

Posted by: Jeffro at 9:19 PM on 27 March 2007

I'll bet that mother wore black the day of Anna Nicole Smith's funeral.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 7:26 PM on 28 March 2007