Thursday, February 17, 2011

Girls Are Not Chicks: A Feminist, Gender-Non Conforming and GLBTQ-Friendly Coloring Book

By Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak

From a girl puppet's strings being snapped as she breaks free of expectations and takes up rock climbing to a Rapunzel who this time has "some power tools, a pair of scissors, a roll of duct tape, a Tina Turner album and a bus pass" this coloring book is as much for adults as it is for kids.

Women and girls in our culture are under so much pressure to conform, and this coloring book is a creative way to re-wire all of our brains to believe in the limitless possibilities for all women. It even has advice, including "Cover the bathroom scale with plastic dinosaurs and action figures so you can't see the numbers."

Here are two great pages from inside:

"When she stopped chasing
the dangling carrot
of conventional femininity,
she was finally able
to savor being a woman."

"Not all girls who like makeup
grow up to be dainty young ladies."

I adore this coloring book, and while it wasn't something I had when I was a kid, I'm giving a copy to my daughter - so we can talk about it, and she can learn that girls can truly color their lives outside the lines!

Thanks, Jacinta and Julie!


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