Zena Sutherland

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[In Girls are Girls and Boys are Boys; So What's the Difference? ] Gordon moves from a debunking of sexist ideas about the characters and roles of boys and girls to the area of sex education, describing sexual intercourse, menstruation, nocturnal emission, and masturbation. The writing is direct, informal, and...

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[In Girls are Girls and Boys are Boys; So What's the Difference?] Gordon moves from a debunking of sexist ideas about the characters and roles of boys and girls to the area of sex education, describing sexual intercourse, menstruation, nocturnal emission, and masturbation. The writing is direct, informal, and candid; the author makes no judgments, pulls no punches, and he concludes with the fact that all human beings are of equal value and should have equal opportunities—pointing out that both boys and girls can have many interests. This doesn't explore either physical differences or social attitudes very deeply but it serves well as an introduction.

Zena Sutherland, in her review of "Girls are Girls and Boys are Boys: So What's the Difference?" in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press; © 1975 by The University of Chicago), Vol. 28, No. 7, March, 1975. p. 113.

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