The Sexes: Sexist Texts

"You're certainly not up to a man's work, so you'll start as a scrubwoman. "

—From a Science Research Associates third-grade reader

"Oh, Raymond, boys are much braver than girls."

—From a Harper & Row fourth-grade reader

Since the beginning of public education in the U.S., male-chauvinist piggery has been rearing its snout, mostly unnoticed, in the millions of textbooks that teach children reading, writing and, more subtly, the roles they will later play as adult men and women. In reaction, feminists around the country have, for the past few years, been mounting a...

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