Looking at this news story, you’d think it was a satire. But as far as I can tell, it isn’t. It’s just Sweden:
Children’s books become ideological battleground in Sweden
STOCKHOLM (AFP) — Two new publishing houses for children’s books have sparked debate in gender-equal Sweden over their professed aim of instilling the country’s open-minded social values in the next generation.
“Our goal is for all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or other such things, to have the freedom to create their own identity and be respected for their personal qualities,” said Karin Salmson, the co-founder of the new Vilda publishing house.
But several critics are outraged, saying they are simply pushing propaganda disguised as literature.
Vilda and another small publisher, Olika, both opened their doors last year with the express aim of making children’s books that promote liberal values and challenge traditional views on gender, race and sexual orientation.
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“Many parents feel forced to change he to she or she to he and other details as they read stories for their children, because so many details in children’s books are so very traditional,” Salmson said.
Vilda has therefore introduced a so-called “hug label”, guaranteeing that its books have been “scrutinised from a democracy, equality and diversity perspective” and contain no details “based on prejudice or traditional gender roles that rein in individual freedom”.
Hat tip: Zonka.