A review of Gender Talk - Big Hero, Size Zero by a 15-year-old
"The book states a lot of facts without hiding anything. The truth is not morphed to make it sound better. That way it is different and more effective than textbooks, because, how much ever text books are supposed to tell the truth, they only touch the basics and in the process not touch upon a lot of things. That leads to us experience stuff on our own, and learn them the hard way.
This book talks about a lot of stuff that is told down to us kids by not only our parents, but other adults in the family too and we are expected to abide by them, just because they have been told by the elders. Most of the criticisms and beliefs, are taken and treated like they can't be challenged.This book tells us that they don't have a reason behind most of those and they are saying most of them just because they never thought about questioning their adults. This book taught me that we can challenge those beliefs and not feel guilty like I am speaking against my parent. I don't have to accept things just because they are told by an adult.
The Size Zero and the Big Hero concept is so ingrained in our system, that I had not realised that we all are victims of the media. We tease people, just because they are too fat, too thin, skinny, heavy etc, without ever bothering to find out if they are healthy. If they are healthy, why should we bother whether they conform to the norms set by a movie star? This book made me look at our obsession in a new way.
I would recommend this book to all my friends and in fact, make them read it :)"
Saralya P. Narayanan
The book should be slated as the first non-fiction essential that a teen must read. It states all facts as just those... facts. With a child like purpose, the book talks about gender issues, without attaching a whole lot of sentiments.
In a few words, simple, honest, straight forward and a must-read for adolescents, teachers and parents with kids about to become adolescents."