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>Update: Naomi Wolf

>Naomi Wolf answers questions about her Gossip Girls essay here. She should have quit while she was ahead.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Yes, I see your point, Roger, but I do think she ought to be given credit for at least attempting to grapple with, as June said on child_lit, the sorts of questions we “in the field” ask every day. More than most non-expert commentators ususally do. (I don’t know if you’ve read my take on the original article, but I do think some of the negative responses to the article were because people ASSUME that non-experts are always going to be contentious and uninformed and provocative-in-a-bad-way.)

    Mind you, it leads her down some strange paths. Suggesting the labelling of books seems odd (to say the least), coming from a self-confessed free speech advocate…

  2. rindambyers says:

    >Ay me! “Rudeness and nasty behavior?” Has this woman EVER been a preteen? Or a teenager? Seems to me, long ago, at those ages, there was a lot of rudeness and nasty behavior going on anyway without the Gossip Girls….or the media–only it was more covered up. Speaking strictly of course as someone who once was a teenager girl…and I think parents ought to concentrate more on living what they believe before and with their chidlren rather than parenting their children by preaching rules and regulations. Not that children don’t need limits, but those limits aren’t going to work without good role models–and INVOLVED parenting.

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