|SS#3: Babysitters' Winter Vacation
||[May. 7th, 2016|04:39 pm]
Baby-sitters Club Snark-fest!
I'm jumping right into another snark because Jessi said, very clearly, in #61, Jessi and the Awful Secret, that she's had no problems with racism, yet in this one, it's all she sees everywhere she looks. I'm going to be harsh in this book, so I'd like to explain now that my harshness and lashing out at her is really me lashing out at how Ann (who write this one!) dropped the ball on racism by having Jessi be a bitch after accusing an injured, scared child of racism, and made racism look like something that black people dream up. It's especially glaring when Jessi says in every book, except #61, that racism is a problem, and yet we only see if in the one afterschool special, Keep Out, Claudia. We see her accuse Mal of racism, Pinky (that name is problematic for reasons I'll get into) of racism, accuse a new classmate of racism for thinking certain art is funny and not wanting to eat certain food, and accuse a family across the street of racism when the mother called her daughter back inside, but then be confused when there's a real racist family in the Claudia book, and straight and plaintly tell Raul racism isn't something she's experienced, to the point that she has to ask Quint about it.|
Aside from that, this book many problems, some of them pretty serious. Mary Anne's codependence is alarming, Claudia is convinced a man in his mid-20's is putting the moves on her and no one sees a problem with that, it's heavily implied sex happens among kids with no access to birth control, the adults are criminally irresponsible, and that's just some of it!
( So let"s get started.Collapse )