The Turkish government recently ruled that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls should be treated like pornography because of its “detrimental influence” on young people.
Published in 2016, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls offers 100 tales of extraordinary women meant to inspire young children. Each story, written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo in the style of a fairy tale, is accompanied by illustrations from over 60 female artists. The Guardian described it as an “empowering, resolutely ‘anti-princess’ storybook.” It’s been an incredibly popular best-seller and has been published in 47 languages around the world.
Favilli and Cavallo, image via Penguin Books
But in a decision published at the end of September, the Turkish government’s board for the protection of minors from obscene publications said:
Some of the writings in the book will have a detrimental influence on the minds of those under the age of 18.
This means Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls can be sold only to adults and must be kept out of view in bookshops. Essentially, it has to be treated like pornography.
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Cavallo responded to the decision, saying:
Girls deserve to grow up surrounded by more female role models. They deserve to grow up thinking that they can be anything they want. When a government is scared by a children’s book promoting equality, that means that promoting these messages through children’s literature can have and is having an impact, and it makes me even more motivated to keep fighting every day.
The Turkish publishers’ association released another statement last week, arguing the government’s decision threatens the principles of a democratic society. And Turkish publisher of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls said it was waiting for the decision to be officially communicated to it before commenting.
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