BOOK REVIEW: Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

Here’s a checklist of who this book is for:

-You’re a dedicated viewer of Fox News

-You attend a Christian church weekly, read the bible and pray daily (NO OTHER RELIGION IS ACCEPTABLE)

-You blindly vote Republican in every election cycle

-You consider Bill O’Reilly or Bill Cosby as moral barometers to be looked up to

-You think 1950’s America was the height of civilization, where women stay home to raise babies, don’t have professional careers, are under-educated, subservient to men and the whole women’s liberation movement ruined our society

-You believe the world was created in 7 days, 6,000 years ago and that dinosaurs and global warming are a hoax, the Earth is flat and at the center of the universe and otherwise think science is not factual

– You have a daughter

If you have all those boxes checked above and you fall into those categories, (I’m sorry for you), here are other reasons you shouldn’t buy this book: Telephoned-in authorship, meaning there isn’t that much original writing of new material. It’s mostly excerpts from other books, interviews from the author’s radio show or other shows copy/pasted together in a very incomprehensible, non-chronological and illogical way. Also, the book is littered with footnotes from sources that were selectively cherry picked to support the author’s opinion, particularly with scientific studies and material from other medical journals that were taken out of context or where the parameters of the study are faulted to produce a bias. Most of the supporting evidence for theories is anecdotal, with each story coming from women that are daughters or closely related to clergy members of other church organizations that the author has a relationship with. As a reader, you shouldn’t expect to gain any tactical advice from this book, such as “spend at least one day a week unplugged from the digital world with your daughter outdoors”, what you’ll read instead is a whole chapter on why you should focus all your efforts on ensuring your daughter stay a virgin until her wedding day and how the sky will fall down upon you if that doesn’t happen.

This book will offend you if you:

-Have any tattoos

-Have any piercings not in your ears, (women) any piercings (men)

-Are atheist, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Zen, Paganism or gain any spirituality from nature, or participate in any other religion that is not Christian in any capacity

-Are gay, or transgender

-Are not born in America, (this book is very nationalist with a negative viewpoint on being a responsible global human)

-You’re a professional women with a career outside the home, and/or the household breadwinner

-You’re a stay-at-home dad

Other disturbing issues with this book are the authors negative views on the ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”. So because the ACLU has taken stances on issues that this author doesn’t agree with, they’re now evil and should be admonished. Along with the ACLU being outcast, so too should you admonish Girl Scouts! Because they did the most horrible act of putting the whole world first before America! Nationalism is a dangerous disease, and this author clearly suffers from it.

So why did I read it. This book was gifted to me by a family member and I was thus forced to read it. The family remember that gave it to me speaks english as a 2nd language, so I presume she didn’t fully understand what she was buying, and I had no idea who this author was before receiving this book. This book creates a world that I don’t want to live in for myself or my daughter.