There are critics, they briefly acknowledge, but the author bizarrely claims that none of them are parents. Clearly, he doesn't get out of his own bubble much. An ungenerous person would point out that some of these hostile bouquets of "radical honesty" sound like verbal abuse. Most parents have these selfish feelings inside their own heads. But if you heard a parent say to a small child, "F---- your stuffed bear, I'm not getting you s--," you'd probably think they could use a parenting class or two.
The same goes for "Hell no, you can't go to the bathroom. You know where you can go? The f-- to sleep." And: "For real, shut the f-- up and sleep." And: "I know you're not thirsty. That's bulls--. Stop lying. Lie the f-- down, my darling, and sleep."
But acid-tongued people want their acid-tongued kiddie books. Another fashionable publisher, McSweeney's, printed a book called "Baby Get Me Some Lovin'," by Lisa Brown. The promotional copy promises, "If you're a new parent, you know how hard it is to get quality alone time with your partner. Instead of blaming the kid, put him to work! This handy manual will teach your baby how to set the mood for an intimate evening (and then make himself scarce). Thanks, Baby!"
Is it getting too serious to decry a book like "Go the Bleep to Sleep"? After all, if it takes two minutes to read it, it might take two minutes to forget it. Is this just a faddish product you can only package and sell once? Perhaps. But best-sellers like this suggest people have a love affair with profane rants, and that profanity sells, and sells very well. Such garbage could end up defining a culture.L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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