Julia Hartley Brewer savages pre-school that stocked children's book featuring men in bondage

“Those people need help!” Julia Hartley-Brewer SLAMS pre-school for giving children book with images of men in bondage gear

A school is facing allegations of “normalising adult fetish for children,” following reports it shared a children’s book showcasing cartoons of men in bondage gear and ‘transmen’ with mastectomy scars.

The book Grandad’s Pride, written by Waterstones children’s book winning author and illustrator Harry Woodgate, says it aims to "celebrate the power of community and the importance of LGBTQIA+ history."

TalkTV’s Julia Hartley-Brewer criticised Genesis Pre-School for providing children access to the book.

"The idea anyone would think a it was a good idea to write and illustrate, to publish, and to be seen in schools, a book with men dressed in bondage and suspenders as something that children should learn about because it's inclusive? Those people need help!

“You’re not born in the wrong body. That’s not a thing. People can have gender dysphoria but it doesn’t affect anyone else. There’s a difference between that and telling children that anyone can be born in the wrong body, that there are 82 genders and that being trans makes you interesting.”

Parent Claire Page, questioned the motivations of the school in making the book available to young children.

She told Julia: “They're essentially putting their own interests before safeguarding of children.

"Common sense says we keep sexualised imagery away from children because we understand that's a shared safeguarding action so children aren't used to sexualised presentations.

“Kids are hugely impressionable and the book is presenting [this as being] something of a party and a wonderful time. This is manipulative.”

Parents Will and Maria Taylor took their daughter out of the school in Hull after the book was shared with their daughter.

The school said the illustrations were not inappropriate because children would not understand the erotic and sexualised depictions.

Mr Taylor told Hull Live: "We identified two images of men who are partially naked in leather bondage gear. One has a leather cod-piece moulded tightly around his crotch and a studded dog collar around his neck and knee high boots.

"The main and most immediate concern is that children have been exposed to at least two age-inappropriate sexual or erotic images of a man in what can only be reasonably described as ‘bondage/fetish/BDSM’ gear."

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