Concluding an admirable round up of ‘grievance’ titles recently published for children and young people, the Wall Street Journal reviewer Meghan Cox Gurdon writes:
Amid this angsty abundance, who or what is being resisted and persisted against is kept mostly in the shadowy realm of understatement, though in the Hudsons’ book there are references to bullies and kids in MAGA hats. In Ms. Styron’s handbook, the actress Lena Dunham bemoans the “slight condescension” of doctors. Ms. Styron herself inculpates “the people in control of things” and “some sects” that in history “have done a pretty bang-up job of oppressing other sects.” Ms. Rich, in “Girls Resist!,” blames “society” for giving young women “messed-up notions” and encourages activists to identify their “enemies” by compiling lists of those who are “entrenched in the opposite view.”
Listing enemies, tabulating “daily oppressions” (Ms. Rich again), sewing up a man’s mouth, even on paper—it seems such a joyless way to spend the fleeting years of adolescence. I suppose there’s a market for everything.