When Joel Stein, professional columnist, writes that Adults Should Read Adult Books, one might be tempted to dismiss him as a cranky snob who doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. And that's true, of course, since among other things, he seems to believe that animated films are exclusively made for children. But he's not just a cranky, ignorant, snob. Look:
Let’s have the decency to let tween girls have their own little world of vampires and child wizards and games you play when hungry. Let’s not pump Justin Bieber in our Saabs and get engaged at Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland.[emphasis added] He's also a misogynist. What really annoys him, apparently, is the idea of adult men condescending to the level of tween girls. No where in the short piece does he worry about what's popular with tween boys, and although he uses adult in a presumably gender-neutral way, the only pronouns he uses are masculine. Both Time and the NYT would be better served by hiring a ten year old girl to write for them. My daughter's spelling is atrocious, but at least she makes sense.