Earlier this month, Jean-François Copé appeared on French television, to demand that the children’s book Tous à Poil (Everybody Gets Naked) be banned in France. As my colleague Zeljka Marosevic wrote then, the book is “one of the sweetest ideas for a children’s book… a story in which everyone, the baby, the babysitter, the neighbor, the teacher and even the CEO get naked.” The nudity in the book isn’t gratuitous; it’s there to make a point. The book’s authors, Claire Franek and Marc Daniau, have said that they wrote the book in order to show children “Real bodies in natural situations from a child’s everyday life to counter the numerous images of bodies, often undressed, altered by Photoshop or plastic surgery, that are shown in ads or on the covers of magazines.”
Copé was nevertheless incensed, and suggested that the book “recommended to teachers by the government for use in primary schools and asked how teachers could be expected to be figures of authority if they were naked in the book.” Got that? Everybody Gets Naked isn’t about countering damaging, dominant narratives; it’s an antiauthoritarian book that will destroy the very foundation of France, a notoriously prudish country that despises nudity and has never, not even once, been caught outside its mistresses house on a …read more

Via: Melville House Books