You Weigh In: “Go the F*** to Sleep” Not Funny?

One of  the IBC writers came across an article today on CNN: “Go the F*** to Sleep” not funny.

The article asserts that the book is not funny essentially because of the unfortunate truth that violence against kids does exist. Karen Spears Zacharias writes:

Joan Demarest is an attorney in Corvallis, Oregon, and the mother of three young boys. Demarest told me that initially she thought the book was funny. That was before she read it. “Now I find it unsettling. I don’t like violent language in association with children.”

She has good reason to be concerned about the message behind such a parody. Demarest was the prosecuting attorney in one of Oregon’s most high-profile child murder cases. She understands the fear that far too many children endure because the lines of what’s appropriate parenting have become blurred.

The article also discusses the societal issue that bedtime rituals like reading have disappeared – which, although a disturbing point – has nothing to do with whether or not this book is funny. And I don’t mean funny for kids. Funny for parents. Normal, exasperated parents. Because that is who the book is for.

The article closes back on the point about child abuse and neglect:

The violent language of “Go the F*** to Sleep” is not the least bit funny, when one considers how many neglected children fall asleep each night praying for a parent who’d care enough to hold them, nurture them and read to them.

You know, like all those parents depicted in all those beautifully illustrated storybooks.

I am by no means making light of child abuse and neglect. It is a horrifying problem that makes me shudder more now that I have children of my own.

But this book? Not the problem. Nor do I think it’s a contributor. At what point is it not okay to make light of our day-to-day frustrations? Laughter is what eases stress. If we’re not allowed to find humor in topics that may veer on the sensitive side, a lot of late night talk show hosts are going to be out of jobs.

What do you think? Am I a parent gone astray? Do you find this book funny or crass? Weigh in!

Via: CNN

  • Random Blogette

    The funny thing is that is is supposed to be a joke. It is not meant to be read to your kids. And saying that is has to do with abuse and neglect is a joke in itself. This is not going to contribute to the abuse and neglect of a child. And I can stand by this comment because my step-son is from an abuse and neglectful birth mom. Some people really need to take a chill pill.

    I so agree with your point that we need to laugh!

  • Mom of a Moose

    I found this so amusing and never in a split second did it cross my mind that it was even remotely close to being for children.  This was written for the amusement of every parent who has ever had one of those nights where your child would not go to sleep.  I do not think it contributes to neglect in any way, form or fashion.  People need to relax and remember to laugh….maybe it might help them remember its ok to find humor in things. 

  • Lstarwright6

    when i first read the article i thought she was kidding…obviously she has no sense of humor. youre right, if we cant laugh at the things that drive us crazy then we really are insane.

  • Natalie@mommyofamonster

    I had to weigh in on this…I agree 100% with Mom of a Moose that the book was purely for entertainment, and in no way derogatory or neglectful. The only way I survive my days as a mom is through laughter…and that is EXACTLY what this story delivers ;)

  • [email protected]

    The way I see it; is that the person who wrote this story just wanted to be funny, and to make money. To take it serious is absolutely crazy. That Karen lady just wants to cause controversy. Just shut up, and turn your head, and don’t buy the book for your children.

  • Anonymous

    Forget the book “Go the F**k to Sleep”, a pathetic, soul-less, allegedly rebel, ‘children’s book’. Don’t waste your hard-earned money, instead read a BANNED book like “America Deceived II” by a real rebel and the “World’s Most Hated Author”, E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

  • Jared Karol

    It’s one of the unfortunate inabilities that we have as a society is to not be able hold two realities in our minds at the same time, and we therefore take a “black and white” stance on things like that. My take? It’s unconscionable to use violence against children, AND it’s fucking hilarious that there is a book like this that resonates with probably every single person who’s had children. If they’re being honest with themselves, that is.

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