A number of weeks ago, I stumbled across a curious assortment of coloring books online. Excited to see these in person, I ordered the most interesting one, Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace. In the description on Amazon, it’s described as being a “body positive” coloring book. I thought, “Hm, that’s a cool concept. I’m all for self-esteem!”
It finally came in the mail today! I was so excited. I could hardly handle it. The pictures would be awesome and the captions would be funny and empowering at the same time because outer space is cool and sci-fi is cool and all body types are cool and oh my goodness what a pretty cover. I CAN’T WAIT TO COLOR ALL—
SEDUCING ALIEN WOMEN?
Woah now. Huh? I’m not really sure why that’s necessary. What does that have to do with having a good body image? As I continued to leaf through the book, it became more and more obvious that these women, all of them, were homosexuals. WHY. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING AT ALL. WHY. WHY. WHY.
I was so psyched when I discovered this coloring book! It appeared to have a positive message to relay as well as super cool sci-fi drawings. But no. This coloring book doesn’t ever say that it’s okay to be any shape/size. Never. It’s just page after page of awkward pictures. Not in an explicit way, although a number of the characters could be a bit more covered… Once I realized these women were gay, it totally changed everything. I felt uncomfortable just looking at them, so how on Earth would I ever be able to COLOR them? My, my, my.
Homosexuality is a sin. Plain and simple. I’m not saying it’s any worse than any other sin. But still, a sin it remains. This coloring book wouldn’t have bothered me so much if the content had actually reflected the title. I bought this to see a bunch of cool female space warriors who love their bodies. Why are they also gay? Why…
Long story short, I’m very disappointed in this book. Sigh. There go my dreams of quirky coloring books. I will say this though, the artwork was pretty cool. The author, Nicole Lorenz is very creative and really knows her science fiction jargon! This is definitely one of my favorites…
This isn’t exactly an average coloring book that can be found at your local Wal-Mart. Really, I give the author props for being different. But I would never offer this to a child, so the hunt for quirky coloring books continues…