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Thursday, April 27, 2006

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides

Yesterday, I checked out a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide on South Africa. I was very excited, as I looked through the book. It was informative and well-done. I told my husband that I would like to purchase some of the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. Then, I turned to page 372 of the survival guide section and I changed my mind. Someone at Dorling Kindersley had decided to turn the travel guide into a moral, or rather immoral, guide. On page 372, under the heading Women Travellers, the reader is warned not to have unprotected sex. The next sentence reads, "Condoms are available at pharmacies and supermarkets." The book goes on to dedicate 3 paragraphs to Gay/Lesbian Travel. I will be expressing my disappointment to Dorling Kindersley and a few other organizations, this week.

If you own any of the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guides, I recommend you look at the survival guide section(s) before allowing your children to look at the book. In addition, you might consider voicing your disapproval to DK.


  1. Oh my! Thanks for telling us about this... I will be more careful about DK in the future. Perhaps I'll drop them a note, as well.

  2. Thanks for bringing this up. We bought a few at Sam's awhile back and had to tear out a few pages - I think it was the Paris one that had a photo and a couple of drawings of topless dancers. Yikes!

    This kind of stuff can be so frustrating. We dropped our subscription to Popular Science (which my 10 year old son loved) because of their over-the-top advertising.

  3. almost every travel guide now has gay/lesbian guides included. when we were studying brazil i borrowed 4 different travel guides, from different publishing companies. ALL of them had some sort of a gay/lesbian section. there's no escaping it. some of the best material i've received are from embassies or directly from the country's website. they're more than willing to send you stuff for free and the pictures are usually just gorgeous (and no references to G/L), at least from what i've seen.

  4. Ugh, thanks for the heads up! Why can't anything just be pure anymore??


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