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Creepy Bookcover Watch

Jim Burroway

May 7th, 2010

This is the book cover for George Reker’s 1982 book, “Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Identity.”

Click to enlarge. I don’t know if that’s Rekers in the photo or not, but he was 34 years old when this book came out. We now know that Rekers hired a 20-year-old escort, a young man who just happens to be the exact same age as Rekers’ adopted son. Reker’s son was adopted at the age of sixteen. Freud is scratching his eyes out in his grave and I’m going to go and take a shower myself.



Richard W. Fitch
May 7th, 2010 | LINK

Are we supposed to conclude that Dad is using a sickle to prepare wood for the pile? I’m sure the rest of the book is equally expert.

Maurice Lacunza
May 7th, 2010 | LINK

You must enlarge that photo to discover WHY THE HELL it is really really disturbing. That IS a creepy bookcover…my grandmother would say, “gads. what is going on here?”

This is territory I don’t even want to wade in. Rekers is a tool or a work in progress. Freud would have a hey day.

May 7th, 2010 | LINK

Richard: It’s probably an Adze –

Now, I’m off to find some brain bleach.

May 7th, 2010 | LINK

Maybe this book cover is trying to re-enact the attempted sacrifice of Abraham’s son, Isaac, to god?

Jason D
May 7th, 2010 | LINK

maurice, I enlarged it, besides the scythe-shaped tool in dads left hand, I don’t see anything else disturbing.

May 7th, 2010 | LINK

The child is blonde. Just like.. oh dear.

And stepping beyond the creep factor, how may people in 1982 presumably identified with whatever this rural vignette was supposed be conveying about—guessing here—manhood?

If only I had been raised by Charles Ingalls I’d be so butch now.

May 11th, 2010 | LINK

What an absolute gem! I’d love to find something as wacky, wrong and weird as that in a second hand bookshop.

It’s available through Amazon, of course, but for $20 bucks. I reckon I’ll just savour the waft of manure emanating from the cover image until I happen upon that magic bookshop of inappropriate delights.

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