Skip to comments.Children’s media use cuddly animals to reinforce racist and socially dominant norms, researcher says
Posted on 06/13/2013 12:36:40 PM PDT by Zakeet
Parents who read their kids stories about happy, human-like animals like Franklin the Turtle or Arthur at bedtime are exposing their kids to racism, materialism, homophobia and patriarchal norms, according to a paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Most animals portrayed in childrens books, songs and on clothing send a bad message, according to academics Nora Timmerman and Julia Ostertag: That animals only exist for human use, that humans are better than animals, that animals dont have their own stories to tell, that its fine to demean them by cooing over their cuteness. Perhaps worst of all, they say, animals are anthropomorphized to reinforce socially dominant norms like nuclear families and gender stereotypes.
Authors are often trying to convey good social values in childrens books with animal characters, whether it be acceptance or generosity or inclusivity. But Ms. Timmerman wishes these authors would acknowledge that animals themselves may have lessons to teach us. For example, bees buzzing around a hive or ants in an ant farm can teach the importance of community and teamwork without having to be anthropomorphized, she said.
Billy the Bee doesnt necessarily project any kind of cultural bias unless we ignore, for example, that worker ants are mostly females and we call them male because we tend to think of workers as male, she said.
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You Freepers had better be careful what you say on this thread ... cause this Libtard is ready to report people like you to Children's Protective Services for doing evil-wicked things like reading morally uplifting books to your children and grandchildren!
These people redefine “absurd”.
Right out of Mao Zedong’s “The Thoughts of Chairman Mao”, the definitive tome of Cultural Revolution where the term “Political Correctness” was coined.
I am speechless.
Obviously a vegetarian. you know, they really do believe all that stuff about the USA being institutionally racist. For a while it was just funny, but now, under the chief marxist, they are being taken seriously.
I usually dont attack ones looks but man that ugly stick was swinging for the fence’s the day she was born
1. She needs to wash her hair.
2. She needs to wash her hair.
3. Momma needed to smack her bottom years ago.
Before they are done, they will have destroyed ALL innocence and everything that was good in this once great country
Isn’t this PC moron actually discriminating against Furries?????
Wow, she looks like a Helean Thomas clone someone took a belt sander to....
Just to let you know, sex segregated public toilets are the next evil bastion of oppression to be overcome:
Saturday morning kiddie shows & PBS as well should just show cartoon animals, killing, eating, mating, defecating and sleeping because that is all animals do. Animals are not liberal and they do not want to save the planet they live by the law of fang and claw.
Geez, what would this person think of “Wind in the Willows” I wonder?
Not that I care.
It stinks on ice that tax dollars probably paid for this pile.
Until people start mocking these idiots publicly and often, nothing changes.
Advancements in tech have created way too much free time.
Boney, stringy hair, bug-eyed, probably hair armpits and legs. The woman looks exactly as I would have pictured her.
Well ....In the words of Bugs Bunny : “WHAT A MOROOON” !
The lib social scientists are experts at propaganda and brainwashing. Did she list all the books she is against so that I can buy them now for my unborn grandchildren?
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