Children’s media use cuddly animals to reinforce ‘racist’ and ‘socially dominant norm

Children’s media use cuddly animals to reinforce ‘racist’ and ‘socially dominant norms,’ researcher says
Sarah Boesveld | 13/06/06


Last Updated: 13/06/06 6:53 PM ET

More than 7,000 academics are gathered in Victoria, B.C., this week for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, presenting papers on everything from the errant lessons of Grey’s Anatomy to Justin Trudeau’s political brand power. In this week-long series, the National Post showcases some of the most interesting research.

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 children’s 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 don’t have their own stories to tell, that it’s 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.

Good Lord, just imagine if these fruitcakes discovered Frog and Toad, Dr. Suess and Beatrix Potter!

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The Progressive homosexuals have already been protesting Dr. Suess’ “If I Ran A Zoo” story as blatantly homophobic because he used the term ‘queer’ to describe something as being strange–the original meaning of the word when the story was written.

… LOL … “fruitcakes” is right. Nailed 'em.

Few phrases in the article stood out anywhere near as much as this one: “according to a paper.” I note that the “a” means we have a Fruitcake Lone Ranger here with her sidekick, not Tonto, but Julia.

Happy to report: Nora Timmerman and her sidekick Julia are 2 mouths out of 7,095,217,980 other mouths holding forth (July 2013 world population est. according to the CIA World FactBook).

The world’s lunatic fringe can be entertaining, but they are running short of original material …yawn. I think Nora and “Tonto” belong on the web, it’d be their natural home along with all the other members of the Lunatic Fringe that haunts the worldwide web:

atheistic Dawkins clones, befuddled nutjobs, dweebs, twerbs, drunkards, fatty-puffers, porn-gobblers, aliens, snerds, nerds, turds, hippys, metrosexual perverts, liberal limp-wristed goonies, billy bob-tailed therapy-hungry finks, androgynous punks, truthers, radical anarchists, and other creatures that now and then float to the surface from their lairs deep in the smelly sour watery bowels of the Internet, creeps all, and blood brothers to Gollum, aka Smeagol … lol …

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atheistic Dawkins clones, befuddled nutjobs, dweebs, twerbs, drunkards, fatty-puffers, porn-gobblers, aliens, snerds, nerds, turds, hippys, metrosexual perverts, liberal limp-wristed goonies, billy bob-tailed therapy-hungry finks, androgynous punks, truthers, radical anarchists
[/quote]WOW!!! Was that list spontaneous, something that just flowed, or was it something you had to think about first?

In any case, my hat’s off to your creativity. Can I use this, or do I have to give you a footnote if I do? Or would I give the footnote to Dr. Seuss? (Sounds like something he might compose.)

Seriously, your creative skill is awesome! My compliments, sincerely.

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I liked Arthur. :frowning:

Hello BobJam,

Thank you …

/Big Grin … Yeah, it just flowed spontaneously … lol … and it was all mine and yeah you can use it anytime and without credit.

:freaked:

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Just…what?

Or Narnia…

That was almost Dr. Seuss-esque, Jack!

… lol … I was inspired and motivated by Nora Timmerman and her sidekick “Tonto” aka Julia …

Btw, happy Father’s Day, Pete :slight_smile: … and I’m fat with cash tonight, all my offspring came by with Father’s Day cards and hard cash … lol … and with the usual, “I didn’t know what to get you, so…”

I like that!! Ha, “Sam’s Club, here I come!”

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Social Justice is a DISEASE. What a bunch of BS.