Sunday, June 16, 2013



Racist animals?



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.

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8 comments:

Use the Name, Luke said...

Perhaps worst of all, they say, animals are anthropomorphized…

Self-refuting argument alert!

Anonymous said...

What do you mean Luke - beacuse humans are also animals? If so, aren't you perhaps deliberately missing the point?

Anonymous said...

Among Liberals, nonsense abounds and foolishness prevails.

Anonymous said...

That's quite a mouthful coming from two leftist lesbians. You can bet they would have no problem is all kids were made to read, "I have Two Mommies".

"Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty that is terrorism..."

Anonymous said...

Oh no! We certainly cannot abide those nuclear families.

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is these two were given press and publicity instead of being told they were making fools of themselves and to try to get a grip on reality.

Anonymous said...

I guess we are now in the time when every book or song, poem or story heck every thought must be ok'd by a government approved homosexual.

Any thought or word that does not meet with their approval must be banned!

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
- Robert Heinlein

stinky said...


You forgot to mention, JJR, that the report also explicitly recommended that children be taught to behave like ants instead: obedient, communal insects.