June 16, 2013

Saying "Happy Fathers Day" is an oppressive patriarchal plot

Or something. It must be, if these "researchers" are to be in any way taken seriously:

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.

Saying "academics" like these clowns "have too much time on their hands" is like saying house flies like excrement. And I'm sure their "theories" have good company.

Posted by Hube at June 16, 2013 07:49 AM | TrackBack

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Yeesh. No wonder why people don't take academics seriously. These idiots are beyond parody, aren't they?

Posted by: Carl at June 16, 2013 02:13 PM