National Post

Children’s media use cuddly animals to reinforce ‘racist’ and ‘socially dominant norms,’ researcher says
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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    this is one of a series of articles written about the thing i was at in BC, lol
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    Well, darn. I must be a horrible person.
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    Interesting…
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    this shit sundae keeps getting better and better
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    The only problem I’ve ever had with anthropomorphized animals is the ludicrous way gender stereotypes were reinforced...
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    this entire fucking paper i am in hysterics furries are just another perpetration of humanitys socially dominant norms...
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