What has this world come to when we are criticizing such classic books like “Winnie the Pooh” for not being gender equal? Enter Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, who studied nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000 and determined the stories and determined a bias and a disproportionate representation of genders.
A comprehensive study of traditional children’s book characters has determined that Pooh Corner may be rife with gender inequality.
Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, examined nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000 and determined the stories have a definitive gender bias and a disproportionate representation of genders.
“We found that males are represented more frequently than females in the titles and the central characters in the book,” McCabe told Fox News Radio.
Fifty seven percent of the children’s stories featured male characters, 31 percent featured female characters and the remainder had animal characters of unknown gender identity, according to the study.
Next Dr. Janice McCabe will be reviewing the same books and questioning why there are no “transgender” characters as well. McCabe also went on to question cartoons also as having a gender inequality. Really, has McCabe asked Nancy Drew, Pebbles, Josey & the Pussycats, Jane of ‘Dick & Jane’ fame, and Betty & Veronica of ‘the Archies’, for their opinions?
Please tell me that tax payer dollars did not go to fund this study? I think that a call might need to go to the Governor of Florida and ask that very question.
Over at Free Republic some of the commenters ask whether Dr. Janice McCabe will next he studying Pooh’s obsession with honey and his eating disorder, Tigger’s attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, Pigglet’s anxiety and Eeyore’s depression.