Why Children's Cartoons Have a Sexism Problem

October 6, 2014 9:30 PM

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Why Children's Cartoons Have a Sexism Problem

Racism in classic old cartoons is as ubiquitous as characters getting crushed by an anvil. Remember Slow Poke Rodriguez, the lazy, gun-toting Mexican rat from Looney Tunes? Or the blackface caricature Bosko, also from Looney Tunes? Or pretty much any and all of Disney's Song of the South?

These stereotypes have long complicated how we approach such shows. Should impressionable kids avoid watching them altogether? Is it too "PC" to shield them from shows that otherwise hold historic and cultural value? Is it OK to watch them as long as said viewing is accompanied by a discussion about...

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