According to results presented by a researcher during a recent conference, parents who read their children books featuring the Berenstain Bears, among other characters, are putting the next generation at risk.
Nora Timmerman and Julia Ostertag, obviously lunatic leftists of the highest order, were among those who prepared research papers for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held recently in Canada.
They contend that stories featuring animals – such as cartoon protagonists Arthur and Franklin – who act like humans are detrimental in a litany of ways, despite the fact that generations of children grew up on just such fare with no evidence of negative influence.
Primarily, Timmerman said, these stories send the wrong message to adolescents by ignoring the fact that “animals themselves may have lessons to teach us” and instead insert them into a human situation.
Anthropomorphic animals should be replaced by creatures shown in their “full richness and ambiguity,” the paper suggests.
Otherwise, Timmerman contends, adolescents won’t “come to value that experience as much or think it’s worthwhile.”
While ridiculous on its face and easily addressed with a visit to the zoo, the paper’s next contention highlights the inanity of leftist thought.
Traditional families, who are roundly ridiculed by elitist academics, are easier to sell when embodied by talking animals, the researchers claim.
These stories advance a “culture of prejudice,” Timmerman said, suggesting that politically incorrect plots consisting of a mother, father, and children [gasp!] is often “more hidden when they’re inserted into a story about animals or animal form.”
Making sure there is no mistake about their research, the paper includes the outrageous opinion that “much” of the wholesome, educational content available for developing minds “reproduces and confirms, racist, colonial, consumerist, heteronormative, and patriarchal norms.”
Research from the likes of Timmerman and Ostertag, while objectively ludicrous, can be of some assistance to new parents. I suggest compiling a list of the books and cartoons these women criticize, using it as a reference for media to which your children should be exposed.
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