Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Thomas the Train
Sesame Street was first. Then we chugged on to Thomas the Train because he loved trains.
But I never really liked it. It's not especially educational, although they do promote being nice to others. Sort of.
Actually, I find it a bit sexist.
Sure, trains traditionally appeal to little boys and the creator of the books wrote them for his son. I get that. However, of all the engines, there is only one who is female. And she's annoying. She possesses some stereotypical "female nag" traits.
Then, of course, Clarabel and Annie are the coaches. In one of the books, they annoy Thomas with their excitement and giddiness and he has trouble "keeping them in line."
I wondered if I was the only person who thought these stories that promote hard work and honesty could be tinged with sexism. Apparently not. I Googled "Thomas the Train Sexist" and was amazed at how many responses I found.
Read for yourself.
What do you think?
Should authors who target children be aware of such messages?