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Perhaps this “academic” needs a heavier class load

Children’s favourite Thomas the Tank Engine has been attacked by a Canadian academic for being sexist.

Shauna Wilton, a professor of political sciences at the University of Alberta, also highlighted the class divide which sees Thomas and his friends at the bottom of the social ladder and the wealthy Fat Controller at the top.

She launched her study after watching the animated programme, which is shown in over 130 countries, with her three-year-old daughter.

via Ananova – Thomas the Tank is ‘sexist’

I wonder if she missed the irony in her comment:

“The female characters weren’t necessarily portrayed any more negatively than the male characters or the male trains, but they did tend to play more secondary roles and they’re often portrayed as being bossy or know-it-alls,” she said.

(My emphasis.)

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December 12, 2009 - Posted by | Dumb Stuff |

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