Gender stereotypes persist in children's literature

12/24/2013 | Last Word On Nothing, The

Children's literature and television continue to be heavily dominated by male characters, and even many of those with female leads reinforce gender stereotypes, according to Michelle Nijhuis. "[I]nsidiously, children’s books with girl protagonists sometimes celebrate their heroines to a fault. Isn’t it amazing that a girl did these things, they seem to say — implying that these heroines are a freakish exception to their gender, not an inspiration for readers to follow," writes Nijhuis.

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