I've been away for a few days, but here are a few things that caught my eye, which I bookmarked before I left:
- Looks like the Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain are coming out on DVD!
- The U.S. Postal Service is selling Disney Romance stamps
- Just because it's strange... Check out this pink tank cosy. Yes, that's right, I said tank cosy. Like a tea cosy, but for tanks. Complete with pom-poms.
- While we're on the subject of tanks... click here to listen to Neil Young's new album, Living With War, in its entirety. I'm listening to it for the first time now. I'm not a big Neil Young fan, but so far I think it's fantastic, and the lyrics are very thought provoking.
- Here's a great New York Times article about 'See Jane', an organization that raises awareness of gender stereotypes and inequality in children's media, and aims to balance things.
"These unrealistic representations may powerfully influence young children of both genders because their concepts of self are still developing — and because young children are likely to own and view movies again and again, Smith says.Technorati tags: Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, cartoons, Disney, tank cosy, war, Neil Young, Living With War, music, See Jane, children, stereotypes
That view is supported by more than 30 studies showing young children's exposure to television greatly influences gender role acceptance and attitudes. With repeated viewing of television characters portrayed in a narrowed range of traditional roles, a child's expectations for his or her own gender, as well as the opposite gender, are likely to become simplified and stereotypical.