Anthropomorphic Feminism

Piers Ackerman alleges that Peppa Pig, star of the children’s animated children’s program of the same name is a “weird feminist”.

It would, indeed, be quite weird to think many animal species specifically here, pigs, are in need of feminism, as it appears it is mainly the young males who provide food for our tables, whilst many of the females are preserved for breeding purposes! 

But I fancy this is not what Piers Ackerman means by weird.  I will not quibble with him on this point as I accept he is inferring Peppa and her family are anthropomorphic and represent aspects of the human race. But in that representation can we not acknowledge that there are bossy big sisters who might sometimes give their lovely Dads a hard time (with the very sweet Dad often letting her win out in the end)? By not mentioning a rival program, Mr Ackerman obviously already accepts there can be kindly big brothers, like Charlie, who has Lola’s interests at heart even though Charlie, at times, acts in a paternalistic, bordering on a bossy, even controlling manner. Both these programs  present to children, in an amusing fashion, the best of humanity. They demonstrate a lot of family love for and between children.

Perhaps Mr Ackerman’s  critical energy could be more profitably directed to consideration of films such as “The Incredibles”. This is a children’s film for a similar age group to the previous two programs mentioned and involves a family of Superheros. Dad and brothers have the normal range of superhero power and strength. Sister is invisible. Mother is stretchy and can stretch herself in a way that defies all laws of physics or conservation of matter so as to multitask and accommodate any situation. In addition only the two females need special clothing.

If you really must expound on children’s television Mr Ackerman, put your mind to explaining how this is not some rival, power hungry, capitalist, sexist depiction of modern family life. 

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About Anne Powles

I am retired from paid employment. During my working life I have been variously and sometimes contemporaneously, wife, mother of four, lawyer, teacher and psychologist. I have also been a serial education junkie. As are we all, I have been an observer of the world around me. Here I have recorded some of my memories, observations and theorisings.
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