I Watched A Fair Amount Of Television

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Growing up, I watched a fair amount of television. Being the late 1990s and early 2000s, some of my favorites included Sesame Street, The Rugrats, Veggie Tales, and Little Bill. All of which, starred mostly male characters. At the time, I didn’t think much of it; it made sense for boys to be the stars. All of my teddy bears had boy names, the gender neutral characters in my books were boys, and I even called my female cat a boy. It wasn’t until later when I became more educated on gender inequality and stereotypes that I noticed the problem on television and in other aspects of my childhood that affected the way that I thought.
In 1991, Katha Pollitt, a poet and essayist, published Hers; The Smurfette Principle. She starts her essay off by telling the readers about her personal experience raising a daughter in a male dominated world. Pollitt mentions how she struggled with finding a children’s movie starring a female with more than just a nice figure, a pretty face, and a “damsel in distress” personality to give to her daughter for Christmas. She finally chose Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. Ariel, despite looking like the stereotypical princess, is brave, determined, and the hero of her own story unlike most Disney princesses. Pollitt considered Ariel role model material for her preschool age daughter and other young girls alike. Pollitt claims that television networks, movies, and books that are mostly male dominant send negative messages to the developing mind of

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