The following is from a feminist blog about cartoon character Dora the Explorer:
Just as Dora presents a positive image to young girls, she does so for boys as well and this has been ignored in the outrage over the image change. When my boys watch and embrace Dora, they learn that masculinity is not the center of the universe even though so many things around them attempt to confirm this as a universal truth. It further becomes apparent to them that girls don’t all want to play dress up and mommy; they want to have adventures as well.
If we want boys to grow and believe that girls are their equals, positive images of femininity are extremely important. When feminists write we constantly say that sexism hurts men to but often this is just lipservice and no real analysis emerges to explore this theme. I waited patiently for someone to speak about Dora’s effect on boys but alas it was not to be. It seems that femininity has completely claimed her and by so doing we have ignored the mass appeal she has to both boys and girls.
My comment: there is absolutely nothing wrong with bemoaning the under-representation of female role models in cartoons. But while our feminist sisters have a conniption because girl cartoon characters are underrepresented, many of these same women are silent about -- or worse, they are perfectly OK with -- the reality that countless boys and girls spend the most critical portions of their lives, at home and in school, without a significant, day-to-day male role model.
Staggering numbers of children are being raised by just a woman or two women, and are being taught in our schools by virtually all women. Study after study confirms the incontrovertible fact that a host of social maladies result from the absence of dads in the home.
But very few feminists think the "under-representation" of day-to-day male role models in children's lives is a significant problem. Sadly, some feminists celebrate this reality as a form of twisted "empowerment."
But try and show them a cartoon without female role models . . . . Now that's a national crisis.
And that, my friends, tells you everything you need to know about the toxic myopia that infects mainstream feminism -- a myopia that sees sexism against women oozing from every crevice but that refuses to acknowledge that the marginalization of men --by women, not some artificial "patriarchy" construct -- can be every bit as, or more, harmful.