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Today’s talking point

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THE popular children’s story The Tiger Who Came to Tea has come under fire from campaigners against sexism in Scotland (where else?) 

Zero Tolerance, a taxpayer-funded group, has highlighted issues of ‘old fashioned’ family dynamics in the 1968 story by Judith Kerr, and questioned gender stereotypes which may prove ‘harmful’. Strangely, they claim that stories such as this reinforce male stereotypes and could lead to violence against women and girls.

Give me strength! 

If stories as soft as this one can be targeted, what else? Will minority lobby groups look to ban or open discussions on every book published pre-2000? Will we get to the point where the only books allowed in nurseries and primary schools are state-approved stories with a message that fits the times, where kids will learn about homosexual relationships, sex and gender fluidity? 

Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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