Sexism in online children’s literature: The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter

Istiadah, Istiadah and Afifah, Annisa Rahmaniyah (2020) Sexism in online children’s literature: The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter. Presented at The 1st International Conference on Recent Innovations, 26-28 September 2018, Jakarta.

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This study examines the portrayal of sexism in online children story by Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. This story is chosen because it is written by a woman and it has female character but it is not the heroine in the story. It applies Ambivalent Sexism theory by Peter Glick and Susan Fiske in order to find what attitudes of ambivalent sexism portrayed in the story. It also uses additional tools to view sexism retrieved from The Council on Interracial Books for Children. The result of this study shows that sexism still occurs in children’s literature through the story lines, lifestyles, relationship between people, the hero, and loaded words, strengthen with the illustration. This study also found ambivalent attitudes in the stories where benevolent sexism is more dominant which identifies positive evaluations fit to protective paternalism. Meanwhile, the strongest hostile sexism portrayed in the story is the domination of male toward female or heterosexual hostility. It also highlights the traditional expectation that men are aggressive and authoritative while women are submissive.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: Ambivalent Sexism; Benevolent Sexism; Online Children’s literature; Hostile Sexism
Depositing User: Zulaikha Mu'anis
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 12:42


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