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Editor of Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation
(Seal Press, 1995)
Sam, who is two, is really into Teletubbies and Barney.
I used to be opposed to Teletubbies because the characters
use baby talk. I thought it would be bad for little kids to watch,
but I've come to think that this one show is not going to wreck their
I've also come to approve of Barney. Early on, my partner,
Kristen, and I were complaining about his irritation factor. Then
Kristen's sister said, "All parents say they want nonviolent
shows that appeal to kids and teach good values. Then Barney
comes along and people complain about it." She was right. The
show gives lessons about being polite, sharing and being fair. And
there is always a multicultural cast. While adults may view this as
contrived, children don't. The more they see it, the more this becomes
part of their expectation. At five, Grace is old enough to watch movies.
We own several of them: The Lion King, Tarzan, Pocahontas,
Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp. The approach
weve settled on is that we ll watch anything age-appropriate and then
talk about it. Kristen and I make a point of commenting. When Grace
saw The Little Mermaid, we said, I don t think its fair that
she has to give up her voice. Our approach has been a conscious one.
If there's anything to distinguish this generation of kids, it's the
intensity of the marketing to them. They're seen as consumers first,
and will be for the rest of their lives. Anything else their identity
as human beings, citizens, workers, students is secondary. They need
to be prepared for this. That's why we've chosen to enter into the