Always Check the Eyelashes: Your CBeebies Guide to Gender.

thank you xx

The (mal)Contented Mother


Ah, Cbeebies. A land filled with possibilities. Where lions and zebrascancoexist as equals and trainee knights befriend cave-dwelling trolls. Where every community – even small Scottish fishing villages -is amulticultural, wheelchair-accessible beacon of diversity. Surely, this is the utopia of which we all dream?

I do love CBeebies. In fact more than this I attribute a good proportion of my parenting sanity to its existence #nojokeofalie. I love that they show women being scientists, fitness instructors, bus drivers, pirate captains, minibeast adventurers, post officers (is that a thing?), nurses, nursery teachers, cooks, stay at home mums… Ahem. Well, you get the picture.

Yes, in the realm of humans the confinements of gender have (almost, sort of) been stripped away, huzzah to that! However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I mean, we need some stereotypes, right? Otherwise how will girls find out that they’re supposed to be pretty andbookish?…

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