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He’s just a train

By Marni Soupcoff

The Toronto Star has rarely met an issue, problem or policy that it isn’t keen to re-frame as a war on women (or Blacks, or Muslims, or natives — but I’ll stick with women for now). Apparently, even fictional toy trains are fair game. Last week, the paper ran a piece called “Why Thomas is a really useless engine for girls.” In it, a Canadian professor explains her claim that the popular Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends television show contains a “conservative political ideology that punishes individual initiative, opposes critique and change and relegates females to supportive roles.”

Lock up your little girls, parents. Apparently, that friendly blue engine with a roundhouse full of pals is really a woman-hating oppressor who sidelines female mechanical devices and could destroy your daughters’ self esteem.

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Source: http://www.canada.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=bbd75e7a-6e58-4c4b-b8ee-915bb4072c74


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