Unacceptable Influences on Sesame Street

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Sometimes i am really disturbed by some of the things that happen on Sesame Street. The show just makes me so sick at times, like they try to make boys think its okay to be cheerleaders or having one of the boy fairies pretend to be Cinderella and put on a gown and heels.. Even some of the stuff they have the boys say like "oooh i like the way these heels make my calves look!" It is so annoying, there is no way they should be teaching this too kids. Abby Caddaby should have been the one with the Cinderella gown, but instead they choose a boy fairy, it makes me sick! I don't have anything against gay ADULTS, but when they try to put this influence on our KIDS through what is supposed to be an innocent educational program, it just really gets under my skin! What i do is avoid those episodes. I still let him watch Sesame Street, because its not all bad... but, we have at&t U-verse recorded tv; so, when i see the names of those episodes like "Baby bear(who is a boy)'s baby doll " or something like that, i simply delete them or fast can't forward past those parts.. It's just so disgusting though, i know it just be me who feels this way!

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Medic - posted on 11/19/2011

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I think you have a horrible archaic view of what is manly and womanly. My husband is far more nurturing to our kids as far as kissing booboos and shit like that than I am. He tends to do most of the cooking, and he was the one that has always gotten up in the night with the kids. He gets them dressed in the mornings and takes them to school too. I don't see how power tumbling and throwing girls into the air and catching them is girly but hey its your opinion. My daughter plays with all of her "girl" toys as well as all of her brothers "boy" toys. I think it is sad in todays society that is it not even thought twice of a girl playing with boy toys or doing boy sports but god freaking forbid a boy wants to emulate the women in his life. BTW my son regularly paints his fingernails green black or blue and same for his hair. It is all a phase, and it is really not worth the battle, if it is "normal" now then that is one or two less things he has to rebel against as a teen. I will not and I will not allow others to tell either of my kids what "rolls" they should fill in this world. We are a relatively unconventional family, we do not allow anything character, we do let them be whatever they want and practice whatever interests them, we encourage them to think for themselves and be understanding of others and their choices. I do not fit the IDEAL woman mold.....but my husband is willing to meet me in the middle...or a little closer to my end and that makes him more of a man to me.

Medic - posted on 11/18/2011

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I get what your saying, but please tell me what is wrong with boys being cheerleaders? My 5 year old SON is a cheer leader and is in power tumbling, and gymnastics, he has taken dance or gym since he was 18 months and loves it. Granted he also plays soccer and baseball. He plays with baby dolls, and trucks, helps me cook and gets muddy. My best male friend is straight and a cheerleader for his university...let me tell you the chickypoos love him. I get that the comments are a little strange but why assign gender rolls like that? You should be careful of what you pass onto your children, yes my son gets teased but he is doing what HE loves at the moment and both his father and I support that. He may change his mind later but he is amazing at his choice of sport and the kids that tease him get told that jealousy and judgement are two horrible j's to show to others.

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Jennifer: Lol wow, First of all, if you don't like what i have to say then don't read and/or comment! Now, nothing you just wrote and i mean NOTHING had anything to do with what i just said!



let me break it down for you, i specifically said "i don't think [cooking, dancing, singing, boxing, etc] has anything to do with gender.. both genders dance and cook, sing, and so forth, those are unisex activities," meaning both genders do those things.. you mention something about me calling your son & husband feminine, i specifically said "I just don't care much for the cheerleading idea, TO ME, it's a feminine activity" mind you cheerleading has traditionally been a female sport for what, all our lives.. Never would i say your child is feminine, for Christ sakes i don't even know your child, & even if i did i would never judge someone in that manner. Now, like i said before, we have genders for a reason, women can only conceive a child with a man, we are different and by saying that i believe that a man and a woman should be together.. When i said "Men should act as men and women should act as women, not be both." i meant men should dress and act like men, not wearing wigs, dresses, and high heels (pretending to be a woman), basically saying i don't believe men should be transsexuals (one day a man, then a woman the next day).. now that's just what i believe, i never said i hate people who are that way, because ppl are entitled to their own identity.. just like I'm entitled to my OWN OPINION!



& in reference to your husband being a father, I never said only mothers should do those types of thing for their kids, there is no gender specific duties... Those things are done as a parent, for Christ sakes i have parents myself, i was once young, just as well as i have a child whom is loved the same by both parents, it isn't based on what gender the parent is. Maybe you need to read more carefully and stop jumping to conclusions!

Sal - posted on 11/19/2011

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The statement "I have nothing against gay adults BUT" pretty much has the hole post summed up.....

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I don't think kids need to actually learn how to roll play, that usually comes naturally... It's a part of having an imagination and being a kid. Sesame Street used to be more about educating the kids academically, but now they don't really count anymore or learn the alphabets... Sometimes they have a number of the day, letter of the day, & a word of the day; which they cover for literally about 50 seconds each, while using mainly the entire show to enhance their imagination, as if they even need help in that area. I just don't see the point in that.

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my point for saying that is because i know there would be a lot of talk about homosexuality from this post, and also because i truly don't have anything against the adults, but why teach this to kids? they could be learning something academically educational, instead of role play the entire time!

Medic - posted on 11/19/2011

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Well thank you for clarifying that comment... because when taken with your views I am sure you can see how it can be interpreted either way. There are those out there that have the men do men jobs and the women do womens jobs mentality. I apologize for taking it that way. This is one of the hard things about forums, words don't show the voice and emotions of the writer rather they just invoke emotions in the reader.

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My son dances, I'm in the process of enrolling him into a school, he helps cook as well, sings, a boxer, etc. i don't think that has anything to do with gender.. both genders dance and cook, sing, and so forth, they are unisex activities... I just don't care much for the cheerleading idea, to me it's a feminine activity. The fact of the matter is we have genders in the world for a reason, we are in fact different, whether ppl choose to believe that or not. The very fact why only men and women can reproduce together. Men should act as men and women should act as women, not be both. Now, i'm not against anyone doing those things, nor will i teach my child to be, it's just not something i believe in. You make a good point though, with the women lol.

Sharlene - posted on 11/18/2011

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I dont think sesame street do the gay thing, They roll-play different roles for children to recongise .like back when we were kids sesame street was just acouple of monsters and harry and bert LOL.But these days they show children roll-playing and fine motor skills .Is that what we want our kids learing instead LOL

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I don't think they did it back then either, but back then we didn't have the gay rights movement boycotting Sesame Street either, sooo.. what do i know, i never really liked Sesame Street when i was young, i liked Barney & Winnie the Pooh, it's much more interesting for the kids than it used to be though...

& before someone asks, yes they boycotted to make the characters Bert & Ernie partners, which Sesame Street shot down, because they said those characters were to show kids that they could have friendships even if they don't always agree with one another. Anyway lol, you're right, it really doesn't have anything to do with homosexuality, my point was only that there's no need for Sesame Street trying to influence these kids, teach them about friendships and education, not how heels make someone's calves look.

Sharlene - posted on 11/18/2011

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Home sexual has got really nothing to do with this this really LMFAO

Sharlene - posted on 11/18/2011

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I find sesame street really cool but I do ewhen they try doing roll-playing with them, I cant remerber sesame street been like that when I was a kid LOL.but I not bad mounting either,

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Johnny: I don't know, it's just my opinion. I don't expect anyone else to understand why, we all have different views. But, even when it comes to homosexual men, i have no problem with that, i have acquaintances that are gay... But, i don't think its necessary to wear dresses and high heels.. It just vexes me why someone would date someone of the same gender that acts and appears the way the opposite sex does, it doesn't really make much sense to me... off topic, but it's contradicting to me.

Kelina: I agree with you in a way, that's true (except the cross dressing part), but kids shouldn't feel like they HAVE to be a certain way, they should be allowed to have an imagination. The thing that concerns me is that, this should be something they decide to do and not be something they're doing just because they seen it on Sesame Street.

Kelina - posted on 11/18/2011

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The calves comment I might have been irked at but really I see no problem with a boy wearing girl dressup clothes. my son plays with dolls, wears dresses for dress up and likes to play with grandmas makeup. This doesn't mean he's gay he's just using his imagination. Yup that wonderful thing we all lost when we grew up and hit highschool. It's the same thing that turns barney into a living dinosaur, and dolls into babies. My son loves his baby doll, even tried to breastfeed a couple times after my daughter was born lol but he's still very much a boy and plays with boy things too. why should we assign gender roles so young? I say let them play. Things like this teach our children acceptance and freedom of imagination, who cares what gender they were? Chances are your kids don't care. I certainly don't.

Johnny - posted on 11/18/2011

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So girls can do "boy" things but boys can't do "girl" things? I do not understand. Why?

Amy - posted on 11/18/2011

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Well my son will play with stuffed animals, and his younger sisters dolls. He is a very compassionate child and is very empathetic. He is the first one to run over to try and console a crying child because their balloon popped. If he said he wanted to take dance I would strongly encourage him not discourage him because it too girly. I don't see a difference between a boy being a cheerleader or a nurse, as a girl being a firefighter or policeman. I think if either want to do that then good for them.

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Yes, they usually do a lot of the weird stuff during Abby's Flying Fairy School or in the beginning of the show. I think the "calves" thing, was probably a joke for the parents who are watching the show with their kids, but i don't think that's appropriate... because, kids today are very advanced, they pick up on those types of things. I wouldn't mind if a girl pretended to be a police, firefighter, etc. That's pretty normal, girls are often tom boys when they are young, but it's different for a boy (to me atleast). I wouldn't allow boys to wear female clothing, play with baby dolls, etc. But that's just my opinion.

Amy - posted on 11/18/2011

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I must of missed the episode where a boy said "oooh I like the way these heels make my calves look", I don't think a boy or girl watching Sesame Street should really care how their calves look in heals but that's just my opinion. The other stuff doesn't bother me, if my son wants to be a cheerleader it wouldn't bother me, just like it wouldn't bother me if my daughter wanted to be a fireman so I can't say that I relate to you on the other stuff.

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