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Am dat peste un articol interesant in The Times: ‘Where are all the nice, normal dads in children’s books?’. Un pic mai mult decit un punct de vedere subiectiv al lui Damon Syson:

… In all the picture books piled up around our house — more than 100 of them, in unsightly towers — mothers appeared in just under half and were invariably portrayed in a positive light. Fathers cropped up in nine, of which only five took a positive role in parenting.

Of course, I shouldn’t base my judgment on our collection of books alone. But academic studies confirm that men are underrepresented in children’s books. When they do appear they are often withdrawn and ineffectual. In spite of today’s shifting parenting roles, books aimed at pre-school children still tend to depict the mother as the sole or primary care provider. Fathers are absent, silly or just plain busy.

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… psychologists estimate that children begin to form gender stereotypes between the ages of 3 and 5 — and while most pre-school literature perpetuates the idea that fathers are out at work and barely involved in childcare, the reality is very different. According to the Fatherhood Institute, British fathers in two-parent families now carry out, on average, 25 per cent of the family’s childcare-related activities during the week, and one third of those activities at weekends. And the pace of change is increasing. Between 2002 and 2005 the percentage of new fathers working flexi-time to spend more time with their young children rose from 11 per cent to 31 per cent.

Pina la urma, Syson incheie citindu-l pe Nicholas Tucker:

“… So if you really don’t think you can find a book with a decent father figure, why don’t you go away and write one?”

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