Having denigrated television in this way, the Oompa-Loompas go on to sing the praises (literally) of books. Much as I adore Roald Dahl's work generally, I feel that this song crosses the line from amusing satire into prejudiced propaganda in a way that the other Oompah-Loompas songs don’t. Mike Teavee’s vice is one of overindulgence; he overindulges in television in the same way that Augustus Gloop overindulges in chocolate. Both things are bad in excess, but Dahl does not have the Oompa-Loompas denigrate chocolate in Gloop's exit song.IT ROTS THE SENSES IN THE HEAD!IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLINDHE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTANDA FANTASY A FAIRYLAND!HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES!
I’ve set up this blog because I want to start a debate about gender bias in picture books.
I think that the output of the picture book industry reflects girls’ tastes far more than it does boys’ and that this bias is exacerbating the gender gap between boys’ and girls’ reading abilities.
My argument, based on my experience as both an author and a parent, is set out in the three articles below.
This article looks at some of the scientific evidence that suggests there are innate differences in boys' and girls' preferences.
This article addresses concerns about gender stereotyping which may arise from the assertion that some preferences are boy or girl-typical.