Mark Allums mark at allums.com
Tue May 15 01:21:37 EDT 2007

Farah Mendlesohn wrote:
> There is a difference between avatars and stereotypes.
> Avatars are powerful tools for children.  They damn well don't need to be
> taught stereotypes unless you are actively planning to encourage playground
> bullying and life-long prejudice.

Children encounter bullies in Real Life (tm), identifying them in a book 
isn't going to do anything new to a kid's prejudices.  Bullies are just 
one example.  I take your point, and it is valid, but I don't really 
think that there is anything we can do to prevent children from 
developing their own personal prejudices.  The best we can hope for is 
that the child avoids the more vile of them, such as racism.

--Mark A.

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