A Story of Race and Inheritance?
Dana Goldstein at the American Prospect
is irked that the Harry Potter
books (not to mention Lord of the Rings
) are full
of sexism, racism, and hereditism:
Harry Potter and the Complicated Identity PoliticsJ.K. Rowling subtly critiques, yet ultimately hews to, a fantasy script dependent on stereotypes culled from real-life racism.
Gosh, I`m so astonished that the most popular children`s literary work of our time reflects deep human archetypes about sex, family, and inheritance. I can`t imagine why feminist ideology hasn`t been able to produce anything remotely as appealing to kids. It must be society`s fault. If only feminists and multiculturalists were given more control over the education system, children`s interests could be social-engineered into perfection!
(My old essay "KidTV: A Guide for the Perplexed"
explains why the things children like are so politically incorrect.)