107: Baby Shower

So, I posted a link to an article on Twitter. Turned out to be a mistake, because Twitter allows for little context and I got a surprisingly amount of negative feedback of both intelligent and unintelligent sort. Anyway, I'm going to do what I should have done originally and talk about it here. I'm going to start with the disclaimer that while Thomas the Tank Engine is the only cartoon outright banned in our house, there are plenty of shows my son never had an interest in and so I have zero opinion on such as Caillou, Barney, Blue's Clues or Teletubby's. Thomas was something we had access to, he liked watching, but I told him he wasn't allowed to, because I found it incredibly classist and dislike the messaging. So I'm not saying that Thomas the Tank engine is the worst show ever, I'm saying it's the only one my son liked well enough to want to see and I told him he couldn't. Moreover, just because I don't want to raise my children to be "really useful" little worker bee who knows his place, doesn't mean that I think other people shouldn't or that if other's love the show that they're wrong. Also, while I think Chuggington is a much healthier, gender balanced show, it still wouldn't make my son's top ten favorites, maybe not even his top 25. We're Blaze and the Monster Machines fans; Team Umizoomi, Wallykazaam, Doozers, Wild Kratts, Puffin Rock, Sarah & Duck, Dinotrux, Masha and The Bear... those are the favorites in this house. That said, I felt totally vindicated when the New Yorker came out with an article talking about the dystopian classist vibe of the Thomas the Tank Engine series. It dove way further into the body of works than I ever have and it was nice to see someone else pointing out how cruel some aspects of the show are. This is the link, but seriously, if you think it might "ruin your childhood" or that I'm "retarded" for sharing it or am doing so some far left conspiracy, please, just don't read the article. I'm not forcing you to do it.