Object 1: Article
May 28, 2021
The first object I am using is an article written by the local newspaper ES (Spain) titled, “Little Red Riding hood banned from Catalan school in sexism row1”.
As described in the article, a Catalan school banned the fairy-tale ‘Little Red Riding hood’ because they claimed that Fairy tales could be interpreted as “toxic”, specifically how they depict sexist stereotypes – where the man is presented as a hero and a woman having to be saved by him. This is also the case for sleeping beauty, and Cinderella.
This object enriches the exhibition since it demonstrates how gender bias inherently manifests in our culture. It also refers to the notion of inevitability because we absorb these cultural aspects (e.g sexism) at a very young age when our critical thinking abilities are restricted. Therefore, our biases may subconsciously become ingrained in the way we think which could reflect in the knowledge produced, creating stereotypes; highlighting the fact that bias may be unavoidable.
Furthermore, this object contributes to the exhibition by illustrating how sociocultural norms affect the production of biased knowledge. ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ was published in 16972. Historically, the notion that a woman needed a man to save her, implying that she was not strong or competent enough to live without male protection, was not considered problematic or discriminatory due to sociocultural norms. However, our cultural beliefs have progressed; thus, one could argue that a modern interpretation of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ teaches children sexist bias. This highlights how bias is inevitable in the production of knowledge; since, the children exposed to the storyline learn to accept the biased gender roles.