Friday, July 1, 2011

PSA: In case of fire, hide under a frying pan

Why are some nursery rhymes so creepy? And why haven't we figured out how creepy they are and ditched them for pete's sake!

Tonight Little Spaghetti and I were reading through a set of little board books he has, and I came across this gem.
 Oh lady bugs! Cute!

 Ah! I think I remember this poem. Though...I don't think I know any more than the first two lines...

What?!? That's very unexpected.  And horrifying!

 Who is the narrator of this story?  And why doesn't he or she have a soul?  This is just cruel..
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Are you kidding me? Under the frying pan? This is the worst ending ever.

That is quite possibly the saddest lady but I have ever seen. 

Seriously...I could have gone the rest of my life without knowing that story.

And don't even get me started on the oppressive, anti-feminist undertones of this seemingly harmless story.*  I mean, really, just because she wasn't at home, in her kitchen, all the sudden it's her fault that her children have perished in a terrible fire?



*(That's sarcastic...I don't really think this book is trying to brainwash our kids. And I really don't want to start a feminist debate of some kind...)

19 comments:

  1. I thought the ladybugs with spots were the males??

    Oh, and if you want to talk traumatic children's stories, watch this: Go the F to sleep (as read by Samuel L Jackson)

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  2. Ha! Loved your comments to the pics. Yeah a lot of children's stories (especially the original versions) are creepy and disturbing as hell!

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  3. 100 years ago, when I was in college, we spent a good deal of time in my children's literature class discussing how dark Mother Goose really is, and wondering how the hell it came to be for children.

    BTW, Go the F to Sleep is my new favorite book!! ;-)

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  4. best to stay away from and Grimm's fairy tales too my sweet bloggy friend. Hugs!

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  5. OMG WTF?!

    At least Grimm's stories made sense. This one doesn't.

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  6. I know, right? The Brother's Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson... Heck, I even came to realize when I got older that the Bugs Bunny cartoons are actually promoting serious violence (not to mention Pepe Le Pew, the skunk... Can we say sexual harassment?). My friends actually got into a debate about this while we were driving to a Canada Day festival, about what exactly Disney movies and the like are actually putting into kids' heads! On the flip side, though, I grew up with all of the above and turned out just fine... really... just fine... ;-)

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  7. LMAO, I should not laugh but seriously, that is a horrible story. My eldest is very sensitive and would cry for days if she read that.

    I was just talking to my Nana about the amount of violence and sex in cartoons and when she tried to tell me it was only our generation I graciously pointed out to her that Betty Boop, Popeye and the original Looney Toons were far worse than some of the cartoons I let my kids watch.

    Don't get me started on Disney movies. I love Disney, but come on...telling someone to cut out a princess's heart? Poisoned apples? Dwarfs chasing the witch off a cliff? That was how many years ago? And now we have an old lady getting tripped out a window after stabbing someone in the back (literally). Doesn't seem like things have changed, why do the elder generations think we are the bad ones?

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  8. I don't know why but they are sure creepy... As well as nursery rhymes makes you wonder...LOL

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  9. I had no idea of the finish of that nursery rhyme! It does indeed have some definite undertones of anti-feminism! Ha Ha! Very funny observations in the comments too!

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  10. No, no, go ahead and start a feminist debate about the lady bug! It'll be fun!

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  11. @Lost In Idaho: I think you may be right about that. Perhaps the debate should be about gender identity instead of feminism. Also, that book rocks! (Though I don't think I'll add it to our bedtime routine.) Thanks for sharing.

    @bobo: I'm beginning to understand that some of the traditional kid stuff is really not all that kid-friendly!

    @ChiTown Girl: That actually sounds like a really interesting thing to study!

    @Katherine: Haha! I will. Thank you for the warning, dear!

    Amanda: That was my thought as well. This one was just totally out of nowhere!

    @Crystal: Your Pepe le Pew comment totally cracked me up. Perhaps they should add one of those loveisrespect.org ads after the air episodes of that show on tv.

    @Brittany: You're so right! It definitely isn't just the newest generation. They really can't blame us. After all...they raised us!

    @Adriana: I know! It does make you wonder.

    @Helena: I love you all (my readers). The fact that the comments are as good as my original post makes me so happy!

    @Sandra: Alright...if you insist. You first!

    @Whispering: If that ladybug doesn't break your heart, then you must be the Grinch, right? As if the story weren't sad enough...the illustrations just push it over the top.

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  12. You always have a way of making me laugh out loud at the most inappropriate times. Note to self: do not read this blog when the baby is napping.

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  13. @ Jessica: Haha! Glad I provide you with a laugh, though!

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