Boycotting the Berenstain Bears

19 Aug

Notice Papa is with the kids, and apparently ignoring his duty to mow the grass.

I know that this could get me in trouble with some of my readers.  Even more scary, I know that this could get me in trouble with my kids.  (Luckily, they don’t read my blog.)

I want to be honest.  My home is filled with the Berenstain Bears series.  I read them as a child, and wanted my children to read them.  However, when I started reading them as an adult, I was surprised at…  How do I say this?

Papa Bear is an IDIOT.

His stupidity is found not just once in the series of books, but over and over again.  As a child, it didn’t affect me.  As a dad, I am not asking that he be perfect, I just wanted him to sometimes be seen as a hero.

I am not saying that Papa is never seen in a good light.

However, for all the positive values that the books portray – Papa is rarely the source of them.  He is usually another example of what NOT to do.  In both book covers, notice how mama bear is the one trying to instill good behavior within the family, and papa is a part of the problem.

My children naturally make the connection between these stories and real life.  Whenever papa gets in trouble with mama bear, they laugh at not just at papa bear, but also at me.  I understand the concept of humor.  I also believe that the series has so many other potential sources of humor that there is no need to constantly present papa bear as incapable – of everything.

#howtodadLast week, I shared the Cheerios commercial #HowToDad.  This commercial is an example of a positive perspective of manhood.  Portrayals of men being incapable of caring for a family, cooking, cleaning, or shopping.  Gender stereotypes cause both sexes to appear simple and unintelligent.

I am not calling for manhood to be championed above womanhood.  I am not calling for womanhood to be championed above manhood.  I am asking that we take time to support and uphold both men and women who are competent and strong – daily following Jesus by caring for their families.

I am not calling for a boycott. (I only said that to get you to read the post.)

I am not asking for a book-burning.

I am just saying that we should be actively seeking positive role models of men within our society.

What is your favorite book, movie, or tv show that give a positive perspective of men?




6 Responses to “Boycotting the Berenstain Bears”

  1. Matthew Mills (@MatthewEMills) August 19, 2014 at 07:42 #

    Personally, I always loved the Little Critter books. I still have all the ones I got as a kid, too.

    • gdavidboyd August 25, 2014 at 09:01 #

      Love Little Critter – especially “Me and My Dad.” My sons, however, like to tease me and make me read them “Me and My Mom.”

  2. Bryan Logan August 20, 2014 at 10:23 #

    More than being an idiot, he’s always the one to blow his top and get angry. At least from what I can recall.

    • gdavidboyd August 25, 2014 at 09:02 #

      Very true Bryan. I am not sure why they characterize him in this way. I would love to interview the authors and ask why.

  3. Ben Jones August 23, 2014 at 23:37 #

    I really liked Jon Kent in Man of Steel, for however long he was in the movie.

    • gdavidboyd August 25, 2014 at 08:59 #

      I haven’t seen that movie yet, but I heard great things. I am surprised that I haven’t seen that movie yet because I collect comics. However, I mostly collect Marvel.

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