to be offended by peppa pig's sexist message?

(63 Posts)
ikeaismylocal Wed 05-Feb-14 18:20:52

Today we watched Peppe pig for the 1st time.

The story line went like this;

Peppa and george were jumping in puddles.
Daddy pig's football shirt got muddy.
Mummy washed the shirt, Peppa put her red dress in with the shrt.
The shirk came out PINK!
Daddy pig came home, Mummy pig said she needed to talk to him, Daddy pig said he didn't have time as he was going out to play football hmm
Daddy pig saw the pink football shirt, he said that must be one of Mummy's dresses because it was pink.
Peppa said there is nothing wrong with pink.
Daddy said pink wasn't a good colour for a football shirt, daddy pig asked george if pink was a nice colour, george said "yuk"
Daddy pig desides to go and play football in his white work shirt dispite having a perfectly good football shirt that just happened to be pink
No doubt Mummy pig had to deal with washing the mud out of the work shirt.

Aibu to be shocked by this gender sterotyping?

I have a 1 year old ds, he has pink clothes (and blue and yellow and purple and green) he plays with dolls, he has fairy wings, he also has cars and farm animals and balls.

I don't want ds to think that only dresses come in pink and boys should think that pink is yuk.

I live in a country where gender sterotypes not as common as in the UK so my opinion is maybe skewed.

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Cutiecat Wed 05-Feb-14 18:23:19

I disagree and I sometimes think Peppa Pig is a bit hard on old Daddy Pig but they have nothing on the marginalisation of Mr Boot in Apple Tree Farm.

VampyreofTimeandMemory Wed 05-Feb-14 18:23:36

i wish I could find more pink clothes for boys. I often see girls' clothes for toddlers that i'd love to dress mine in (wouldn't go as far as actual dresses or skirts) but they'd get funny looks. ds2 1 does wear tights though!

DipMeInChocolate Wed 05-Feb-14 18:27:31


GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 05-Feb-14 18:28:05

I have to say I don't generally find PP too bad for gender stereotyping, Mummy Pig working while Daddy cooks lunch for instance, but this episode is rather sexist.

littlebluedog12 Wed 05-Feb-14 18:31:03

You picked the wrong episode- my favourite is the one where they go to the fair and mummy pig wins everything- including the game where you have to hit something really hard with a hammer to ring a bell and the stallholder tells her she won't be able to do it grin

WestieMamma Wed 05-Feb-14 18:34:14

Daddy pig is really into Italian football with his favourite team being Catania. Their biggest rivals are Palermo who play in a pink kit.


JabberJabberJay Wed 05-Feb-14 18:35:38

That's a very long rant based on ONE episode OP. WhileI agree that the message of that particular episode isn't the greatest, the series as a whole is far from sexist.

If anything, males are portrayed as rather inept generally. It is Miss Rabbit who runs the fire service and pilots the helicopter. Mummy pig is much more capable than Daddy Pig and male characters often cook lunch and go to the supermarket.

FadBook Wed 05-Feb-14 18:45:53

I find pepos pig more fattiest than sexist, they're always taking the piss out if daddy pigs round belly grin

CajaDeLaMemoria Wed 05-Feb-14 18:50:42

Daddy pig is really into Italian football with his favourite team being Catania. Their biggest rivals are Palermo who play in a pink kit.

This. It'd be like wearing a Man Utd kit as a Liverpool fan.

ikeaismylocal Wed 05-Feb-14 18:58:48

I might try another episode then as it sound slike it isn't always such a stupid message.

I would like ds to watch the occasional tv program, English is his 2nd language so programs with lots of talking are good. He loves in the night garden but I am looking to find something where he hears more English conversation.

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SS3J Wed 05-Feb-14 18:58:57

As they ARE pink, you'd think they'd be a bit less judgmental about the colour!

InkleWinkle Wed 05-Feb-14 19:08:07

I've never seen Mummy Pig hoovering - Daddy Pig does it while Mummy Pig does 'important work on her computer'
I think she's on MN grin

DaddyPigsMistress Wed 05-Feb-14 19:13:17

Daddy pig is a very modern pig. He goes to work then comes home and does his share of the housework while mummy pig is on mumsnet.

Mummy also calls him fat alot too. Which is what pushed daddy into having an affair with me.

Fairy1303 Wed 05-Feb-14 19:14:29

I actually saw this one - I thought it was quite impressive that daddy pig did the laundry before going to work whilst mummy pig and the kids jumped in muddy puddles with scant regard for daddy pig's hard work with the clean washing.

And I thought daddy pig was quite cheerful about the whole sorry incident.

misses point

YABU (but only a bit)

zeezeek Wed 05-Feb-14 19:18:57

While I fully support women's rights (cos, like I'm a woman!) I do find it a little bit disturbing sometimes that in some TV shows/adverts etc men are seen as completely inept and the women smug. I have 2 DDs and they see their parents do both housework and go out to work...although it is a well know fact that I'm rubbish at ironing whilst DH is brilliant...but he can't cook to save his life and I'm pretty damn good!!

livelablove Wed 05-Feb-14 19:32:23

Are you Irene mother of Bertie from 44 Scotland Street?

ikeaismylocal Wed 05-Feb-14 19:47:20

Are you Irene mother of Bertie from 44 Scotland Street?

No! Who os Irene, and who is Bertie?!

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Ichibanformen Wed 05-Feb-14 19:47:50

You didn't pay attention.

He wears his workshirt because the teams colour is white. Not because the football shirt is pink and men can't wear pink or something.

Mouthfulofquiz Wed 05-Feb-14 19:48:31

Are people over thinking this slightly??? It's just a cartoon!

NannyPeach Wed 05-Feb-14 19:55:41

Yabu. You must try some other episodes - peppa pig is not a sexist cartoon at all.

livelablove Wed 05-Feb-14 21:30:28

I don't really think you are like the awful irene ikea she is a character in the 44 scotland st novels by Alexander McCall Smith who goes way too far in hothousing her bright 7 year old son Bertie and forcing him to have a pink bedroom which he hates.

Beavie Wed 05-Feb-14 21:33:02

What are you on about! Mummy pig is hard as nails! Not only can she hang a picture way better than daddy pig, but she beat all the blokes on the high striker at the fair!

17leftfeet Wed 05-Feb-14 21:38:31

I dd stopped watching peppa pig due to the constant portrayal of daddy pig as a total idiot

One memorable episode....

'Has anyone seen my glarrrses?'
'Yes daddy pig, they're on your head you bloody idiot'

Disclaimer -words may have been changed slightly to prove my point

Theknacktoflying Wed 05-Feb-14 21:38:45

The issue is just how insidious the messages are in these cartoons.

I really didn't like my two watching PP - dad always seems to come off badly - too fat, too inept, boring job ... And mummy pig is such a bloody know all and interfering, meddling in-laws.

It is perhaps funny from an adult perspective, but certainly isn't the happy families or the attitudes that I would want my preschoolers to get.

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