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AIBU to think this CBBC game to teach 7-11yr olds touch typing is incredibly sexist and to want to do something about it

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jaxxyj Mon 11-Jul-16 14:04:45

Hello all
I was trying to find a touch typing tutor for my teens and I came across this CBBC game called Dance Mat typing for 7-11 year olds which I think is incredibly sexist and offensive, the women/girl characters are grossly stereotypical with huge lipstick lips and batting eyelids and girly voices. I know it is cartoonlike but please, do we not expect better for our children! IMO this should not be acceptable in a learning setting! I have complained to BBC.
here is the link and here is link to complain if you wish to

nancy75 Mon 11-Jul-16 14:09:09

You know one of the females is a hippo?

nancy75 Mon 11-Jul-16 14:09:41

And another appears to be a cat with no lipstick and a perfectly respectable jumper?

RedSoloCup Mon 11-Jul-16 14:10:46

Seems fine to me I'm trying level 1 and it's a goat? Don't see the issue....

nutellacrumpet Mon 11-Jul-16 14:11:28

I was all ready to be up in arms... until I saw the hippo with lipstick.


RedSoloCup Mon 11-Jul-16 14:17:33

Good typing game recommendation for my kids though, thanks

HarryPottersMagicWand Mon 11-Jul-16 14:52:23

I haven't clicked the link but the replies are very amusing and I don't think I need to now.

I also want to learn touch typing but thought I'd have to do a course so now know I can look online, thanks OP.

Nanny0gg Mon 11-Jul-16 14:58:22


Children of both sexes love it!

I hate to tell you but I actually used it in school to teach typing.

The only annoying part is the talking so I made sure they all wore headphones.

Kenduskeag Mon 11-Jul-16 15:00:32

Level one has a male goat and a male cockerel. There's an octopus wearing a flower.

Level 3 has a male bull in lederhosen. That's kind of anti-Austrian, perhaps.

LilacSpunkMonkey Mon 11-Jul-16 15:01:30

So, two female characters, one of which has lipstick and eyeliner on.

And you want people to complain about that?


Hockeydude Mon 11-Jul-16 15:05:13

My dc school recommend this website. I'd jus forget it, it's been there years

VestalVirgin Mon 11-Jul-16 15:07:20

Technically, the hippo could be a transwoman, or a gender-non-conforming male hippo. Perhaps the voice is clearly female, but hippo bodies don't have much of a sexual dimorphism, I think ...

The "gender-markers on female animals" and "male as default" thing gets on my nerves, and I understand perfectly why it annoys you, but sadly, the baseline level of accepted sexism is so high that those things don't really upset anyone who is used to the mainstream.

EdmundCleverClogs Mon 11-Jul-16 15:09:10


Oh, you're serious confused.

P1nkP0ppy Mon 11-Jul-16 15:13:04

FFS, just what do you intend to do about it?

VestalVirgin Mon 11-Jul-16 15:16:57

FFS, just what do you intend to do about it?

Complaining is the first step, so that the producers of such games know the reasons when you start the boycott.

ApocalypseSlough Mon 11-Jul-16 15:23:55


Oblomov16 Mon 11-Jul-16 15:28:35

Ha ha. Notes down website for ds2 touch typing.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 11-Jul-16 15:33:30

What somebody think of the animals? They never asked for lederhosen and lipstick. They have no choice sad

georgiatraher Mon 11-Jul-16 15:34:21

Mavis Beacon.

IceRoadDucker Mon 11-Jul-16 15:35:20

You know one of the females is a hippo?

Cannot stop laughing!

Jasonandyawegunorts Mon 11-Jul-16 16:07:57

huge lipstick lips and batting eyelids

Hippos do have big lips and eyes....

bloodymaria Mon 11-Jul-16 16:12:09

Careful now.

Down with this sort of thing.

jaxxyj Mon 11-Jul-16 17:00:59

Obviously a very different demographic on here than at my work who were all outraged!

minipie Mon 11-Jul-16 17:18:02


Usually I'm first with the "sexism is a problem even if it's very minor" but this is too minor even for me.

EdmundCleverClogs Mon 11-Jul-16 17:32:20

'Outraged' grin.

Hope you managed to get some work done, and you all weren't too busy 'furiously googling' the complaints department/Daily Mail....

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