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Our grandparents and parents' cartoons were clearly offensive. The Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp? The whole "Indian" scene in Disney's Peter Pan? Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby for God's sake?
We'd like to think that the cartoons we watched in the 1980s and onward — even those in syndication from earlier decades — might have fared a little more fairly, what with the social justice movements of the 1960s and '70s and all. Not so!
While alternative cartoonists like R. Crumb and animators like Ralph Bakshi knew what was hidden beneath the surface and made it clear in their over-the-top depictions of racism, misogyny, and violence, the mainstream continued to employ cultural stereotypes as an easy way to tell children's stories.
We look back on 10 of those here. Maybe you'll disagree with some of them. Good! Start a dialogue. In any event, you'll never look at Saturday morning cartoons in the same way again. (Sorry.)
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Finding a unique Valentine's Day gift is difficult enough. But, it can be even worse when there's someone with a Y chromosome on the receiving end. While your undying love should be enough, you don't want to show up empty handed since he's most likely going to do something nice for you (unless he totally forgot, which read