Shows for girls
Having had my daughter recently become a fan of Octonauts, I’m a bit depressed at the terrible low profile the female characters get. In the episode we just watched earlier, a female briefly gets to start everything off, only to be swallowed by a whale shark and then need rescuing by the active male characters. Another of the female characters seems to have responsibility for the engineering, but is very much a bit part.
My daughter is also keen on the program Busytown Mysteries, with two male principals (Huckle and Lowly Worm) and one relegated female (sister Sally). Gack.
There’s an obvious contender show, that being Dora the Explorer, but this hasn’t been as successful, and really rubs the parents the wrong way too. The whole program seems to consist of the voice for Dora yelling in an extremely unappealing way. The character is not yelling, but her voicing is, and this is really grating.
Given how gender-identity seems to be a big part of being a three-almost-four year old, I don’t want her diet to so relentlessly treat females as marginal. While I can definitely recommend Olivia and Charlie and Lola, these are also totally domestic shows. If she is to see drama and adventure, the options seem to be yelling Dora, or shows where the girls are after-thoughts.