Posts Tagged ‘stereotypes’

Claims that Golliwogs sales helping keep girls out of prostitution

Monday, February 14th, 2022

The owner of a North Otago gift shop promoting golliwogs, or gollys as she likes to call them, says the dolls are not racist and sales help keep the Sri Lankan girls, who make them, out of prostitution. Read more Related Posts:Japanese temples hold funerals for unwanted dollsIt enslaves women! Spain’s PM vows to outlaw Read more

Pink and blue chocolate reinforces gender binary stereotypes

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Whittaker’s have launched pink and blue chocolate bars as a fundraiser for Plunket. But critics said it reinforces gender binary stereotypes. There have been a variety of reactions. Here are some of them. Related Posts:Go ahead, give up chocolate for LentTheology of chocolateThe wearing of the blue on St Patrick’s dayCatholic morality: theology lessons from Read more

The Ned Flanders effect – religious people unattractive?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

A collaborative study carried out by a number of universities around the world, including the The University of Otago in New Zealand, has found evidence for the existence of the Ned Flanders effect. Nedward “Ned” Flanders, is a character in the long running TV series The Simpsons. He is the Simpson family’s extremely religious next “diddly-door” Read more

“Dumb Irish” stereotype gets yet another airing

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Media have once again aired the common stereotype about the comic incompetence of the “Dumb Irish”, who are always good for a laugh. And the commentors have been quick to climb on board. Ireland, it seems, is inhabited by characters straight out of Fr Ted and Mrs Brown’s Boys, and now they are invading Read more

Muslim women and children abused on the way to school

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Muslim leaders have reported a spike in racial abuse aimed mostly at women and children, many walking to and from school. In his address on Wednesday the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, stressed that of those few individuals on a security watch list none are representative of New Zealand’s Muslim community as a Read more

NZ Moslems say backlash not as bad in NZ as other places

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Moslem leaders have expressed disappointment about the backlash they are experiencing as a result of the activity of Moslem extremists. While they are disheartened by this they say the situation is not as bad in New Zealand as it is in other places. The constant association with radicals is disheartening, says the President of the Read more

Auckland Mosque has an open day

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

An Auckland Mosque held an open day last Saturday  in an attempt to rid people of their misconceptions about Islam. Manukau’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community says the stereotype of the mosque being a hub of incitement is quite wrong. National Vice President Bashir Khan wants to show people what really goes on. “This is what mosque Read more

Media’s crucial role in promoting diversity

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

New Zealand-based journalism academic is looking for more discussion of the role of the media in promoting diversity, and more cooperation among New Zealand organisations to promote responsible and equitable reporting in a multicultural society Verica Rupar knows first hand the power of the media to foster cultural and religious diversity – or to fan Read more

Muslim superhero vs real-life Islamophobia

Friday, December 6th, 2013

When Marvel Comics announced the debut of its latest superhero — a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City, N.J. — it was correctly seen as a positive development. Created and written by two American Muslim women, Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel) holds promise. But while Khan is a comic book character, she should not become Read more