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. . . if only Goldilocks had stayed home and been a “good and uncurious” girl. . . A Review

. . . if only Goldilocks had stayed home and been a “good and uncurious” girl. . . A Review

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

by James Marshall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
 

Marshall, James. 1988. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.


A mischievous little girl named Goldilocks ventures into the woods against her mother’s warning and makes herself at home in the house of three elsewhere bears. What will happen to Goldilocks when the bears come home?


At first, I did not notice any blatant examples of stereotypes or gender bias. I saw Goldilocks as a representation of any spoiled and mischievous child, one that is allowed to get away with anything and thinks they can do whatever they want. However, upon a closer examination I discovered what is called the “Goldilocks Syndrome” this could mean anything from being indecisive looking for “perfect” to feeling entitled and dominant. In an article titled “ Women leaders and the Goldilocks syndrome: Not too harsh, not too soft” by Jena McGregor, it discusses how society tends to look down or be harsh on women who exhibit these assertive, self-confident, and dominant characteristics. This theme is noticed in Goldilocks if only Goldilocks had stayed home and been a “good and uncurious” girl none of this would have happened… Gender bias? Maybe. 

Speaking of Goldilocks, have you heard of GoldieBlox? These toys are geared to teach young girls confidence and problem-solving. The name is fitting, no? I know ZayZay will have GoldieBlox in a few years. :) 

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