A spokesperson for Ewa Sowinska, Poland’s ombudsman for children’s rights, has said Sowinska won’t pursue a proposed investigation into whether the Teletubbie Tinky Winky “promotes homosexuality” because he carries a purse.
I’m rather disappointed. While I don’t really believe same-sex attraction can be “promoted” (despite the free toasters), I do think it is good for our families and our children to see ourselves represented in media and merchandise. In addition to buying your child a Tinky Winky doll for Pride Month, therefore, I offer you the following suggestions:
- A set of Bristle Blocks that includes one rather androgynous parental figure in the pair. Could easily pass for Mommy and Mama.
- Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes. They just remind me of the Village People. Besides, with names like Billy Blazes, Jack Hammer, Rocky Canyon, and Seymour Wild, they sound like a gay burlesque troupe.