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Schools May Ban Winnie The Pooh & Thomas The Tank Engine

Following a study on 'gender stereotyping' popular children's books including Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas The Tank Engine, Barbie dolls, and even superhero could be banned when several Victorian councils respond to the study by the Australian National University.

The study also found that teachers should stop referring to children as either 'boy' and 'girl' the Herald Sun reported.

The research claimed 'prejudice along race and gender lines can be observed' in kids as young as three-years-old.

The study also found girls who played with 'feminised characters', such as Barbie dolls, had fewer career options, and those who played with Disney princess toys had more female-stereotypical views.

On the flip side, boys who liked superhero shows were more gender stereotyped in their thinking.

Councils across Victoria are going to review their educational resources, making sure stories and experiences go beyond 'gender stereotypical narratives'.

Teachers will also be encouraged to not select toys in gendered colours, such as the old 'blue for boys' and 'pink for girls' or to use expressions such as 'boys will be boys'

Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins said that 'the change needed won't happen' without gender equality.

However Opposition youth and families spokeswoman Georgie Crozier strongly disagreed.

'It's crazy. Boys should be boys and girls should be girls.'

'Any funding should be focused on interventions to prevent family violence, and not radical gender-based theories.'

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