I have to admit I have never read the book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea but having checked with my wife and daughter their recollections of the book are of a fairly harmless story of a tiger who came to tea, ate the food and left leaving the father taking his wife and daughter to a café for tea.
The children’s book was written and illustrated by Judith Kerr in 1968 and is causing a hoo-ha after the co-director of a Scottish charity working to end male violence against women claimed that it reinforces dangerous gender stereotypes which in turn reinforce gender inequality.
Rachel Adamson said that books like The Tiger Who Came to Tea may have been published a long time ago, but we are still replicating these harmful gender stereotypes which have been in our society for a very long time.
I have to say I’m fairly certain that the vast majority of people who read this book would enjoy it for exactly what it is, a charming children’s story book and would not for one moment consider the actions of the Tiger as sexist or in any way promoting the rape of women.
One has to wonder where these people get their imagination from that would make the leap from harmless children’s book to one promoting rape and as someone who has written a few children’s books I’m wondering if I should remove the story from them just in case it gives young six year old boys the urge to commit violence against women.
I was stumped for a closing remark on this matter when I suddenly thought of a suitable comment on this story, what a load of bollocks!