“Politically correct nonsense,” is how Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis described a report by the European Parliament’s gender equality committee, that called for banning of children’s books depicting the traditional family.
The draft report “on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU,” tabled by a far-Left Dutch MEP, said school curriculum materials should stop depicting men and women in their “traditional roles” of mothers and fathers. It said that such depictions are “encouraging more gender discrimination in different areas of society and all age groups.”
It also promoted quotas for female business executives and excoriated the media for portraying women in traditional roles.
Media depictions of traditional family roles for women, the draft report said, is “gender discrimination” and “facilitates the reproduction of gender stereotypes”.
“Women are in general disproportionately represented in ‘flexible jobs’, suggesting that the traditional belief that women carry the main responsibility for taking care of the family still persists today, forcing them to take part-time jobs and limiting their opportunities on the labour market,” the report said.