I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

HeatStreet has a post up about a paper from some sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania which points out the terrible effect zoos are having reinforcing gender stereotypes.

The study says that adults seem to want to characterize zoo animals according to “binary” gender terminology, forcing the camels and penguins and elephants of this world to conform to either “male” or “female,” even though those particular zoo animals haven’t truly examined whether they would like to identify as their birth gender. Although zoology does allow for checking the actual sex of an animal, adults should, apparently, refrain from referring to zoo animals as a “girl” or a “boy,” unless they’ve asked the said animals.

Read the whole thing.