CANADIANS ARE REALLY BIG FAVORS Fans of dog drawn cartoons, according to new research from the University of Melbourne.
In a study of more than 20,000 people aged 18 to 89, scientists found that Canadians who watched cartoons with dogs were three times more likely to watch cartoons with people of different racial backgrounds.
“If we assume that people of a particular racial background are more likely than others to have experienced discrimination, then we are seeing evidence of the very real effects of this kind of stereotyping,” Professor Paul R. Pfeifer, lead author of the study, said.
“People of African descent have seen stereotyping against African-Americans, and people of Middle Eastern descent have been seen stereotyped against Muslims, so people with darker skin are being stereotyped in these cartoons.”
“These stereotypes are more harmful for those who are discriminated against, and therefore more likely that they will be more likely not to be supportive of these cartoons,” Professor Pfeif said.
Professor Pfeiff said the findings suggested that the “dog in the cartoons” stereotype was not simply a product of a stereotypical nature, but was actually a cultural practice.
“There is a strong association between the ‘dog in cartoons’ stereotype and support for stereotyped images of people from that racial or ethnic group,” he said.
The study was funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Department of Science and Technology.