Mother Goose's Subliminal Messages

Topics: Humpty Dumpty, Nursery rhyme, Boy Pages: 2 (822 words) Published: April 9, 2002
"I Love Little Pussy"
I love little pussy, /Her coat is so warm, /And if I don't hurt her, /She'll do me no harm. /So I'll not pull her tail, /Nor drive her away, /But pussy and I, /Very gently will play. (http://www.zelo.com/family/nursery/pussy.asp) "Georgie Porgie"

Georgie Porgie, puddin' and pie, /Kissed the girls and made them cry. /When the boys came out to play, /Georgie Porgie ran away. (http://www.zelo.com/family/nursery/georgie.asp) As a young child, mother goose nursery rhymes are nearly the entire basis for learning. By memorizing and reciting these verses, children develop memorization skills, verbal skills through communicating them effectively, and vocabulary. Of course, these nursery rhymes also establish valuable life lessons too. "Humpty Dumpty" and "Jack and Jill" both teach us about the violence that can occur as a result of carelessness, and "Queen of Hearts" teaches children that bad things happen to those who steal. But not all of these nursery rhymes come with such happy lessons. The two that I have chosen teach a more morbid lesson. Each is about how men pursue women for sex. Both illustrate examples of men using women for sex and discarding them, however, their approaches stem from roots as far apart as the polar caps. In "Georgie Porgie", Georgie is portrayed as an abusive character. Someone who takes the more up-front, perverted, approach to women. Georgie is illustrated as someone who takes advantage of girls, hurts them, and "makes them cry." Knowing that these habits could get him into trouble, he strays away from the men in the women's lives (i.e. husbands, boyfriends, brothers, and fathers) fearing physical retaliation. Georgie is told to be an animal driven by his own raging hormones, victim to his own vulgarity and testosterone. Other Guy seems to be more of a romantic, a guy who cherishes his women. He is a man knows that it is best not to do girls any "harm," because once you do so, you risk the same fate...
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