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Sexism Defined By Harry Potter

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Sexism: Defined by Harry Potter Can a reader honestly expect a series of stories for children to be filled with sexism? Didn’t think so. Sexism, defined as “prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex,” has found its way into one of today’s most popular series of books. Christine Schoefer, who is the mother of three die-hard female Harry Potter fans, has managed to depict and illustrate obvious gender bias occurring in these stories. Throughout her piece, “Harry Potter’s Girl Trouble,” the reader is reminded as to how the author of the series is obviously discriminating against women. Schoefer makes a convincing argument as to why “Harry’s fictional realm of magic and wizardry perfectly mirrors the conventional assumption that men do and should run the world” (par. 2). Is it right to expose our children to this sort of world, where women are not viewed as equals? I hope that none would think so. Throughout the essay, Schoefer...

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