writer and poet - 'grape Juice' in hand' !
Bob died last year - see my brief Obituary
1977 and 1990 Bob Dixon wrote three books based on
detailed research into the way in which the publishing and toy
industries shaped the stereotypes and attitudes of generations of
children from Britain and around the world.
looked at the toys, games and puzzles and children's fiction
and the class, race and gender messages they conveyed to children in
their most formative years.
inculcation of ideas was relentlessly pursued by some
manufacturers and publishers. While some of the worst examples
have become unacceptable, the more subtle messages are still being
peddled in a way that undermines the efforts of the many activists
working to overcome prejudice, discrimination, violence and war.
cunning implantation of ideas, is still willingly, if unwittingly
used by, and under the noses of those who sufferer from the
prejudice and discrimination they promote - the women (who cared for
the children), in poor and lower middle class families,
non-heterosexual and non-white people. And together with a
concentration on machismo for boys, still create and reinforced
acceptance of a culture of civilian violence and war.
in the conclusion, he roundly challenges the justifications and
excuses that "they only reflect human nature and society"
with evidence from anthropoligists.
poetry savagely reflect these political attitudes and the way they
affect individuals and society - justifying and excusing conflict
and violence in society and all the horrors of war.
Publications 1999 - Political Satires and other Poems -