Academics claim SEXISM is turning dogs crazy – because pooches struggle to meet ‘gender stereotypes’
Sexism is apparently bad for dogs.
Academics Paul McGreevy, from the University of Sydney, and the University of Wollongong’s Fiona Probyn-Rapsey have blamed gender stereotypes for harming the mental health of pooches.
‘While we know how damaging stereotypes can be for humans, dog owners may not consider just how their conceptual baggage of gender stereotypes affects the animals they live with,’ they said in an article published on The Conversation.
Dr McGreevy, a professor of animal behaviour, and Professor Probyn-Rapsey, a humanities academic, said many dog owners were forcing their ‘own gender identities’ on to their pets.
‘The lives of dogs depend upon how they conform to gender expectations,’ they said.