The Mr Men books have been accused of being sexist and supporting mansplaining by a PhD student, sparking a debate on the treasured children’s series.

Shelby Judge, a PhD student in Literature, Feminism and Mythology at the University of Glasgow, complained on Twitter that a passage of the Mr Men book, “Mr Men in Scotland,” contained an instance of mansplaining.

In the book, Little Miss Curious asked Mr Clever that if there was a Forth Bridge, the famous railway bridge over the River Forth in Scotland, what had happened to the First, Second and Third Bridges? Mr Clever’s sigh, and the narrator’s response that “it was going to be a very long day,” did not sit well with Judge, who labelled Mr Clever as “Mr Mansplain” instead.

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