For some reason I can’t put my finger on, the topic of Santa’s elves came up in conversation here in the CimC household the other day. I don’t recall the exact points we were discussing, but it occurred to me during the conversation that I had always pictured Santa’s elves to be all male. I couldn’t recall ever consciously thinking about it, but now I suddenly realized that I had never, ever pictured a female elf in Santa’s toy workshop.
Now, certainly there had to be females about, right? But having grown up watching Christmas cartoons during the early seventies, I don’t think I was ever shown girl elves making toys. I think I was left to assume they were in the kitchen with Mrs. Claus making cookies, but again, I never gave it that much thought before.
So now I’m left to wonder if it was the crappy depictions of Santa’s workshop or if I was a little four-year-old sexist.
Fortunately, there is research I can do.