Town Opposes 'Hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh
Poland's Tuszyn won't name playground after character
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2014 10:32 AM CST
Two boys chat in front of a giant stuffed doll of Winnie-The-Pooh at the "World of Winnie-The-Pooh" exhibition at a Tokyo department store.   (KOJI SASAHARA)

(Newser) – Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie the Pooh—because of the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media attention in Poland until recent days. Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a "hermaphrodite." With the story now generating headlines, one opponent swears after the fact that he was joking, but, alas, there's still no Winnie the Pooh playground.