There is no doubt that people of all ages like watching cartoons, but it differs according to their taste. Some people like action cartoons, some are fairy tales and some comedies.
In the cartoon world most of the cartoons are male or female based; means main character is male or female. Only a few cartoons have neutral characters -male or female both or none of them (which mostly have the character of animals).
As I have interest in fairy tales and action both, and my brother only actions-I thought about this issue from my childhood. I asked him many times about it -in his different ages, but I got the same answer. According to him, action cartoons are only for boys. It is not only his answer, it is also those kids to whom I asked the same question. They all mentioned that from these type of cartoons they can learn the tricks -how to defeat your enemy, how to fight with them. Not only this, they also stated that if they watch these cartoons they can save the world, they can be hero. But if they watch female leading cartoons, they will learn how to dance or how to do black magic, which they do not want to learn. And they think that those cartoons are boring, and girlish! If they watch those cartoons, it will be a matter of their prestige.
On the other hand I asked the same question to some girls -why they love only fairy tales not actions. Their answer is similar to the boys. Girls, who I talked to, think that if they watch these types of cartoons, they can learn how to be nice with people, how to take care of others and how to be fashion conscious. They do not like action cartoons because in action cartoons they find guns, fight and blood, which they hate. They have an idea that if they watch that type of cartoons, they will act like a boy which is violent.
But, it is also truth that I found only a few numbers of kids who love both type of cartoons and they do not have the ego problem.
I want to mention that the kids I interviewed were the age of 7 to 12. In this age they do not have respect for their friends who are not in their gender. Is the cartoon behind their thought or the society? Can their parents change their minds? I do not know the answer. At present, we all are talking about gender discrimination. And for some families I think it starts from their home.