Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Race, Gender, Class in the media - How to teach your kids to realize the stereotypes

For my class in Gender, Race, Class in the media, we studied some of the psychological theories behind learning and socialization. As part of our group project, we presented a research paper concerning proper techniques for helping children to be aware of negative stereotypes and how to utilize positive ones.

Jacob Rascon, a member of our group, wrote an editorial about the issues behind many children's animated films, such as Lion King, Cinderella, and Aladdin.

I was fortunate enough to design the editorial for an 11x17 layout:

The Lion King, Disney Princesses, and Rising Above Negative Media Messages
By Jacob Rascon

Remember ‘the circle of life’ in The Lion King? What was that all about? Lions are at the top of the food chain and are therefore naturally better than all other animals—especially hyenas, who deserve their poor circumstance?

That doesn’t sound like the Disney I used to know. Remember when Princess Ariel gave up her voice? Why did she sacrifice that plus everything she’d ever known for a prince she’d never met? Not sure, but hey, she kept her looks...

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