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Gender Stereotypes Are Messing with Your Kid

Gender stereotypes are messing with your kid. It’s not just one movie. It’s not just one TV show. It’s constant exposure to the same dated concepts in the media over and over, starting before preschool and lasting a lifetime — concepts like: Boys are smarter than girls; certain jobs are best for men and others for women; and even that girls are responsible for their own sexual assaults. If you thought this stuff went out with Leave It to Beaver, the new Common Sense Media report, Watching Gender: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development, will put you right back in June Cleaver’s kitchen. Read More…

Weekend Watch: The Gorgeous Animation of ‘The Little Prince’ Needs to Be Seen

The Little Prince. This version of it places the novella’s story within a frame story — filmed in a more modern, Pixar-ish style — of a young girl (voiced by Interstellar‘s Mackenzie Foy) discovering the book to begin with. Osborne told the Los Angeles Times that he made the character a little girl after seeing research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media about the gender disparity in animated films, which you have you admit is pretty boss. The story of The Little Prince itself is told in a breathtakingly gorgeous stop-motion style, and the contrast between both types of animation is jarring at first, but it tells a story. Read More…

Is Disney’s Zootopia a Feminist Film Completely by Accident?

In a recent interview with io9 the director of Zootopia, Byron Howard, tells the story of how originally, the main character of this film wasn’t supposed to be Judy Hopps, the police officer bunny, but Nick the con artist fox. Back in November 2014, after years of production, the team behind the film realized that the story didn’t make sense with Nick as the lead, even though that was the version of the story that was in the original pitch and the original script. Read More…

The Girl Power Behind Disney’s New “Big Hero 6”

The next animated Disney blockbuster — “Big Hero 6,” coming to theaters this week — features two female scientists who are crucial to saving the day. In this interview, Jamie Chung, who voices a robotics engineer, and Genesis Rodriguez, whose character is a chemistry whiz, talk about their hope that girls who see the film will be inspired to explore science and engineering. Read More…

Spirited Away

(as recommended by Mighty Girl)
Spirited Away is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. Read More…

SciGirls

(as recommended by Common Sense Media)
Parents need to know that this exciting educational series strives to change how girls view traditionally male fields like engineering and technology by introducing viewers to real tween girls who are using their science prowess to explore — and sometimes change — the world. Read More…

Bend It Like Beckham

(as recommended by Mighty Girl)
Sometimes, to follow your dreams, you’ve go to bend the rules! Audiences and critics alike are cheering wildly for this “exhilarating terrific comedy” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field. Read More…

Word Girl

(as recommended by Common Sense Media)
Parents need to know that this entertaining animated series introduces grade-schoolers to the pronunciations and definitions of advanced vocabulary words like “temptation,” “gigantic,” and “vegetarian.” Read More…

Girl Rising

(as recommended by Mighty Girl)
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award® nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Read More…

Positive Role Model TV for Girls

Finding positive role models for girls on TV isn’t as easy as it should be. But if you dig a bit, you’ll uncover a few gems that will show girls and women in a positive light. Sometimes you’ll need to employ the DVD player or stream older shows that have gone off the air. (as recommended by Common Sense Media) Read More…