5 Ways to Help Boys and Girls Understand Sexism in Movies | Soraya Chemaly

Given the world we live in, there is simply no way to stop kids from talking about, seeing and enjoying what are clearly overwhelmingly gender biased stories being told by their entertainment media, movies (and related derivative products) in particular. As I recently couldn’t help but point out, in this seasons round of must see family movies only Breaking Dawn has a female lead. Yup, an insanely compelling, masochistic, teen-abstinence-poster-child, vampire-to-be gal.

The thing is, I gobble up these movies like chocolate and my kids really enjoy watching them, too. Most of the ones we see together are fun, thrilling, beautiful to watch and, if we’re lucky, well-written. The fact that most stories are told from a male perspective (for example, 75% of speaking roles are held by males) and that my three children are girls is irrelevant. They, like most girls and women, have grown up empathizing with male heroes and stories and ignoring the marginalization of their gender. If they refused to see “a boy’s movie” with the same disdain and scorn that many boys show for “a girl’s movie” we would rarely walk into a theatre.

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