Minisode 12: Representation in the Media

Dec 16, 2019, 01:00 PM
This minisode we discuss media representation of marginalized people. We talk about why it is important to us personally and to the world at large.

STEPHANIE chats Rugrats’ Suzy Carmichael and how refreshing it was to finally see a regular black family, that mirrored her own, represented in a multi-dimensional way. The discussion turns to Marvel’s Black Panther and how when people have the freedom to tell their own stories they connect with wider audiences. 

RUGRATS, MEET THE CARMICHAELS
JULIA ROBERTS AS HARRIET TUBMAN

TUX reflects on the one-dimensional gay caricatures in the early 90s (from creepy dude to flamboyant man to the GBF) and how difficult this made navigating identity in a small town as a teen with few allies. Thankfully by the late 90s gay media created by and for gay people debuted starting the wave of real onscreen representation we so desperately needed.

TRICK
BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER

ALSO MENTIONED: Edward Schrock (Season 1, Episode 1), Shirley Chisholm (Season 1, Episode 6), She’s All Fat pod, and our hopes for future representation.

We want to hear from YOU! Do you agree that it’s important to see diversity in media representation? Do you disagree? If so, why? We’d love to hear stories about the first time you saw something that you really identified with or that made a big positive impression on you. What ways have you’ve felt isolated because you didn’t see yourself represented in media? What/who do you think we are not seeing enough of? Please share some of your favorite movies, shows, musicians, politicians etc that inspire you to live in your truth. Please send your stories and anecdotes—any feedback you have, we’d love to hear it! 

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