I'm no scholar, but I played one at TEDxBeaconStreet.
I shaped my talk from the work of many people whose research and ideas I have read and absorbed and perhaps distorted. You should not take my word for anything. Someone told me at the talk that she'd always hated The Wizard of Oz because she saw Dorothy as a victim. So maybe I'm wrong even about that.
Start here to fact-check me:
- The illustrator Denis Medri created the Star Wars/Wizard of Oz mashup.
- Clear your favorite movies with the Bechdel Test, or write your own reviews.
- The analysis of 2011's top 100 movies, and the number of female protagonists and speaking roles, is summarized in this report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.
- The study in which one out of five American women reported having been sexually assaulted was reported on here.
- You've seen the Disney princesses and the boys of Pixar. Now watch everything Hayao Miyazaki has ever made and see what Japan has been teaching its children.
And of course many others have written about the role of men in feminism:
- Social policy in Europe may show the way.
- Hanna Rosin writes about women and men as if we didn't have millennia of preconceptions between us.
- Of course you've read Ann-Marie Slaughter's summer 2012 piece on "having it all."
- A bracing documentary called Miss Representation dissects the effect of depictions of women on girls. Meanwhile, this compelling video by Thomas Keith shows the impact this same skewed story has on boys.
- Women and Hollywood's "Sexism Watch" series rounds up the latest. Here's a summary of the Geena Davis Institute's analysis of female characters in TV, from kids' shows to adults.
I'd love to keep learning. Tell me where I blew it, or fudged, or need to hit the books.