No one sits down and says, “Hey, what a great way to teach sexist and racist norms to a class full of kids!” I’m just saying that, like so many other aspects of culture, male and white in children’s books is considered standard and magically inclusive.
Shifting our norms to prepare kids to live happily in a diverse, pluralistic society requires that we stop accepting defaults and seek out alternative media narratives. Seriously, go take a look at your kid’s media diet from this perspective.
Soraya Chemaly (article on HuffingtonPost)
seriously this article is a great resource on multiple fronts
"According to their survey, men hate when women wear beanies, floppy hats, hair bows, open-side shirts, oversize sweaters, shoulder pads, peplums, bandeau bikinis (“they just make your shoulders look like a linebacker”), bright lipstick, heavy eye makeup, fake nails, bangles, pointy-toed shoes, wedge sneakers, ultra-high heels, fold-over ankle boots (“it looks like the shoes have foreskins”), high-waisted jeans, high-waisted shorts, high-waisted skirts (“it lacks a certain degree of subtlety”), pantsuits (“you’re a woman, not a man”), drop-crotch pants (“really, any loose fitting pants,) and mullet dresses (“I just don’t get it — where’s the fucking party??? You are covering the back!”). The question is how to wear all of these things at once."
- How to Dress So Basic Bros Leave You Alone - The Cut (via heylabodega)
"I try not to be hard on myself for, for instance, watching soccer. Yes, that time that I am watching soccer would be better spent, on some level, making videos, or volunteering, but I also understand that I need to do this stuff that relaxes me and makes me feel good and allows me to get my energy back."
- John Green (via nerdfighterfc)