About this Project:
Have you ever heard any of these sentences “You can’t like pink! That’s for girls! Omg is he a girl?!” Or how about, “Hey! Girls don’t play with trucks here, you should play with this doll instead.” Or maybe you heard someone say, “Are you seriously crying? Man up!” Maybe you even heard something along the lines of, “Women can’t lead! They should stay in the kitchen where they belong!” All this is not new. Gender stereotypes have been around ever since mankind has been around. My project aims to address and recognize these stereotypes and how they have negatively impacted our lives from early on. I wanted to focus on the younger generations before they get influenced by the gender stereotypes often shown in children’s movies and shows.
My idea is to create a website that allows users to learn and share ideas about gender stereotypes seen in entertainment. Users will be able to publish their own clips and ideas that can be used in children's movies. I came up with this idea because I think it will be easier to change the mindset of younger children rather than older adults. We can change how children view things before they are exposed to them. One of the main factors that influence children’s mindsets is movies and shows. If we create movies and shows that break gender stereotypes, we can open so many youthful minds that won’t be driven by what society expects of them.
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The video link informs the audience about gender stereotypes and also proposes a way to fight against them.
When you click the second link it takes you to a webpage that presents my ideas.
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Feedback from the Judges:
As for the idea itself, it feels very refreshing to approach the topic of gender stereotypes by asking people to think critically about the media they are watching and submit their ideas on how to change and challenge stereotypes. I'd really love to see how you decide to build out Once Upon a Time. The graphic was a great start, but what's next? (I can't wait to see it!) My only other note is I was a little confused about what "Frontiers" is vs. what "Once Upon a Time" is. Overall, a truly amazing job!
Feedback from the Community:
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