People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly,how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.
A new online video series, Women in Tech, starts this week.
First up, Leila Janah, founder of Samasource, a business that trains people in places like East Africa, India and Haiti to do work online.
I discovered Dr.Kortney Ziegler’s work during two difficult phases of my life
1. Having no analysis of my why the way I navigated the world as a black, queer, female assigned person in this culture and finding someone with the words via the blog blac(k)ademic.
2. The film still black: a portrait of black transmen , which made me realize the power and importance of visibility , and made me realize how little of this I had and needed as a black, queer, trans person.
In short, he let me do the logo for his newer project Trans H4CK, an organization utilizing technology to help trans folks gain more access to resources and made one of my dreams come true.