Being a Man / Media criticism / Pop-Culture

Star Wars vs. The Wizard of Oz

A fascinating video about how our society represents manhood and strength in general in the movies that are shown to children. Colin Stokes, the director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, focuses on Star Wars (his son’s favorite movie) and The Wizard of Oz (his daughter’s) –  both famous movies featuring “a furry guy” and a “metal guy” who “rescue the girl”. By analyzing these two famous movies Stokes addresses the different values our society puts in stereotypical girl movies and stereotypical boy movies, and as a result what this teaches about manhood and strength in general.

“When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)” [X]

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