What 'diversity in pop culture' resources are out there?
February 9, 2013 9:33 PM Subscribe
I'm applying to teach an honors composition course with the theme 'diversity within pop culture'; what interesting/cool/new resources are out there?
posted by littlegreen to media & arts (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for either examples of pop culture that specifically demonstrate diversity (or a problematic lack thereof), or for resources (articles/podcasts/YT videos etc.) commenting on specific issues of diversity within pop culture. The students will be 18-ish and fairly intelligent, so there shouldn't be many issues with things being 'too complex'.
The course is essentially writing-based, but there's plenty of scope to use non-written texts (film, TV, music, etc.); if it's freely available on the internet, even better! They definitely don't have to be 'academic', and it's cool if they're problematic (or even diverse in some ways but problematic in others). I want to talk about things like the Bechdel test, the overwhelmingly white Girls cast, and issues of intersectionality, so anything along these lines would be appreciated!
Additionally, I'd ideally like to get the class thinking about all forms of diversity - e.g. representation of non-cisgendered people, ableism, & so on. Resources from the past few years would be especially great.