Recommendations for socially aware media both sincere and heartwarming?
March 8, 2013 9:00 AM Subscribe
What are your recommendations for feminist friendly, social justice friendly media that portrays human beings outside of conventional stereotypes with positive themes?
posted by xarnop to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Ok so, my specifics are specific.... I'm hoping to find some sitcomes, movies, tv series that portray human beings of various body sizes and ages (sitcoms features elderly people? People with very minimal to no visible make up (other than what is needed to make the color work on film), people who are conventionally not attractive- who are living fairly enjoyable/funny/ light experiences.
I know it would be easier to find this if my constraints didn't exclude drama as a category but I specifically do NOT like heavy content- I'm really looking for light hearted comedy, family warmth, and loving relationships on film. I'm happy to watch in subtitles if other cultures do this better than english speaking cultures. (Also I speak a bit of german so german speaking recommendations would be great).
I like the cosby show, I like seinfield, there are plenty of comedies that would probably fit in this category that aren't specifically "feminist" oriented and might even be not so politically correct in humor, but are kind of "all in good fun". I like medieval history and historical settings so things that take us out of these setting in which females are designed to look like barbie dolls while guys all get to be slacker doofs and it's fine. I watch TV/movies with teenage relatives and I feel like it's very hard to find shows that are both heart warming and light in the way Raven, wizards of waverly place or Zach and Cody are- but without the females gobbed in make up and hair products that make them look very unnatural-- and if possible a step up in the intelligence and social integrity of the humor and stereotypes portrayed. I like stupid humor, the Regular Show, Adventure Time-- I'm the kind of dork who likes cartoons and oddball humor-- but I also REALLY like feel good family TV.
I find that intelligence and social consciousness are hard to find in combo with feel good TV. (I guess perhaps when they say ignorance is bliss they mean it? lol)
Looking forward to answers! I'd rather have more answers than less, so please don't worry about fitting my constraints perfectly-- I'd just like to see if there are ideas I'm unaware of I could try!