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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Unlearning the Myths that Blind Us ~ Christenson

"The 'secret education,' as Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman dubs it, delivered by children's books and movies, instructs young people to accept the world as it is portrayed in these social blueprints. And often that world depicts the domination of one sex, race, one class, or one country over a weaker counterpart"
Currently on CBS there is a show called "Once Upon a Time." It is about all of your typical fairy tale charaters that are trapped in the real world. There is Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Evil Witch. All of the main charaters are white, and there are all heterosexual couples. Thought the writers attempted to modernize each story, the foundation of each is still stuck in the dark ages. Prince Charming is still the tall, brown haired, brown eyed man that we have learned is proper prince material from Disney. They began to break down the stereo type in 1998 with Mulan but really made an difference with the release of "Princess and the Frog" in 2009. Even then Disney still has a very long way to go.

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