Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Hidden Meanings of Kids' Movies


Being a part of TEDxBeaconStreet was extraordinary. I particularly loved how the organizers tried to capture the multigenerational energy of Brookline and Cambridge. Talks and activities designed for young people during part of the day, and the other part packed with the intellect and research and creativity that overflow in this corner of the Boston area.

There are going to be a ton of amazing field trips called Adventures throughout the year--access to parts of the city you won't get anywhere else. If you're a Boston buff, definitely register or like them on Facebook to get more information.

You can read my little profile at their site. Lots more talks to come. Also a duet with cello and beatbox.

TED Talk Bibliography

I'm no scholar, but I played one at TEDxBeaconStreet

I shaped my talk from the work of many people whose research and ideas I have read and absorbed and perhaps distorted. You should not take my word for anything. Someone told me at the talk that she'd always hated The Wizard of Oz because she saw Dorothy as a victim. So maybe I'm wrong even about that. 

Start here to fact-check me:
  • The illustrator Denis Medri created the Star Wars/Wizard of Oz mashup.
  • Clear your favorite movies with the Bechdel Test, or write your own reviews.
  • The analysis of 2011's top 100 movies, and the number of female protagonists and speaking roles, is summarized in this report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.
  • The study in which one out of five American women reported having been sexually assaulted was reported on here.
  • You've seen the Disney princesses and the boys of Pixar. Now watch everything Hayao Miyazaki has ever made and see what Japan has been teaching its children.

And of course many others have written about the role of men in feminism:

I'd love to keep learning. Tell me where I blew it, or fudged, or need to hit the books.