We Need More Movies Featuring Strong and Smart Girls


I can’t agree with all points raised in this TED Talk* — The Wizard of Oz movie doesn’t deliver exactly the same feminist message as the books — but I love that Stokes’ talks about how movies can help teach boys to be inspired by girls. The white male normative tales don’t allow much room for learning about anyone other than white men. And this world is mostly filled with people who aren’t white men. So, you know, we need some new stories, and fast. Creating more movies with strong female characters is good for boys and girls, and for society as a whole.

*I still don’t completely understand what TED talks are? I mean, I know what they are, but why are there ten thousand of them and they’re all ridiculously long and dense — are there Cliffs Notes for some of the better ones? Someone should do that.

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