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So, there is a study that shows that watching TV reduces self-esteem in girls and black boys, while it has no such effect on white boys. This likely comes as no surprise to many of us, though it is certainly sad and frustrating. Obviously limiting exposure to television seems like the best idea, but I also want to talk about what television viewing choices we can make that are less harmful. If we screen the television we choose to expose ourselves to (probably eliminating commercial exposure would be a huge step), could we reduce the negative effect? What television shows exist that portray women and people of color in more depth and in more positive ways? Who are your favorite strong female and POC characters...or for that matter, who are your favorite characters who do not fit the straight white male privilege mold?
Especially if television has ever made you feel bad about yourself, are there shows or characters that make you feel good? If you were going to choose television shows for a child or teen to watch, what might you consider? And since the article sort of raised it: since we can't single-handedly change the industry, what can we do to help effect change?
Let's talk about TV. This post brought to you by my desire to offer up a MMMMonday post that's maybe a bit lighter than we've had lately, and also by my deep and abiding love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ;)