Critical Mass Media

Gender in Media-The Master List

Gender in Media-The Master List

I have a list of 102 preschool shows that I will analyze for gendered content and perspective. I will try to watch and post about 1 show per week, so this will be a 2-year project! I asked a couple of groups of parents I know online to chime in […]

Analysis: DJ Handy Manny

Analysis: DJ Handy Manny

Today I look at Handy Manny Photo Credit: Disney, Jr. Handy Manny- Manny is a handy man. Please note, he is also Latino. Does that feel a bit stereotypical to anyone else? Manny goes about fixing things. I watched two clips. In the first one, I learned that Manny is […]

Gender and Work in Toys

Gender and Work in Toys

Hello everyone, and welcome to Black Friday weekend! Yes, after a month of pushing the holiday season on us, retailers can finally fully embrace it! No more Pre-Black Friday sales, like the ones Shopko has been having all month. In honor of this illustrious holiday, I would like to turn […]

Analysis: DJ The Octonauts

Analysis: DJ The Octonauts

Hello blog readers, It has occurred to me that this will probably take a year or longer to parse out. So, I have shortened the name and will focus on one or two shows per post. I will shoot for one post per week, and more when I can swing […]

Gender and the Media, Disney Junior

Gender and the Media, Disney Junior

I have started blogging about gender representations in preschool programming. I am writing it in my media blog, but I think it is also an important subject for gender and work, because attitudes about gender and abilities start young and influence decisions for a life time. I think media has […]

Gender Representations in Media-Some Disney Jr. shows

Gender Representations in Media-Some Disney Jr. shows

I found myself thinking about gender representations in children’s programming today. I was looking at the WalMart toys page. And there was Dora, listed under “girls.” Picture: Mega Bloks I looked under “boys,” and didn’t see Dora there. It struck me as odd, because Dora is a show that appeals […]

A ground breaking commercial??

A ground breaking commercial??

See the woman in the commercial in this article ? I love the author’s commentary. I would like to compare it to some other commercials. In this All commercial, every single family member is shown having fun and getting messy. And the mom? She comes in at the end, to […]

Les Miserables *Spoilers*

Les Miserables *Spoilers*

  I am not what you would call a cryer. I do not tend to cry over real life events. I know people who cry once a week or once a day. This has never been me. I will get teary over movies sometimes. However, few movies reduce me to […]

Why all the hate?

Why all the hate?

Hello everyone. I am a media junkie. I feel the need for a space to interact with that media. That space is here. In this blog, I plan to write reactions to news articles, movies, books, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I am a graduate student and mother of […]