In this 2010 French ad for McDonald’s, a teenage boy is portrayed secretly conversing with his lover over the phone, who we soon find out to be male. The boy’s father joins him at the table and remarks on what a shame it is that the boy’s classmates are all male – “you could have all the ladies!” Although the boy simply smiles and does not correct his father’s misunderstanding, the commercial ends with the phrase “come as you are” before transitioning to the McDonald’s logo.
Inspired by Sonia Singh’s Tree Change Dolls, Wendy Tsao, artist and founder of Child’s Own Studio, created a series of madeunder and restyled Mighty Dolls. Tsao took dolls fashioned after glamorous fictional characters (such as Disney princesses and Bratz dolls) and transformed them into young versions of real people that girls and young women can look up to. Tsao wanted a way for children to see and learn stories about courageous, smart, strong real women. For example, she has a young Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Jane Goodall (British primatologist), Waris Dirie (Somali model, author, activist), Roberta Bondar (first Canadian female astronaut), JK Rowling (British author of Harry Potter series), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate).
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, have been awarded annually since 1929 for excellence in film. The Oscars are generally seen as the most prestigious award in the film industry, televised live in more than 100 different countries and watched by approximately 40 million people in the United States alone. But who decides who actually gets to take home an Oscar? This infographic was produced by the LA Times as part of an investigation into the age, race and gender demographics of the nearly 6,000 people who vote for the Oscars. The results show that the Academy Awards voters are overwhelmingly white, mostly male and a majority are over the age of 60.
This user-created video was produced by students at a British school and uploaded to Youtube in 2009. It features students and a professor talking about the stereotypes that teens face, the social categories often prescribed to groups of students, and the role of the media in the process.