Disney and Diversity

22 Oct

As noted previously, I have plans to engage my Year 7 class in discussion about the relationships between gender and heroism.

I also think it would be interesting to discuss the other groups that are marginalized and/or ignored when creating fictional heroic figures.  As such, I might ask my students to consider an article about a petition to create a Disney Princess with Down Syndrome and a series of images portraying Disney characters who are disabled.

The current working plan is to have students use the article and images as inspiration for a discussion and/or persuasive piece as to whether or not organisations like Disney have a responsibility to create heroes who represent/reflect the qualities of the wider population.

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