Reblog: The Importance and Challenges of Representation

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A few years ago, I was in a class devoted to dissecting media. This was around the time that the Black Panther movie and Love, Simon were coming to theaters. My professor posed the question of whether it was justifiable that white and straight people felt excluded in the face of these movies, just as men felt excluded by Wonder Woman a few years earlier. The short answer I thought of: No. The longer answer: In a society still so starved for minority representation in our media, everyone should arguably be excited about these movies coming out. In fact, most people in the room that day and the bulk of my friends who didn’t fit into the categories of black, queer, or woman were excited about these movies for precisely that reason.

I know we hear it all the time, but I’ll say it again: representation is so incredibly important

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