Calls for diversity often reinforce the belief that depictions shouldn’t center around marginalisation, but instead show characters aren’t defined by their identities. That doesn’t mean their identities should be ignored.
It’s time to bust the myth that it’s impossible to depict a marginalised group poorly when you’re a member of that group or understand marginalisation from a different perspective.
Lost Girl is smart, sassy, thoughtful Canadian fantasy television that shows it’s possible to have kickass women, queer content, and great stories all in one!
Disabled people are often told that cross-casting is necessary for disabled characters because people need to see them ‘before.’ Here’s why this argument doesn’t hold water.
In Stranger Things, the hysterical, crazed, desperate mother turns out to be the most leveleheaded of the adults around her, in a brilliant subversion of pop cultural and social tropes.
Streaming media has some of the sharpest, most thoughtful, most realistic depictions of mental illness in pop culture. Is streaming the new hope for diversity in television?
Jeffrey Tambor just won his second Emmy for Leading Actor in a Transphobic Role, and he claims to care a ton about trans talent, but not enough to give up that golden statuette.
Beth Revis’ A World Without You may purport to be a thoughtful and positive depiction of mental illness, but it feels like anything but.
In medical dramas, disability is always represented as a failed outcome. What if we changed that framing?
Pop culture is reframing our understanding of love, and not always in good ways.