The Importance of Female Superheroes | Christopher Bell | TEDxColoradoSprings

13/11/2015 11:41:28

If we want to change the world, we have to change the way we teach children about the world and their places in it. In a 100% media saturated society, that means changing the media our children consume, and the ways in which they interact with media. We need more female superhero toys, and we need them right now.

Dr. Christopher Bell is as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of media. Dr. Bell's primary research area is young adult culture, particularly dystopian young adult literature and comic books. He teaches both theory and methodology courses in critical analysis of popular culture, rhetorical theory, representation theory and mass media. Dr. Bell is a nationally-touring speaker on issues of race, class and gender in the media, and has presented work at regional, national and international conventions and conferences.

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88detox

I am on your side

22/04/2016
karimah music

The fact that this only has 136 thumbs up, and 20 comments is sad. 5,339 views today in April 2016 is too few. This should be viral. This is changing my brain, straight up. I'm sharing this everywhere and I hope there is real change that comes from this consciousness shift.

04/04/2016
ComicConnie

Geez there's no way this only has 5k views... This is so great!

14/03/2016
TheSandwichAftermath

Awesome guest speaker and future professor! Yes! He is always thought-provoking.
This is fantastic.

06/02/2016
Michael Rodman

Now you can update your presentation... Rey, the lead character who is female from the new Star Wars movie is also missing from the action figure set.

Great speech. I was unaware of all but the Black Widow scandal and it IS scandalous.

30/11/2015
Angel Tran

Dr. Bell is my professor at UCCS. He definitely is one of the best teachers I've met and his lectures are really some of the best! The points he's made in this TedTalk are great!

23/11/2015
Renita Wolf

Take time to watch this important video. I attended the @TEDxCSprings event. Dr. Bell's presentation had the most impact on my view of the world, media and its impact on children.

19/11/2015
reema sharma

really amazing. This is how actually the society is responsible for the thoughts induced in children.

19/11/2015
Michael Westmoreland-White

Mr Bell, my daughters are mostly grown. I am so glad there is still time for yours.

15/11/2015
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