Recently, a publisher pulled several Dr. Seuss books due to their offensive imagery and language. The heads of some movie studios also announced that they will review films long-considered as 'classics' for their insensitive cultural depictions and problematic representations of race and gender. For many years, these issues affected me deeply - I even wrote my doctoral dissertation on the subject. So while the producers of the works do not necessarily intend to offend, the impact of the content nonetheless shapes lives, and often stings while doing so. So, I applaud the publishers and studios for taking proactive steps to ensure inclusiveness in the works they distribute.
Offensive language and images and even omissions of diverse representations in content exist in more recent works than the 'classics.' Examples and exhibits printed in many textbooks do not reflect the diverse landscape of people, despite our increased connectedness and high rates of immigration across the globe. Women still comprise the most prolific representations of clerks and nurses in content, though there are plenty of men who do similar work now. And images and discussions of non-traditional families with gay or lesbian heads of household are virtually absent. Information in a book, image, or video is important, but its value gets obscured when readers and viewers encounter elements of antiquated norms and do not see themselves reflected in the content.
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