I’d like the source list to read as if you are doing your own research on a topic you know nothing about. I chose Nancy Singorielli’s article, “Children, Television, and Gender Roles: Messages and Impact” to come first because I think it sets the stage for this topic really well. The article let’s you know how much children really take away from what they watch, and why it may be important to pay attention to what we’re showing them.
The next three sources are more heavy duty, theory based texts. They are all sections taken from books on aspects of Queer Theory. The author’s Judith Halberstam, Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Kate Bornstein are cornerstones of this particular feminism. I chose these three sources to come next because I want the reader to have an insight into the discussion on gender and the importance of breaking down the binary.
I chose Thomas Keith’s documentary “The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change” to come next because I think it brings the discussion away from theory, and back to real world application. In the documentary, you see actual men recount real stories of what a detriment being exposed to strict codes of masculinity can be on their capacity to empathize. My hope is that this will make the reader eager to hear about some better portrayals of gender in media.
Next, I introduce you to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time with the two articles by David Sims and Emily Nussbaum. These articles let you know what Adventure Time is all about, and why it’s so different from anything else on television right now. The articles discuss aspects of the show that correspond with the gender discussion being held in my previous sources. Unfortunately, I could not find a scholarly article on Steven Universe. Turns out, not many people are writing about it the way they’re writing about Adventure Time. Which is crazy because I think there’s actually more to analyze, in the way of gender, when looking at Steven Universe as opposed to Adventure Time.
Lastly, I include YouTube snippets from two episodes of Adventure Time and one episode of Steven Universe. My hope is that given the introduction to the gender conversation provided by the previous sources, the reader will watch these clips (or maybe even the entire episode) and draw their own conclusions about how the shows are portraying gender.