Recent Children’s Entertainment: Steven Universe

Steven Universe is a children's cartoon that started airing in November 2013. It is interesting from a gender perspective because the approach taken towards characterisation and ┬áthe portrayal of relationships is very different to cartoons that have come before it. The main characters of Steven Universe are Steven himself and The Crystal Gems; aliens with…

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Gender in Children’s Entertainment

We first start learning about gender roles and identity at a very young age. Social structures are reinforced from what colours children wear to what toys they play with. Everything is rigid and binary. "Blue is for boys, pink is for girls", "Girls play with Barbie dolls, boys like cars" - we hear phrases similar…