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- This is an impossibly big topic.
- It’s impossible to cover every issue and every solution.
- When the workshop ends, the work you do in encouraging inclusive pop culture and pop culture spaces begins.
Pop Culture Is…
- The stuff we consume each and every day.
- It’s the media we engage with, talk about, and seek out. From memes and movies to board and video games.
- It’s all around us.
- It’s the lense through which many people see the world.
- Art inspires life, life inspires art.
Nerd or Geek Spaces Are…
- … where people and pop culture intersect.
- … physical locations (like a convention) or digital ones (like Reddit), and are recreational spaces as well as work environments.
- … are often male dominated, and can be difficult for women and marginalized groups to feel included in.
Macro vs. Micro Level Obstacles
- These obstacles are experienced on a macro and micro level.
- Micro level obstacles are usually one-on-one encounters that impact us on an individual level.
- Macro level obstacles are usually ones which impact society as a whole.
Micro Level Obstacles Can Include:
Macro Level Obstacles Can Include:
- Sexualization of women in media.
- And, more specifically, harmful depictions of female geeks in media.
- The muting of women and diverse voices in media.
- Restricting access to specific industries.
- A bias in awarding accolades and recognition for female made and diverse media.
Macro Level Solutions Include:
- Encourage young diversity in male dominated fields of interest.
- Make resources, programs, scholarships, and opportunities in these industries increasingly available to women and diverse voices.
- Encourage equal pay for equal work.
- Encourage balance and diversity in panels, groups, and award nominees/judges.
- Take allegations of harassment seriously.
Micro Level Solutions Include:
- Don’t go at this alone.
- Support other women and diverse voices!
- Be inclusive whenever you can.
- Is a vehicle for change by…
- … confronting
- … and creating.
- Being vocal about interactions which make you, or others, feel uncomfortable and excluded.
- Being vocal about a lack of diversity or damaging representation in media.
- Being vocal about exclusionary spaces.
- Being vocal about harassment.
- But please remember that you need to do what you’re comfortable with and feel safe with. No one should try and force you to do otherwise.
- Being vocal about supporting diversity in pop culture and media.
- Making new works which celebrate, and encourage, diverse voices and inclusivity.
- Create female driven content.
- Like Bridesmaids (2011), Ghostbusters (2016), and Wonder Woman (2017).
- Be inclusive in your work, and aware of representation.
- Encourage women and diversity in the arts and entertainment industry.
- Both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
- You might not see it immediately, but each time you use your voice you’re making change happen.