- Look at Disney cartoons for examples of youth going against older tyrants as in The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Antz.
- Listen to Manal al-Sharif discuss the impact of media on her revolution from traditional to advocate for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia.[i]
- See Jean Kilbourne’s Killing us Softly: Advertisings Image of Women (1979), Still Killing Us Softly (1987), Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol (2004), Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness (1995), and update with recent ad images. Study guides for the films and others are available online http://www.mediaed.org/assets/products/241/studyguide_241.pdf
- See Miss Representation (2011) about how media portrays women in a way that keeps them from aspiring to power positions. The Mask You Live In (2015), shows how masculinity limits and men.[ii]
- Look at films and TV shows about female superheroes. How are they portrayed differently than male superheroes? You could start with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 to 2003, also a 1992 film about a high school girl). Hanna (2011) is about a 14-year-old genetically bred to be a super warrior. Not only an outstanding warrior, she also has a super memory and knows many languages. She is a killer who wants to stop the killing as she travels from Finland to Morocco to Germany. The actress who played her is 18 and grew up in Ireland.
- See films about teenage girls to look for themes and changes over time: Time Square (1980), Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982), Valley Girl (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), Heathers (1988), Now and Then and Clueless (1995), She’s All That (1999) The Virgin Suicides (2000), Thirteen (2003), Mean Girls (2004), Juno (2007), Easy A (2010), the Hunger Games series (2012-2015).
- Watch Meet Corliss Archer on YouTube (a radio show from 1943 to 1956, a TV show in 1952, and a comic[iii]) and My So-Called Life, 1994 to 1995, to see how teen issues have changed from when Corliss and Angela were both 15 and starting to date.
- Freedom Writers. A true story, it answers the question “what was so great about Anne Frank’s writing?” The other theme is that seeing kids as gifted people can turn the worst racist gang members into inspired creators. The kids and the teacher started a foundation to spread her methods. 2007
Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage in the World teaches that students need to learn how to investigate the world, recognize others’ perspectives, be able to communicate ideas, and know how to take action to improve problems.
Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson, “Educating for Global Competence,” Asia Society and Council of Chief State School Officers, 2011.
Will young people find consumerism or freedom more appealing, keeping in mind the economy slowed down in 2015 and the stock market and currency was precarious? The novel China Rich Girlfriend (2016) describes the wealthy elite in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia who look down on Mainland Chinese as lacking in style. A character named Eddie says, “Typical mainlanders! They lavished every penny on their Little Emperor and suffered in silence.”[i] These rich families value conspicuous display of their wealth in their homes, cars, jewelry, expensive brand-name clothes, and art purchases. Some of the young adult characters are less materialistic than their parents, but most of them feel great pressure from their parents to marry other wealthy and respected people. An only child named Colette explained to her friend that her parents gave her the best of everything, including yearly plastic surgery when she was a teen to look prettier, in order to attract a “crown prince.”[i] Like Russian youth, will nationalism and materialism prevail over democracy? (More on censorship on the book webpage.)[ii]
[i] Kevin Kwan. China Rich Girlfriend. Anchor Books, 2016, p. 466.
[i] Kevin Kwan. China Rich Girlfriend. Anchor Books, 2016, p.5.
Blog about global youth: https://globalyouthbook.wordpress.com/
Gayle Kimball’s photos of global youth and their homes: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.348956001796264.91437.160382763986923&type=1
Almost 100 video interviews with global youth: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGlobalyouth
Gayle Kimball’s books about global youth:
Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Beat Burnout (Equality Press, 2017) A $10 ebook that includes suggestions from students from around the world, available on Amazon, etc.
Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, July 2017)
Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, June 2017) includes bibliography about global youth
In process available for your critique and additions:
Global Youth Activism: The Wave of Uprisings Since 2011
Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution
Tactics and Goals for Changemaking