Superhero or slacker? How the media and marketers stereotype boys
March 12, 2010
According to our guests, educators Lyn Mikel Brown and Mark Tappan, boys are besieged by images and messages from marketers and the media that encourage them to be over-the-top tough, aggressive winners or funny, underachieving slackers. In Packaging Boyhood, their book with co-author Sharon Lamb, they examine the troubling stereotypes in cartoons, videogames, television shows and movies that tell boys what it means to be a boy. They join guest host Tracey Matisak to talk about it all.