I am guilty of letting my kids watch TV most mornings before school because I am incapable of much interaction, especially before that first cup of coffee. But I will think twice now that I've read a report, commissioned by See Jane, founded by Geena Davis. A survey of children's television and G movies found only 5% characters are African American or Hispanic, (2% other, the rest white) and there are 3 male characters to every 1 female, and 4 out of 5 narrators are male. 72% females are caregivers, compared to 61% male characters. Children's attitudes about genders are heavily influenced by television given that they watch an average of 3 hours a day according to a recent Kaiser survey. Tomorrow's a new day: I'll wake up early, down my first cup of coffee before the kids wake up, and then we'll play a little game of counting the female-to-male, white-to-non-white ratios in their favorite TV shows.
Posted on April 19, 2007