From Battleship to Barbie, how culture for young consumers shapes the identities they construct
The franchise’s evolving complexity, its young protagonists, and its accessibility make it a particularly apt reflection of entering adulthood.
Growing up, I was told my favorite comic-book heroine was white. And yet her struggles always seemed uniquely similar to my own.
When the film debuted 15 years ago, it taught me that shaping a hybrid identity could be a beautiful, inventive, and at times lonely experience.
The famed Japanese animator and director created heroines who defied feminine stereotypes and showed me how to be at home in my own skin.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the young-adult historical fiction series showed me how people move forward after earth-shattering moments.
The children’s series inspired its young audience to appreciate the mysteries and power of language.
Jim Henson’s 1986 film understands at its core that youth is full of mystery, tricks, and danger.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book series championed emotional restraint—an approach I’ve come to both question and appreciate in adulthood.
Decades before the outcry against the Ghostbusters remake, a 1980s kids show tried—and failed—to subvert male-centric stories.
It has partly to do with a dearth of women behind the scenes, changing audience tastes, and an evolving industry.
The scrappy Belgian reporter was my childhood hero. Reading his books as an adult is a little more complicated.
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The ’90s American sitcom was crucial in helping me understand blackness as a young girl of Nigerian descent growing up in Scotland.
Arnold Lobel’s beloved books taught children to understand and appreciate their individuality.
The uplifting Coloring Book makes profound use of Millennial nostalgia.
The black history icons I learned about as a child were larger-than-life—and they prepared me to grapple with America’s racial past.
As a young girl in a new country, I looked to the leader of the Autobots for lessons in fitting in.
A long love letter to the creator of the world’s greatest nature documentaries, on the eve of his 90th birthday.
Products marketed to children are more divided by gender stereotypes than ever, but the Internet is increasingly offering alternatives to Hot Wheels and Barbies.
The PBS-aired educational program 3-2-1 Contact was one of the best things on TV in the 1980s.