29 Aug 5 Friyays: August 30
Hey all! It’s Dr. Hinson here with her 5 Friyays! Raise your hand if you’re ready for September? I certainly feel like it snuck up on me. There’s been some crazy stuff happen around the world this week (just like every week it seems) so I’ve got a mostly light and uplifting Friyays for ya.
Dancing in the Street
With all the drama hitting the headlines this week, you might have missed a really important moment and conversation about boys who love to dance and are bullied for it. Last week on Good Morning America, host Lara Spencer made a joke about a news story that Prince George is taking ballet. Her comments went down like a led balloon and soon there was a lot of pushback from the dance community. The dance community in NYC had a wonderful response – they took over Times Square on Monday morning. Over 300 dancers, mostly male, danced and gave free ballet lessons while GMA aired. In a world with super hot takes and internet outrage, their choice to teach Lara through celebration was a beautiful moment.
We Love Hannah Gadsby
If you’re fans of The Good Doctors you know we are huge fans of stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby. She shot to international fame with her Netflix special ‘Nanette’ (which we reviewed). Recently, I found this TED Talk she gave after the meteoric rise to the top of her field. She sees the world differently than a lot of us, and that’s a good thing.
We Can’t Be What We Can’t See, Part 1
The Girl Scouts of America motto is my new favorite way to talk about the importance of representation. On Monday we celebrated Women’s Equality Day – the 99th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution (get our FREE PDF here). The Amendment marked an important victory in the fight for women’s suffrage as it guaranteed the right to vote for white women. That last part is the most important. Though we celebrate change – we know we’re not equal till we’re all equal. Yet, one of the coolest celebrations of Women’s Equality Day was Mattel’s release of two new barbies – Sally Ride and Rosa Parks. We know that representation matters – that children believe they can achieve their dreams when they see other people who look like them achieving that same goal. We’ve got a long way to go, but every little helps.
The Bias of Medicine
Ever since I read Caroline Criado Perez’s phenomenal book ‘Invisible Women’ (here’s my review) – I’ve spent a lot more time looking at how the gender data gap hurts women. One of the areas it hurts us the most is in medical treatment and health care. For example, a recent report found that the standard dosage for heart failure is 50% too high for women, 50%. John Oliver talked all about the gender bias in medicine on one of his latest shows. Take it away John …
We Can’t Be What We Can’t See, Part 2
Speaking of representation – we learned in recent weeks just how poorly the TV and film industry is doing in terms of Latinx representation. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, mostly because one of my favorite shows ‘Jane the Virgin’ which was groundbreakingly Latinx-centered just finished its 5 season run. Latinx people make up 18% of the US population and 24% of it’s frequent moviegoers, yet a recent study from the USC Annenburg Inclusion Initiative found that in the 12-year period of its study of the 1,200 top grossing films only 4.5% of all speaking or named characters were Latinx, and only 3% of leads or co-leads. There’s a good breakdown of all their findings in the linked article – but the results are clear – we have to do better. When we have many societal discourses dehumanizing Latinx people or people of Latinx descent, its incumbent upon our art forms to help with the humanizing project.
That’s my Friyays for this week! If you’re in America, enjoy the Labor Day Weekend! Dr. Donnelly will be back next week – I cannot wait to see what she comes up with!