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Is “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” the Antidote to Toxic Masculinity?

Is “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” the Antidote to Toxic Masculinity?

“That’s not the real Captain America. The real Captain America is White,” my son declared upon seeing a coloring page of Sikh Captain America.

At six years old, Adam is both very literal and very obsessed with superheroes. When Adam and his four-year-old brother play, they yell, “Hulk angry! Hulk smash!” They adopt Batman’s gravelly voice and the stoic attitude. They gravitate toward Halloween costumes with plush muscles sewn onto their tiny chests and arms. My husband and I try to speak openly with our kids about race and racism, about gender stereotypes and toxic masculinity, but I worry that our kids’ obsession with superheroes may be undermining what we are trying to teach them.

Kids & Race Pick of the Week: America’s Musical Journey 3D

Kids & Race Pick of the Week: America’s Musical Journey 3D

“America’s Musical Journey 3D” provides a refreshing take on America’s musical history. While many of the narratives that my generation learned about American music focused on White performers like Elvis, this film gives a broad (but concise) overview of many of the different people who helped create the “American” styles of music--jazz, rock, country, and hip hop.

Why I Was Disappointed in "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before"

Why I Was Disappointed in "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before"

When I finally saw To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix’s highly-anticipated teen rom-com adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name, I did not fall in love. Instead, I felt a growing unease that left me feeling incredibly uncomfortable by the supposed “happily ever after” conclusion of the film.

Take Your Kids to See “Crazy Rich Asians”

Take Your Kids to See “Crazy Rich Asians”

My first hero was Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Maybe she was a step forward. She was brunette, after all, and liked books. She didn’t need Gaston (or any man) to rescue her...until she kind of did...? Watching this movie as an adult, I notice the odd stockholm-syndrome tendencies and wonder if it has some pernicious message about women “civilizing” or “taming” men.