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Other-isms

Media Links and Discussion

Each of the following topics includes a link to a piece of media and discussion questions that can be used in discussion.

Media portrayals of gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, men and women

This Canadian website provides an overview of media stereotyping. Includes sections on stereotyping lesbians and gays, girls and women, men and masculinity, and people with disabilities.


Sizeism in both the network news and in video game entertainment

Short clip in which Fox News discusses a video game, “Fat Princess.”

Audience: Middle school through adult
Discussion questions:

  1. What dominant discourses are evident in the game? In the news broadcasters?
  2. What are other examples of discrimination against people of size?

Size Bias As A Social Construction

A Teaching Tolerance teaching resource

Audience: Middle school through adult


Make It Better Project

How might students and community members make and post videos and other media to address –isms like homophobia and racism?

Addresses LGBT bullying in schools and provides information and examples of how to take action.

Audience: Middle school through adult


Who are the Arab Americans?

What’s the difference between Arabs and Muslims?

The Teaching Tolerance website has many useful teaching resources not only on race issues but also dealing with religious discrimination.

Audience: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and adults


How My Muslim Students Made Me a Better Person

What’s the difference between Arabs and Muslims?

The Teaching Tolerance website has many useful teaching resources not only on race issues but also dealing with religious discrimination.

Audience: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and adults