Study examines television, diversity, and self-esteem : A study of tweens found that television raises the self esteem of white boys--but lowers the self esteem of girls and children of color.
“Television exposure predicted a decrease in self-esteem for white and black girls and black boys, and an increase in self-esteem among white boys.”
Yeah, no shit.
“Regardless of what show you’re watching, if you’re a white male, things in life are pretty good for [people who look like] you. You tend to be in positions of power, you have prestigious occupations, high education, glamorous houses, a beautiful wife, with very little portrayals of how hard you worked to get there.
“If you are a girl or a woman, what you see is that women on television are not given a variety of roles. The roles that they see are pretty simplistic; they’re almost always one-dimensional and focused on the success they have because of how they look, not what they do or what they think or how they got there.
“Young black boys are getting the opposite message: that there is not lots of good things that you can aspire to. If we think about those kinds of messages, that’s what’s responsible for the impact.”