Diversity and representation is a very important tool for breaking bias. For a very long time, we have been fighting the war against inequality. There are reports of people saying that it will take a very long time for the world to attain gender equality. According to a report published on Wednesday by UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), "Achieving full gender equality, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), could take close to 300 years if the current rate of progress continues."
How can we increase the rate of progress of the world so that we can attain equality in the world? What do you think can be done?
As for me, I think movies and films are crucial to doing this. Movies and films if they are diverse and they represent people well, they will help to break biases and crush stereotypes. I want to include a few words from a few topical talkers.
helpful_moose said," It is very important to display such communities on the global screen because what we see is what we practice. We get greatly influenced by the characters we see in movies specially in this digital era, making it very necessary to give proper representation to all social and economic groups. Just like a bench never discriminates between the physical appearance, the economic status, the social background or anything like that when anyone sits on it, we should actually learn from that bench because then that will make us inclusive and will ultimately make the world a better place for every single person to live in."
coherent_banjo said, "I feel like diversity is important in films because it can help people that have been marginalised to feel included in society. It also shows the majority that people from minorities are just normal people. This can be achieved by representing those minorities in a variety of roles. For example if a certain race or religion is only portrayed like criminals or terrorists, then the general public will keep in mind this idea. But if they are given all sorts of roles we will get used to them being part of society just like us.
In my view this is not just about race, but about all minorities. Films can make us get used to the fact that for example people with disabilities can do the jobs we do and that women can be successful in any jobs and that they can be heroes too. These are all steps towards a more inclusive society."
Do you think this it is true? Do movies also play an important role?
The movie black panther is a popular movie well known for its breakthrough in perfectly portraying diversity and representation. This is a movie that because of its diversity and good representation, many stereotypes and biases have been broken. Now, more films are trying to follow in their footsteps and this change is good for the world. This is a practical example of how diversity and equality helps to achieve equality in society. Here are a few words about the movie said by topical talkers.
terrific_acorn said, "Black Panther is one movie everyone gives credit for its breakthrough in racial segregation in the film industry. But what do we all know about upcoming black actors who struggle in a bid to secure a large protagonist role for other movies? Black Panther is not just a movie, it is a success story. Many black actors and actresses dream of making it big in the film industry, but how many actually do? I see Black Panther more deeply because of this fact...."
What other movies do you think has diversity and good representation and has succeded in bringing equality to society?
In my opinion some of there are some marvel movies that have good diversity and representation that have also helpd in promoting equality in the world. They are movies like Miss Marvel and Shang Chi.
We can see that diversity and good represention are like bows and arrows in the hands of equality they help to eliminate bias, stereotypes and discrimination in order to make the society we live in better.