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An important aspect of activism is to educate yourself and to educate others. This is especially important because the media often portrays people of marginalized status as stereotypes or tropes that label some groups as heroes and others as deviant. I have put together of a variety of problematic and dehumanizing tropes that the media constantly replicates. Next time you are watching television or a movie with your friends, point out the offensive stereotypes you see. By deconstructing these images on a day-to-day basis, we can resist absorbing preconceptions and prejudices formed by the media.
We can combat the media by creating our own representations that resist harmful stereotypes and tropes and offers a more complex portrayal of women, people of color, queer identified people and other marginalized communities. Creating our own media and art is a powerful form of activism. Make your own movies, books, comics and television shows that resist these stereotypes.