The Importance Of Representation In The Media

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to the blog. Today’s post is focusing on quite an important topic: Representation In The Media. I’ll be talking about why it’s important, what more can be done, and some examples of representation that are already out there. Let’s jump into it!


Why Representation Is Important
Representation is something that is extremely important as it helps people have comfort in who they are. In today’s society, everyone knows about mainstream media, whether it’s Working in the media, TV Shows, Books etc! So, when people don’t see someone who they can relate to in something that everyone will pay attention to, they begin to feel out of place and feel like they don’t belong in society. So representation, helps people realise that everyone is equal and it’s okay not to be exactly the same as everyone else!

Also, representation is important as it helps to educate others who already have representation and decrease bullying. As usually, people are bullied for being ‘different.’ Well the reality is, they’re not different, they just don’t have enough (or have a negative amount) of representation. Representation is so important to help people learn about and to respect other’s cultures!

How To Help Increase Representation
There are many things we can do to help increase representation. One of the easiest things to do is to support projects that already have representation. This will encourage media companies to create more as they know people will enjoy them!

Another thing to help increase awareness about the issue is to sign and share petitions. I know you wouldn’t think there any for issues like this. But there’s quite a few calling for representation to be improved, and to make people from more diverse backgrounds be safer and prevent discrimination when they’re working in the media!

Examples Of Representation
Although there’s not a high amount, there is still some great representation that should be more recognised and talked about more. I wish I could say the lost goes on, but unfortunately, there isn’t as much representation for different communities in mainstream media, so by checking out these projects with representation, hopefully it can push companies to integrate more representation into their projects!

  • Never Have I Ever – Netflix (Brown Community Representation)
  • Black Panther – Marvel Cinematic Universe (Black Community Representation)
  • Ms Marvel – Marvel Comics, Upcoming in Marvel Cinematic Universe (Brown Community Representation)
  • Modern Family – Netflix, Disney Plus (LGBTQ+ Community Representation)

Of course these are only the ones I’m aware of, so please share in the comments where you’ve seen examples of representation – I’d love to see more representation for other under-represented communities such as the Disabled Community, Other Ethnic Minorities, Etc!

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20 thoughts on “The Importance Of Representation In The Media

  1. Elsie LMC

    This is a fantastic post and I love how you explained why there should be more representation and given examples on what we can do to help as well 👏✨ I don’t know if it counts but in YA books I rarely come across representation of the disabled community in a main character if at all and when I found that in the book A Curse So Dark and Lonely it honestly felt like a breath of fresh air and really empowering because I could truly put myself in the characters shoes and not feel limited. I think more books should have that but then again maybe I’m just not aware of others that have done so, but I’d love to be! Anyway, this post was a great read and I learnt a lot from it + will continue to do so with the links you’ve provided 💗

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    • Zainab

      Aww I’m so glad it helps! Yes books totally count as media and I haven’t seen as much representation in them either. I’ll definitely check out A Curse So Dark And Lonely – what’s it about?

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      • Elsie LMC

        It’s kind of like a different take on Beauty and the Beast with a girl who is taken to another world in order to save it with their being a prince who’s kingdom is cursed and him turning rogue when a time warp repeatedly takes ahold. I’m a bit obsessed with it 😂. I think the representation from that (i.e the girl having cerebral palsy) carries on to the idea that when films are made involving disabled characters, they don’t often cast people who are actually living with that condition and in turn lose a chance at giving an honest perception and representation of real life people. I was wondering the other day whether or not if a film was to be made would the actor actually have that. Your post has me me think a whole lot more as I read it! 🤣

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  2. thepastelbicycle

    Amazing post!🙂 Black Panther is such a great movie! It’s one of my favorite MCU movies by far.
    I don’t know of many tv shows/movies that have representation in them (am I saying that right😄) other than Black Panther and the Pixar movie Soul.
    A book I read that I think did a good job of representation of the disabled community is “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling. The main character is a girl named Aven who was born without arms. She is in middle school and solves mysteries. It’s a really good book, and has a sequel that’s also good.
    Have a good day! 😊

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    • Zainab

      Thank you so much! Yes you said that right! And oh my gosh I completely forgot about Soul, and I LOVED that movie! I’ll definitely check out Insignificant Events – it sounds super interesting!

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  3. naomiclimateandcats

    Hi Zainab! Great post!
    I haven’t noticed much representation in movies/shows, but I’ve found a couple really good books with representation!
    The Henna Wars is AMAZING (both as a normal book and representation-wise). It’s about a Muslim girl, who’s also dealing with coming out as lesbian- in this post, you didn’t talk about LGBTQ+ representation, but that’s something that should be in the media more as well! 🙂

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    • Zainab

      Hi Naomi! Thank you for sharing Henna Wars, I’ll have a look at it! I would’ve loved to share more but unfortunately it’s hard to find representation for the LGTBQ+ Community. I did manage to share Modern Family though, two of the main characters are a gay couple – so if you’d like to see some representation to do with that, I’d definitely recommend you check that out. Thanks for reading!

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  4. Hreem

    Yess Zainab I loved this post!! I definitely agree and I think it’s so so SO important to have equal representation of all people.
    Being an Indian, I know as a child I barely ever saw brown people represented in the general media. So even now I get so excited whenever I see a person that has even a bit of Indian heritage in predominantly white movies or shows and I really wish it still didn’t feel that abnormal to me.
    So yes thanks so much for spreading more awareness about this topic! 💞

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  5. Chelsea R. H.

    This is a great post! I completely agree that representation for all sorts of people is 100% necessary. I have chronic illnesses myself and growing up I never saw kids like myself in the books I read (and I read A LOT of books) except as a punchline (oh, look at the weird nerdy kid with glasses and asthma! Let’s bully him). It’s getting better now, but I still try to add as much representation as I can to my own stories so the kids that are growing up at the moment won’t have the same experiences that I did.
    Thanks for writing this post!

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    • Zainab

      Thank you so much – yes the world is getting better for representation, it’s slow and steady! If you’d like some representation in real media, I follow a blogger called Meg Says on Instagram who also has a chronic illness and she is always so positive, so you should definitely check out her page! 💗

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  6. ikwords

    Awesome post, it was great to hear your opinion. I liked the movie The Half Of It, which had two main lesbian characters of different ethnicities. I also love the quirky and funny TV show Atypical, about a teen on the autism spectrum who tries to find a girlfriend. As for books, there’s a ton more recommendations I could give. I actually just published an article about diversity in YA, if you’re interested (https://wordsonkey.wordpress.com/2021/11/05/how-ya-lit-leads-the-way-in-representation/). Among many other sections, I feature some blogs and organizations there, like We Need Diverse Books and LGBTQ Reads. Thanks for sharing these recommendations and thoughts!

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