Already in it’s 4th season, Doc McStuffins is an animated series by Disney Junior which is targeted towards children ages 2-5 years old. Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is a “doctor” who fixes toys in need of repair.
I absolutely love Doc McStuffins as much as my daughter and son for so many reasons. Firstly, the show promotes diversity–Doc is the first African-American female heroin in Disney Junior. And through the powerful tool of representation, Doc is inspiring kids to be whoever they want to be, whatever their race or gender.
Moreover, Doc is a “doctor” because she wants to be just like her mom who is a Pediatrician. And because her mom works all the time, her dad took on the role of a stay-at-home dad who cooks and has tea time playdates with Doc and her toy friends. The show breaks down so many barriers in terms of preconceived socially-accepted norms that it is truly revolutionary, in my opinion. And the fact that it is a show made for very young kids, delivering the message of acceptance and love to young minds, makes it even more significant.
And in a bold move, proving that Doc McStuffins is really the stuff of pure awesomeness, the animated series recently aired an episode that showed a family comprised of a son, a daughter and two lesbian moms. A clear message that Doc McStuffins and Disney supports gay-lesbian rights but most especially, LOVE. The moms were played by well-known and respected lesbian actors, Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi. The episode entitled, “The Emergency Plan” teaches kids what to do in case of emergencies which tackles the importance of go-bags and pre-determined emergency meeting places, among others.
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