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Disney’s New Program Centers Around A Doctor – And She’s A Girl – Of Color!

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The children’s entertainment industry has never been known for it’s diverse opinions or gender-permissive nature. Disney especially has a reputation for weak princess characters who teach little girls to worry about finding love above all else and waiting for a man to rescue you. But it looks like they’re trying to change that image around.

This morning, my in-box had news on a Disney Junior’s upcoming cartoon Doc McStuffins. The show is based on a child who puts on their magic stethoscope and suddenly has the ability to talk to their toys. Even better, the kid gets to help their toys when they get a boo-boo. How adorable right? I clicked through to see a preview of the show, set to air on March 23.

That’s when I realized, “Doc” is a little girl. Even better, “Doc” is a little girl of color.

Maybe I’m getting a little too excited about children’s programming, but the idea of an African-American female star in a children’s show being a doctor, instead of a princess or a ballerina, is pretty awesome to me. In fact, it’s more than that, it’s downright thrilling. I don’t even have a problem with princesses in general, I’m just excited to see another option available to young girls who aren’t interested in tiaras or tutus.

It’s a surprisingly progressive step for a pretty traditional media company, especially as Nickelodeon is  coming under fire from parents for doing away with the educational hosts of its pre-school channel, Nick Jr. Disney’s introduction of an intelligent little girl who focuses on a traditionally male profession seems even more refreshing.

Check out the clip below and let us know what you think about this new TV program, and whether its one you’ll be tuning in to with your own little ones.

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4 Comments

  1. Brandy

    March 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    The kid isn’t talking to “their” toys. The child is talking to his, her, or its toys. Please, for the love of all that is good, double check your grammar, spelling, and the names of subjects and sources before you post articles. Blatant errors are shockingly common on Mommyish—which is sad because the content is interesting and engaging. I trust that the contributing authors would like to be viewed as professionals. Glaring errors are keeping the authors from that gleam of professionalism.

  2. The Mommy Psychologist

    March 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this! I just met a girl whose real, legal birth name was Princess last week. I couldn’t help but post on it. You might want to check it out: http://www.themommypsychologist.com

  3. Gabrielle

    March 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Brandy, the author was trying to make a point, hence the initial use of “their” instead of “her”. As a woman of color with a daughter, I’m very excited about this show.

  4. Katherine

    April 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I watched this adorable show with my little girl the other day, and I have to say, it never occurred to me that this was a little girl in a male profession or that she was African American. It only occurred to me that she was adorable, that her daddy had a tea party with her (how cute!) and that her doll was cranky because she hadn’t had enough sleep. My daughter and I talked about having a tea party on Saturday when her Da would be off of work, and we talked about how too little sleep would make a child cranky. The other stuff- it never occurred to me. Girls can do whatever they want! Why do I have to make a big deal of this? Doesn’t that defeat the ultimate purpose?

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