Social sustainability, the kit to dismantle gender stereotypes arrives

A multimedia platform is at the service of teachers and students to achieve the goal

Gender stereotypes will no longer be a problem, or almost so. At least in the good intentions there is that of destroying this social “plague” that affects Italy and several countries of the European Union. The idea of ​​working on an educational kit for schools, therefore, was born from the distribution of the short film on gender stereotypes ‘I like Spiderman… so what?’: an adventure that started even earlier from the pages of a book (by Giorgia Vezzoli , published by Settenove), and then moved, with the production to DNArt The Movie, to cinema screens and was screened in over 50 international festivals and local events.

On all these occasions, the gaze of Cloe, the protagonist, also highlighted a superpower: that of succeeding expose gender stereotypes and make them appear for what they are (“Really stupid!”).

The issue of gender stereotypes is becoming increasingly important in schools and it is precisely the teachers who need it simple and intuitive tools through which educate the very young regarding gender equality.

“Thanks also to the Cerv call from the European Commission (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Value – A call to promote gender equality) we decided – write Federico Micali and Serena Mannelli, curators of the project -, together with DNArt, to distribute the short film on the web in a new way, making it the starting point of a broader and deeper project, aimed at primary and lower secondary school teachers (but in general also at those who want to delve deeper into the topic of gender stereotypes). The direct language of the short film remains the starting point and the most immediate element to facilitate access to the theme of gender stereotypes: its use in the classroom can also be accompanied by additional materials that can broaden the vision (the backstage , director’s notes, various contributions and interviews)”.

The multimedia kit

Divided into different sections, the project passes through a digital platform (, organized as follows:

  • The ‘Video-Pills’ section which offers a series of insights that allow an overview of the main topics, developed by a series of experts both in short videos and in textual materials;
  • The ‘In Class’ section is the central one and has developed the proposed themes through active methodologies that place students at the centre, implementing the development of their critical thinking and their ability to reflect individually and collectively in order to be able to train themselves as active and aware citizens;

  • The educational cards are structured on the basis of engaging activities capable of stimulating reflection and dialogue, giving the opportunity to get involved firsthand and reflect on prejudices and stereotypes that influence our choices and our experiences on a daily basis.

    Thus composed, the kit aims to provide the right tools to stimulate young people in a moment of life in which – hopefully – gender stereotypes have not yet taken over critical thinking. The proposed paths are aimed at deconstruction and oriented towards respecting one’s dignity.

The role of teachers

In this mechanism, the teacher plays a primary role: clearing the field of competitive attitudes and encourage dialogue and cooperation. Verbal and non-verbal communication are the objects of study by teachers and the school is the privileged place in which we train so that the common goal is achieved.

“Often the prejudices linked to gender stereotypes – continue the curators of the project – are unconscious and the activities included in the teaching cards aim to make them manifest, to reveal them in order to fight and overcome them; they offer training in critical thinking and discussion as a way to resolve critical issues and conflicts. The teaching staff has the responsibility to make visible the implications of certain messages that can arrive from extracurricular contexts and which can undermine the peaceful development of students”.