This comprehensive toolkit from the Geena Davis Institute highlights pervasive stereotypes and tropes associated with various identities across gender, race, LGBTQIA+, disability, age, and body type as depicted in entertainment media from 2016 to 2020. This a critical tool for content creators, providing a list of clichés and oversimplified characterizations that should be avoided in order to foster authentic and nuanced portrayals in television and film. Each section offers insight into specific tropes that perpetuate negative stereotypes, accompanied by explanations that underline the importance of eliminating such reductive characterizations to achieve inclusive and representative storytelling. This resource is pivotal for decision-makers and creators in the media industry who are committed to advancing equality, equity, and diversity on-screen.

Recommended Use: To be utilized by filmmakers, screenwriters, media scholars, and educators as a guide to understanding and avoiding common representation pitfalls in media production and critique.