Disney’s gender roles and female body ideals are the elephant in the room that most people ignore. For decades, Disney movies have been very popular amongst young girls who are looking for role models to guide them, and to look up to. However, these movies help girls reinforce the female ideal that society has created, teaching them how a “real” girl dresses and acts. What are the psychological effects Disney movies have on young girls’ ideal of body image and female gender roles? The Princesses in Disney movies are portrayed as young, voluptuous, and beautiful while the female villains are usually older, heavyset or emaciated , and considered “ugly” or undesirable. These perceptions can give young girls an inaccurate view of what beauty should look like and what they should strive to be. This causes negative effects on how young girls view themselves and can lead to eating disorders later in life. Not only do the Disney movies portray body image inaccurately but they also reinforce gender stereotyping. Throughout each movie the princesses are “damsels in distress,” naïve, and cook and clean while wearing very
Movies are a big part of people’s lives; everyone has a favorite movie, or set of movies. They have impacted people’s lives since they were first made, and continue to do so today. In recent years, movies have cast women to play the roles of heroes. Although women have been playing heroic roles recently, they have always been role models in movies, which have set examples for future generations, empowered women, and have shed light on the feminist movement in the U.S.
Multiple studies have been done that analyzes the way Disney does this. Three different examinations/analysis, with a combined amount of 48 Disney films, found that the female leads were focused on, especially with characters of color, their sexuality, in which there were frequent examples of sexism and racism in films that noted the “pale skin tones, small waists, delicate limbs, and full breasts” of leads. One of three showed and provided gender role examples that were not up to date on how current society views these roles; this analysis emphasized a multitude of domestic work being done by females. The last study reviewed films for different cultural constructs that included gender and distinguished the consistency of stereotypes throughout the films, even with the latest of the films having less stereotyping (Dawn et al., 556 – 557). These three studies all demonstrate an interesting effort in the way gender roles and stereotypes are portrayed in Disney
This is because children tend to be the major audience of Disney films. The author’s main claim is that typical stereotyped gender roles of Disney’s princess films has evolved from 1937 of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to the most recent film, The Princess and the Frog released in 2009. Princes and the princesses, the main characters of the films in the past were depicted as they were more fit into the stereotyped gender roles: princes tended to be more masculine whereas princesses were emphasized for their femininity. The author provides support through suggesting other academic theoretical views stating how Disney’s princess line affects children’s development of gender roles. The purpose of the study is to show how characteristics of princes and princesses from Disney’s films have changed over the time. The author then introduces the results of the study saying that it is explicit that princes showed masculine characteristics in older films while princesses emphasized their femininity in the past. However, both characteristics have slightly mixed in current films. The warrant that the author uses is that children can be also stereotyped by Disney films due to their susceptibility and flexibility toward such information. Therefore, the huge market of Disney’s merchandises has significant influences on children’s cognitive development of gender perception. This is due to the fact that they are both the most targeted consumers of its market and watchers of the films
They play a role in putting emphasis on themes such as a woman’s passive nature and their beauty. Fairytales are a mode of enhancing the difference between the genders and supporting the dominant gender. Disney films and children’s fairytales put a high amount of emphasis on the theme of feminine beauty ideal (Baker-Sperry & Grauerholz, 2003). It is a social construct that believes that the greatest asset a female has is that of her physical attractiveness and a female should strive to achieve and maintain it. This leads to one believing that females are oppressed, devalued and objectified, particularly in a patriarchal society (Baker-Sperry & Grauerholz, 2003). According to Baker-Sperry and Grauerholz (2003) women find beauty to be empowering and like to engage in rituals that enhance their beauty. Bordo (1993) believes that woman and adolescent girls achieve a high social status and maintain their self-esteem by engaging beauty rituals through the course of the day (as cited in Baker-Sperry & Grauerholz, 2003). The importance of female beauty ideal and physical attractiveness in society is emphasized in many Disney films and children’s media. According to Chyng (2001) many films emphasize the importance of sexuality and often-female characters are portrayed as overly sexual (as cited in Towbin, Haddock, Zimmerman, Lund, & Tanner, 2004).
In class we discussed how men are often classified as the strong character who usually engages in fights or the superheroes in a film. Looking at most Disney films, females are usually vulnerable and always need a man or prince by their sides to be complete. Media which include a high degree of sexually violent content may also tend to portray women as passive, submissive and inferior (Ferguson, 2012). The gap between male and female characters is extremely big and results in negative attitudes towards women in society.
The two movies I chose to watch this week was “The Road to El Dorado” and “The Emperor's New Groove” as my choice of animated films to analyze. The animated film, “The Road to El Dorado” stereotypical representations of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality are added in children’s films. I see sexuality played out most of the time in these Disney films. There is only one woman, and her name is Chel. There are many single female characters in otherwise male dominated movies who are portrayed as sexy. It is unfortunately very common and reinforces the idea of women as tokens, and the audience will not find stories interesting unless their focus is men’s issues and lives. As soon as Chel appears she is immediately characterized as an object that
Nowadays, the media has a greater influence than ever on what the public believes and accepts. Research shows that the amount and realism of violence and sex in movies has skyrocketed, influencing the views of our generation. However, little to no attention is placed on the effects of movies on our views of racism, sexism, classism, and heteronormativity. Before watching a movie, you can get a general idea of how much sex and violence it will contain, in order to decide if it is appropriate for you. However, how can one tell if a movie is too racist, sexist, classist, or heteronormative for his/her viewing pleasure? What makes a movie racist, sexist, classist, or heteronormative for certain audiences, and not others? My take on the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system serves to tackle these questions and bring light to the media’s influence on our views on racism, sexism, classism, and heternormativity. My audience for this rating system is primarily parents, who are easily offended by the racism, sexism, classism, and heteronormativity present in the media. They would likely care the most about the presentation of these ideologies in a movie, since they would not want their children to be influenced by the views portrayed in the films they watch.
Most children and adults come across a Disney movie whether it be Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Although these movies are inaccurate to represent historical events they show us the roles that were retained by genders for centuries.
The Disney Corporation is one of the biggest companies that our society has seen develop. Disney products are everywhere; they produce “children’s books, cartoons, computer software, and toys” (Towbin, Haddock, Zimmerman, Lund and Tanner, 24). In 1937, Disney released its first full-length animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Since then, this business, in regards to media, has been on an economic roller coaster that only goes up. In a study published by the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy entitled Images of Gender, Race, Age and Sexual Orientation in Disney Feature-Length Animated Films Professors Towbin, Haddock, Zimmerman, Lund and Tanner from various universities, looked in depth at Disney movies. In the article, the authors
Disney has portrayed women in movies by the use of animation characters for over a century since the 1900s. There has been a very big change since the early 1900’s to modern day in Disney’s depiction of the personalities of the women, their attitudes and ideologies towards men, and the way they are portrayed in the movies. This progression has had a distinct development, from passive damsels in distress in need of the help of men, to being superheroes. Therefore, the evolution of women in Disney movies will be analyzed through the use of university level feminist essays, as well as a research paper written about gender roles in Disney animation. The evolution will also be analyzed through examination of the clips of the movies themselves.
I found “Someday My Prince Will Come” to be a very interesting and enlightening article, sometimes when watching Disney movies at face value, it is easy to miss just how heterosexually driven these movies are. Many of the Disney movi...
... argues that Disney movies have a good influence on children by teaching them good life morals. However, one of her examples, Mulan, is not an example of achievement through hard work like Zia explains, but rather a change made through magic, and example of the horrible historical inaccuracies made in Disney movies and the lack of parental respect that they teach children. Mulan is a great story of overcoming the odds and becoming who you truly are, if only the real messages where as honorable.
Disney trains young consumers how to be sexist because of there movie and show. Ken Gillam manage a composition program at the Missouri State University and as teaches composition theory and pedagogy. Shannon R. Wooden is a English professor at Missouri State University. Ken Gillam and Shannon R. Wooden said “Same -sex (male) bonds to temporarily avoid the more loaded term desire are obviously important to each of the these films “(Gillam, p.476). Disney movies are making the young consumers thinks that sexist is okay but it is not really because it teaches them to divide into two different social groups in
Walt Disney Productions has been making movies for young children since the 1920s. Since it is the biggest production company, its movies can have an influence on its young viewers. Mickey Mouse Monopoly questions the influence of Disney movies regarding race and gender roles. Though the Disney film Mulan was viewed as a step up from negative gender roles and racial stereotypes, the documentary still regarded Disney’s representation of China as a negative temporary power of females. Mickey Mouse Monopoly’s interpretation of the movie is inaccurate because they overanalyzed small parts of the film rather than focusing on the theme and the movie as a whole. By overanalyzing a few clips, Mickey Mouse Monopoly overlooked the fact that Mulan shows progressive feministic values by creating a courageous and intelligent female character, something that other Disney films lacked at