In society today, there is pressure from all sides to conform to a certain ideal of beauty. People are overwhelmed with the different types of images and media forms that are telling people how to act and what to look like. Media is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. It has the power to educate, affect social change, and much more, but if taken incorrectly people will take drastic lengths to change something about themselves. There have been many attempts to empower women through different types of media, but many have failed miserably. Over the last couple of years, Disney has struggled greatly with the representation of women throughout Princess movies because young girls are hounded with images of princesses, who tell them that the key to happiness is being fashionable, beautiful and finding a prince to save you. While young men are taught that in order to be successful, you must be goof looking and muscular. In 2013, this stereotype changed after the movie Frozen was released. This essay argues that Frozen challenges gender stereotypes by the portrayal of both male and female characters, it also challenges the stereotypical romantic ideas of love by replacing romantic love with a sisterly bond as the act of “true love.”
Frozen is a Disney movie that takes place in the kingdom of Arendelle, where Princess Elsa has the power to freeze and create ice, and her younger sister, Anna, loves to play with her. When Elsa accidentally hits Anna on the head with ice she created with her power and almost kills her, their parents brought them to trolls in order to save Anna’s and to protect her, they make her forget her sister’s special ability. Elsa returns to the castle and maintains herself recluse in her...
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...hole body turns to ice but since she risked her life to save her sister because of the love she has for her, she unfroze. This scene showed young girls that they do not need to focus on just romantic true love, but to remember and cherish the love that can be expressed to family.
Disney has finally realized the anti-feminist attributes that have been expressed through previous film. Fortunately, they have begun to stray from the stereotypes and make characters’ original. Frozen is just the start of a new princess era, but is already empowering young girls and boys. This movie was able to properly educate children on the acceptance of differentiating from the assumed gender roles through challenging the gender stereotypes in both male and female characters. It also challenged the stereotypical romantic ideas of love by replacing romantic love with a love of a sister.
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