A Simple Children 's Movie Or A Subliminal Messaging?

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Gender Roles:
A simple children 's movie or a subliminal messaging?
John Tran
University of Utah

Gender Roles:
A simple children 's movie or a subliminal messaging? At the time we are born we fall prey to our gender, with little choice in the matter, we are expected to fulfill a role to that gender, to develop into an individual with characteristics focused around that particular gender (Stern & Karraker, 1989). Conclusions are drawn to what colors we will be dressed in "beginning with the pink and blue blankets used with babies"(Wood, 2011), what kind of toys we will play with, and what kinds of jobs we will possibly hold later on in life. But as we develop our perception of that gender 's role shifts and change according to
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I intend to illuminate how a children 's film can influence how we view gender roles. For the this purpose we will be focusing on one particular film, Disney 's Mulan, 1998, which introduces both gender roles, giving specific examples of how each role should and what characteristics are expected from both of those roles. In the following pages I will explain the concept of gender roles, discussing what each gender role is for both males and females. Afterwards I will lead you through a analysis of the text, explaining gender role examples from the text
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Gender Roles There are a number of factors that influence how we understand our gender roles; parents, teachers, peers, and the mass media are just a few examples. Each of these influences vary in the amount of time we are exposed to each of the these influences. As our exposure to the media increases through age, so does our perception of the gender roles. Expanding to meet the characteristics displayed through the various forms media, but because "media providers are likely to provide to adolescents to whatever they believe adolescents want" (Arnett, 1995, p. 526) these characteristics can be undesired or misleading to the viewer 's understanding of gender roles (Thompson & Zerbinos, 1995), on the grounds that the media provider is
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