Essay on How Do Gender Roles Get Portrayed in Disney Films?

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A. Definition of Gender Roles
A gender role consists of characteristics that refer to a set of social and behavioral norms that are widely considered appropriate for either males or females. Gender roles are different throughout society and cultures. One gains gender roles unconsciously, consciously, or genetically due to cultural rules (Princeton).
B. How film characters are seen by the audience
Many people view women as weak in hopeless and males as strong and heroic in films. Male characters are seen to be more physical, functional, sexual, smart, and independent. Female characters are seen as dependent, weak, quiet, graceful, and innocent (Planned Parenthood). For example, in the movie Tangled (2009) Rapunzel is seen as a …show more content…

A woman cleaning and cooking for a man is now a common-day stereotype/objectification of women. A phrase used a lot by men now-a-days is, “Women belong in a kitchen.” The author believes women lessening themselves for men are both the universal and overall message the movie is sending out.
B. “Gender Roll Portrayal and the Disney Princesses” By Dawn England, Lara Descartes, Melissa Collier-Meek This article talks about a study done on all Disney movies and the coding of the male and feminine characteristics of Princesses and Princes. To name a few for male characteristics they looked for are; exploration tactics, if they're physically strong, assertive, unemotional, independent, athletic, and take the leadership role. For female characteristics they looked for; submissiveness, whether the woman was ashamed, was a victim, and asks for help or advice. The researchers ended up putting the Disney Princess films into three categories; the early movies (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty), the middle movies (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Mulan), and the most current (The Princess and the Frog). According to the data in each of the groups all the Princesses conveyed more feminine characteristics than male. Talking about the Princes, they were rarely seen in the earlier films but when they were they showed overly masculine characteristics, showing male characteristics has decreased in a slow

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