Teaching Children How to Discriminate Essay

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Teaching Children How to Discriminate

Rosina Lippi-Green's article "Teaching Children How to Discriminate - What We Learn From The Big Bad Wolf" (1997) examines the discrimination and stereotypes toward different race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality and region that Disney presents in their animated films. Lippi-Green also points out the use or misuse of foreign accents in films, television and the entertainment industry as a whole. Such animated films are viewed mainly by children. Lippi-Green makes a central argument in which she says that children are taught to discriminate through the portrayal of the different accented characters in Disney films.

Lippi-Green maintains her argument by concentrating on "three
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This is a connotation that people with an African descent are animals. The characters, especially the male "seem to be unemployed or show no purpose in life beyond making of music and pleasing themselves" (94). A further implication is given that Africans are idle. These negative stereotypes are even more evident as depicted in "The Jungle Book" by King Louie in which he sings a song where he wishes he was a human being.

Another issue that Lippi-Green observed and commented on are, the use of gender and marital status stereotypes in Disney films. Disney denotes the idea that to be desirable, you should look a certain way and "sound white" (97). Children are presented with the idealistic view that the leading male characters in search of a mate have "bulging necks and overly muscular thighs" (95) and spoke in "Mainstream United States English." Male characters are often the stronger and rougher who need women to care and tend to them. Lead female characters who are in search of their mate, epitomize how a conventional woman should be. From the physical aspect of being "doe-eyed and tiny waist " (95), to the "homemaker" status as portrayed in Disney films. There are no romantic leads given to the "mothers," they are often widowed and less desirable. The portrayal of "fathers" in Disney films is similar to the "mothers" with the addition of the comical characterization for some.

Lippi-Green refers to the manipulation of
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