Women 's Role Models For Young Children

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Almost every child and or adult has watched or at least heard of a Disney movie. Little girls always wanted to be Cinderella, Snow White, or Belle and the boys Hercules or Aladdin. These characters have been role models for young children for many years. Looking back at Disney films now, they seem a little different. Now, because we are much older we can see how they were setting up gender roles that we are completely comfortable with today. Using Frozen and Hercules as an example, we can teach kids and students about gender roles and what is considered “normal” in our society. In society today there is a huge controversy as to what is considered the “Ideal Beauty”. Social media, television, magazines, etc. are people telling us what we have to look like and who we need to be. This is one of the reasons people go to crazy lengths to change something about how they look. Being a young kid, mainstream media puts images in our head showing us what is and isn’t appropriate for our gender type. Young girls are shown that you have to be beautiful, a Fashionista, and always have to have a prince to take care of you and save you from all the dangers. Young boys are taught to be strong, muscular, and good looking in order to get a princess. Sometimes they are even taught that if you want to successful, you have to be manipulative to get to where you want to be. In the movie Frozen, one of the main characters is a Queen instead of a Princess. Queens, usually in Disney movies have
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