Essay on A Textual Analysis Of Gender Roles

957 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
So what are gender roles? A role is a set of expectations for the way individuals with certain social identification will act in certain situations (Damsels in Distress: A Textual Analysis of Gender Roles in Disney Princess Films). Gender identity is when people begin to believe that they are female or male and feel their femininity or masculinity (The Effect of Cartoon Movies on Children 's Gender Development). How individuals behave is socially enforced and valued. We inherit our gender roles mostly from our households and the structure we are raised around whether it is done consciously or not (The Effect of Cartoon Movies on Children 's Gender Development).
It is important to first understand how gender identities are formed. Since behaviors towards male and female children are differentiated during the first 18 months of life, children learn the differences between genders by themselves (The Effect of Cartoon Movies on Children 's Gender Development). So between 18 and 20 months, gender identity begins to be constructed and are mostly formed by the age of 2 (The Effect of Cartoon Movies on Children 's Gender Development).
Disney changed the original stories that transpired into what they are now (Damsels in Distress: A Textual Analysis of Gender Roles in Disney Princess Films).
One of the best examples of gender roles in a princess movie is in The Little Mermaid. In the beginning of The Little Mermaid, Ariel is adventurous and curious. She explores the sea and…

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