Essay On Gender Stereotypes In Disney Movies

Tik tok, tik tok, tik tok. Quick grab your glass slipper and run child, the clock has struck twelve and your coach is about to be nothing more than a pumpkin and you don’t want your prince seeing you dressed like that do you. Now hurry along child, go ! The films Cinderella release in 1950, Beauty and the Beast release in 1991, and The Little Mermaid released in 1989 I have been able to conclude that these films created by Disney reinforce typical Female stereotypes. This has had a negative impact on the viewers as these stereotypes are seen as the Social Norm. These reports will look at how females’ are portrayed in Disney films and what prolonged effects that they have on their young female viewers. The likes of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, …show more content…
From most of my critical texts I found that all of them shared the same opinion about these gender stereotypes, and how Disney has not taken a step forward with the error we live in to eliminate these stereotypes.

Cinderella the hopeless house slave, Ariel the girl who gave up her voice for a man she had only seen once, and Belle the girl who stayed with her abusive partner out of fear. Disney has created films that represent woman as weak, male dependant, and uneducated. Being a woman in society you should be strong, independent, and intelligent three things that according to Disney films aren 't relevant in the life if a female. Disney’s target audience appeals to the ages of four to eleven. This is the age where young people, especially girls are most impressionable to other people 's opinions. Growing up girls are insecure and look up highly to media role models, so when you have Disney portraying these princesses as helpless you have to wonder what long term effect that can have on someone. In the infamous film Cinderella her
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Your opinion doesn 't count, because you are a female and intelligence is unspoken of. At the beginning of the film we see our great Gaston saying, “it’s not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting *ideas*, and *thinking*”. Christopher Healy a father of a young girl detests Disney saying that “People always talk about the magic of Disney. Well that’s the magic of Disney: it’s crack for five year olds.” (Healy 2006) Disney relies on its films to hook in an audience that will create an obsession; this allows Disney to majorly profit off merchandise such as dolls and princess classes that can be purchased in New York from their Disney store. Not only do the movies portray stereotypical ideas for females but the dolls do too. These dolls represent the ideal way a woman should look, long blond or brunette hair, with big eyes long eyelashes but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The ideal female should also have large breasts, what society calls a “thigh gap”, a tiny waist, and a clothing size of zero. You have to ask yourself how is this a healthy image for children aged four to eleven. Women all around the world should be aspiring

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