Gender Inequity In Brave And Frozen

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For decades Disney has been using gender inequity to portray the females and males as princes, princesses, and evil character roles influencing the youth of our world that watch animated movies. However they are not alone. The animated movie making industry has long been known for its gender bias following in the footsteps of long ago written fables, folktales, myths, and fairy tales generalizing stereotypical male and female images from the movie industry and our society in general. The culture of genders and their roles in society is ever-changing for more gender equity than ever before; however there have always been leading giants in the industry of moving-making and stories and Disney is one of those goliaths who have shaped the way …show more content…
Merida is strong and insists on controlling her own destiny by fighting the society’s set up standards (Saladino, 2014). Merida portrays this by refusing the thought of getting married; which her mother expects of her. Instead of possessing traditional princess traits, she is wild, free-spirited, and very ambitious (Saladino, 2014). She also shows her independence by going out of social norms and climbing mountains and constantly riding her horses. Merida never gives in to things she doesn’t believe in; due to this it can be argued that she is one of the most rebelling princesses that have been created. Elsa is also portrayed as a very strong women. She goes from being just a normal princesses to becoming of Queen of Arendelle and becoming the ruler of the whole kingdom. This is a major change in gender role and the first time a Disney princess has become the highest authority figure in any film. Elsa shows many different strengths as she takes on the role of becoming queen. Elsa shows her independence by accepting herself as she is, and pushing judgement past her and moving on to bigger things. The people of the town start to finally respect and admire her in the end because of her traits that allow her to be hardworking and caring (Law, 2014). Disney and how they portrayed these princesses being independent and strong, shows kids in today’s …show more content…
When it comes to love within a princess fairytale, it usually consists of a man and a woman falling in love and living happily ever after. For the recent Disney princesses Elsa and Merida though, the story kind of changes compared to previous princesses. Disney/Pixar productions decided they necessarily didn’t want the entire plot to revolve around a romantic event, but focus more on the individual and their own self. In Brave, Merida’s role truly broke the stereotypes of previous romances within a princess fairytale. Instead of marrying the prince of her dreams, she claims and has uncertain values regarding being married. She refuses multiple times to be married and she does not want to marry a suitor and give up her individuality (Saladino, 2014). Instead of finding a prince to fall in love with, the story line seems to fall around the love that is portrayed between the Merida and her mother. It also deals with Merida finding love within herself and discovering her own path to take in life. At the end of multiple fights with each other, Elinor realizes that they misunderstood each other, and they seek to understand one another on this critical decision (Saladino, 2014). For Elsa’s love story, it is a little different. She absolutely does not mention how she needs a man to love, and instead she thrives on her own and seeks her own self-love. Not only does she focus on her own love, but she

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