Stereotypes In Fairy Tales

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The concept of stereotyping is prevalent within both Lori Baker-Sperry and Liz Grauerholz’s “The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children’s Fairytales” and in the preface to Robert Entman and Andrew Rojecki’s The Black Image in the White Mind. These articles discuss how media has the capability to influence the mind of individuals with images of fairy tale’s beauty norms and with racial depictions. Popular media often creates ideals and stereotypes by using characters in order to unjustly portray the way individuals are to act according to their race and gender roles; these stereotypes and ideals can provide people with a sense of empowerment or have the means to diminish it.
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Baker-Sperry and Gruaerholz’s article explains how there is a standard beauty ideal that is portrayed within fairy tales. They describe these ideals as “physical attractiveness [being] one of women’s most important assets and something all women should strive to achieve”. These standards that are being portrayed are often unrealistic, and not applicable to everyone. They often show young women with features that are depicted by media as beautiful, such as having a tiny waist, blond hair, and small nose. Women who do not have these specific features may feel less confident due to the unjust stereotype media has placed on them. This insecure and unconfident feeling may lead to women feeling powerlessness, and thus that beauty holds power. According to their research, women “‘feeling good about themselves’ depended on ‘looking good’ …[furthermore] “women who wear makeup in the work place are seen as heterosexual, healthier, and more competent than …show more content…
It can be seen within fairy tales that women are often submissive to man and do not question the authority he holds. Baker-Sperry and Gruaerholz’s explain how this plays an effect on the public within their article. “Fairytales written during the 18th and 19th centuries were intended to teach girls and young women how to become domesticated, respectable, and attractive to a marriage partner, and to teach young boys and girls appropriate gendered values”. As a result of media gender scripting fairy tales, its audiences see how women should act rather than demonstrating that women, too, have the capability of taking the more dominant power. This passive stereotype placed on women constrains their power of being independent and their capability to hold authority. Similarly, in The Black Image in the White Mind people of color are often seen as subordinate to the white characters. The research with in the article shows that black characters tend to assist the white characters, or need assistance from the white characters themselves. The authors claim this is because media believes “The blacks cannot handle the world on intellect and power”. This concept demonstrates the restrictions media places on characters of color. These limitations can influence those in society who are of the same race by

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