Hannah Montana Character Analysis

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Disney Channel aired the first episode of Hannah Montana on March in 2006. The show featured a girl named Miley Stewart living a double life as a normal teen by day and a pop superstar, Hannah Montana, by night. It became an instant hit and only grew more popular throughout the four seasons, which ended in 2011. Since television is the most powerful factor influencing our generation today, Disney knew Hannah Montana would be the perfect role model for tweens. She solves everyday teen problems, while living the life of a famous recording artist every girl only dreamt of living. Although this television show can negatively influence young girls. Self image and self esteem, gender conformity, and children sexuality are some of the negative aspects …show more content…
The situation set-up is one in which Miley feels that Lily, in order to lead a “normal” social life, needs to embrace a more stereotypical female behavior. The show depicts Lily as a tomboy with her interest in sports and skateboarding. Although they portray her as a tomboy, she is very feminine in appearance. Still, Miley feels that Lily needs to “learn how to be a girl.” Lily is given a makeover in which she dresses and uncomfortably tries to carry herself as a more stereotypical normal girl. Lily’s personal expression of what it means to her to be female are every bit the same as Miley’s more “mainstream” expressions of femininity. The message behind the scene in regards to female gender conformity is the same message that society sends to young girls on a day-to-day basis. This could influence tweens to dress and act more like a stereotypical female, but they may be uncomfortable doing so. Gender expression is unique to every individual and there is no right or wrong way to express being male or …show more content…
In this case, it is simply romantic kissing and being involved in a relationship. In an episode, Miley was dressed in a short colorful skirt, a glamorous top, with large amounts of glitzy makeup covering her face. The plot of the show was focused on Miley finding out about her boyfriend cheating on her after he “nibbled on another girl’s ear and kissed her.” Such content concerning relationships (in fact, all of the main characters on the show were in a relationship), and even the image of Miley who is a 15-year-old girl covered in fancy clothing and makeup, points towards the image of a girl experiencing adult material. Since young female viewers have Miley as a role model in their mind, they are bound to copy her behavior and want boyfriends and wear makeup like the girl they see on television. This can serve for young girl’s sexual experimentation before they are emotionally or prepared to handle that behavior. Sexual activity without emotional commitment can be both confusing for tweens and potentially emotionally harmful. Hannah Montana is part of the commercial package which encourages the sexuality of girls to blossom prematurely, before they have the opportunity to develop the emotions and resilience necessary to deal with what sexual relationships

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