Disney Gender Roles

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The purpose of this research paper is to examine gender identity and gender roles through Disney Princess movies. Specifically, it will also examine Disney Princess movies and how it correlates to the three waves of the American Feminist Movement. In order to identity the similarities or differences, several films, which contained a Disney princess, were watched and examined. The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is one of the largest media companies in the world. Disney is the best known for their movies, specifically their fairly tales. Disney movies offer children the opportunity to dream and desire for fantasies. The founders of Disney, Walt and Roy Disney, had strong family values and portrayed that through the company and…show more content…
Disney is literally everywhere. Disney constantly releases new movies or new toys and the media is also constantly promoting Disney in some way. It is evident that Disney has now wielded for decades an enormous effect on cultural life of several nations, especially with regard to the culture of children (Giroux and Pollock 19). Disney gives people this source of magic through its products, which creates bonds in families. Going to Disney theme parks or watching Disney movies gives adults this sense of adventure and an opportunity to escape from daily chaos. Disney World makes parents happy and they want to see that kind of happiness for their children and that is exactly why parents continue to allow their children to watch Disney…show more content…
While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children only spend an hour or two in front of a screen each day, it is reported that children spend a full 35 hours in front of a television a week (Rothman). The 35 hours represents a 2.2-hour increase since 2009 and a 12% increase over nine years. With so much time spent in front of the television, children are also prone to watching the same movie over and over again. Media plays a significant role in being a powerful resource to teach and help children understand different aspects about culture and society, such as identity and gender roles. Disney’s success proves that is has a crucial role in culture and entertainment. With that being said we can see the Walt Disney Company as a teaching mechanism and children are most likely to learn the messages being taught since they are constantly re-watching their favorite Disney

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