Ridux And Grace Pollock: An Analysis

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In the third chapter of The Mouse that Roared Disney and the End of Innocence by Henry A.Giroux and Grace Pollock, it talks about different controversies. These controversies being: race, gender roles, social hierarchy, innocence, etc. Out of all the topics, gender roles really stood out. Giroux speaks on different roles each female character is said to portray in society based off of the Disney films. For instance how females should always follow society or look and act a certain way. The examples he uses to explain this are The Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas. Both Belle and Pocahontas have to deal with society and the “common” interpretations that have been brought upon them from generation to generation. Disney is showing views of how…show more content…
The parents would base their decision on the male’s social standings and not on compatibility for their daughter. They usually believed it was the best thing for their daughters. On the other hand, the daughters usually did not think the same, they wanted more than just financial stability. Belle in Beauty and the Beast thought like most other daughters who did not believe in fixed marriages. This made others change their opinions on Belle. Henry Giroux for instance said “Disney Promoters labeled Belle a feminist because she rejects and vilifies Gaston, the ultimate macho man” which is one opinion many people took on her as a person. By looking at this quote, most would interpret that they are labeling her as a feminist because she passes up the “ideal” man and makes him a villain. Belle was expected to marry him because of his social standings with her family and not for love. This she didn’t want to do, because she knew women had their own opinions. In Faith Dickens academic journal, ““The Guy with the Problem”: Reform Narrative in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” she writes, “Susan Swan disagrees with Cummins’s assessment, arguing that the film most closely resembles a Gothic…show more content…
For instance in Pocahontas, ““Disney remakes the Powhatan princess in the image of a shapely, contemporary, high-fashion supermodel” (Giroux 106). She looks nothing like the actual Pocahontas children learn about in school. Disney made Pocahontas into an unattainable physical figure. It creates a stereotypical appearance that most girls or young females will never look like. In ““Essentialized Females Animated”, an academic journal written by Colleen Garside it talks about how Pocahontas continues the “myth of slenderized body” being socially acceptable and desirable. Girls strive to achieve the physical aspects, whether they be by looks or abilities, like Pocahontas. These images may fall short and in turn develop negative perceptions (Garside 35). As young women watch this film they being to want to copy images and appearances. They believe if they look a certain way, others will like them more. The only downfall to trying to look like women in the movies is that it’s not always achievable. No women in society has a perfect body or appearance, everyone has flaws, but the images Disney portrays creates a gender stereotype that is nothing like the females of today. This causes the self-esteem of many young girls to diminish, which then cause them to become depress and feel even worse about themselves. They try to be someone they are not because they believe it will make them better, but it sometimes makes it worse. Others

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