Paper Title

[2.2] No Crown without Cooking: Analysis of Disney Princesses Reaffirming Traditional Gender Stereotypes

Location

AE 263

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

History | Philosophy | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Walt Disney made classic fairytales an accessible and popular form of entertainment in the medium of film. Most of the Disney Studios movies are targeted towards children and have been transformed into age appropriate tales. Increasingly, Disney has marketed their trademark Disney Princesses to young girls and since the escalation of the feminist movement, have been claiming to be changing with the times to acclimate their princesses to be independent young women. Yet with this shift to a more feminist approach to the tales, many princesses stay a secondary character to their male counterparts and are used as props in the film to take care of the male characters in the film. Many are confined to a stereotypical motherly role with their needs and desires coming second to the male’s needs and desires. This paper analyzes how those traditional gender roles are still prevalent in Disney films despite being advertised as heroine tales and how these underlying themes can be construed as sexist. This paper utilizes academic journals with my interpretation of Disney films to analyze the historically sexist and gender-conforming themes of Disney films that may be negatively impacting young children.

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[2.2] No Crown without Cooking: Analysis of Disney Princesses Reaffirming Traditional Gender Stereotypes

AE 263

Walt Disney made classic fairytales an accessible and popular form of entertainment in the medium of film. Most of the Disney Studios movies are targeted towards children and have been transformed into age appropriate tales. Increasingly, Disney has marketed their trademark Disney Princesses to young girls and since the escalation of the feminist movement, have been claiming to be changing with the times to acclimate their princesses to be independent young women. Yet with this shift to a more feminist approach to the tales, many princesses stay a secondary character to their male counterparts and are used as props in the film to take care of the male characters in the film. Many are confined to a stereotypical motherly role with their needs and desires coming second to the male’s needs and desires. This paper analyzes how those traditional gender roles are still prevalent in Disney films despite being advertised as heroine tales and how these underlying themes can be construed as sexist. This paper utilizes academic journals with my interpretation of Disney films to analyze the historically sexist and gender-conforming themes of Disney films that may be negatively impacting young children.