Transcript of "The representation of women in disney"
The Representation of Women in Disney <br />The Reflection of Damsels in Distress and Wicked Spinsters<br />
Film as a “Cultural Mirror”<br />In Hollywood, what decides whether or not a film is made is ultimately based if it is believed it will make money<br />Films that make money must appeal to a mass audience. Contain ideas, themes, characters, stores and perceptions to which audiences can relate<br />Roles evolve just as cultural identities evolve(i.e. Ian Eng) <br />
Disney’s Reflection <br />“As they continue to find new audiences in each up coming generation, it seems reasonable to assume that these films have more than simply a nostalgic appeal: they must in some way, still hold relevance in modern audience” (Davis 19) <br />
Identity<br />Not “Who we Are” or “Where were from”<br />BUT <br />“Who We Might Become”<br />How does Disney influence this?<br />
All come from western European fairytalesSpend early years in unfortunate circumstances<br />All have evil older women who holds power over them<br />Overly happy and satisfied to clean and waiting to be saved<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY3aljAO7qU<br />
Disney’s Reflection<br />The “Middle” Era 1967 – 1988<br /> The focus on princesses – or even on women as leads- seizes to exist <br /> Females are used as supporting characters in movies such as<br />Fox and the Hound and Robin Hood<br />
Disney’s Reflection<br />The “Eisner” Era 1989 – <br />Ariel<br />Jasmine<br />Mulan<br />The idea of “good and sexy” <br />
Disney’s Reflection<br />Ariel sells her voice, and trades her family for a man<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1RKONsre88<br />Jasmine can apparently only gain power through seduction <br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6MpuYiIKlU<br />Mulan fails as a women and must become a man to be successful <br />
The Mother Issue<br />Helpless Mothers (Auroras)<br />VS<br />The Wicked Step Mother<br />(Cinderella and Snow White)<br />All of the princesses are presented as having a father, none of which a mother rules in her own right<br />
Wicked Witches<br />Female Association with Power Equals Evil<br />Cruella DiVil <br />The Evil Queen<br />Maleficent<br />Queen of Hearts<br />Ursula <br />All Step Mothers <br />
Disney’s Reflection<br />Weakness? Portrayed by the beautiful Princess, delicate, love-struck and helpless<br />Power? The vengeful older women. Seemingly being single for too long results in craziness <br />Brave? According to Disney only the Prince is brave (or accomplished by becoming a “man” such as Mulan) <br />
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