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The representation of women in disney


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The representation of women in disney

  1. 1. The Representation of Women in Disney <br />The Reflection of Damsels in Distress and Wicked Spinsters<br />
  2. 2. 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 />
  3. 3. 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 />
  4. 4. Identity<br />Not “Who we Are” or “Where were from”<br />BUT <br />“Who We Might Become”<br />How does Disney influence this?<br />
  5. 5. Disney’s Reflection<br />“Classic Years” 1937- 1967<br />Snow White <br />Cinderella<br />Aurora / Sleeping Beauty<br />
  6. 6. 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 /><br />
  7. 7. 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 />
  8. 8. Disney’s Reflection<br />The “Eisner” Era 1989 – <br />Ariel<br />Jasmine<br />Mulan<br />The idea of “good and sexy” <br />
  9. 9. Disney’s Reflection<br />Ariel sells her voice, and trades her family for a man<br /><br />Jasmine can apparently only gain power through seduction <br /><br />Mulan fails as a women and must become a man to be successful <br />
  10. 10. 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 />
  11. 11. 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 />
  12. 12. 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 />