I must agree with Megan that Disney portrays men and women in a much different light from on another. This may stem (and by may, I mean I think) from the idea that Walt Disney was a complete nut job and his idea of a perfect world involved perfect children that grew into perfect adults and knew their role in society. Women should be in the kitchen men should work.

“Almost all Disney movies revolve around a heterosexual love plot, and tell young boys how to interact with women- they should view them as objects of pleasure (even if not in a sexual way). The men are seen as strong, glorifying chiseled abs, a barrel chest and huge arms; a body image that is often hard to attain. The masculinity of the characters is defined by how strong they are, and unwillingness to fight is seen as pitiful.” (Women in Hollywood)

On the contrary, the woman should be kind and reserved. Knowledge is welcome, but not necessary as seen in the Little Mermaid when Ursula informs Ariel that she doesn’t need her voice to get a man, but should learn to use body language. At the time, I didn’t get the reference, but looking back I wouldn’t want little girls thinking that using your body is the correct way to snag a man.

Not only is it bad for the woman, but according to Women in Hollywood, the images of men in Disney movies leaves many boys feeling inadequate because of the shape the lead male characters are in. Sometimes, when I look at Gaston (or any of the other males in Disney) I do wonder if the art director has actually ever seen the proportions of a male body–his overgrown upper body leaves me confused.

The point is that Disney is leaving today’s youth with unreasonable expectations of their role in society and what they should look like. Disney campaigns for kids to be themselves as long as they look like everyone else.

Smith Pullman, k. “Women in Hollywood.” BlogSpot(2008): n. pag. Web. 16 Nov 2009. <http://ksmith-hollywoodwomen.blogspot.com/2008/11/sexism-strength-and-dominance.html&gt;.

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