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masculinity in disney films

This mini-documentary uploaded on Youtube features clips from Disney films as well as narration from the author and quotes from scholars. It makes a claim that Disney films help to shape male expectations about the role of women in society, such that women are seen as objects meant to serve men. It also makes an argument about particular images of masculinity – like the strong, chiseled male body that is violent – that are glorified while others are demeaned.


What role do children’s films play in shaping gendered expectations about masculinity? Do you agree or disagree with the stance this filmmaker takes about the kinds of gendered norms Disney constructs?

Do filmmakers who make products for children have a special responsibility that other filmmakers do not?

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