Disney Even looks at Gender Roles

I was recently watching old Disney movies with my family, and I realized…. have you ever seen a male character in the role of maid or nanny? Look how many Disney has; Cinderella always cleaning, Snow White taking care of the Seven dwarfs (aka 7 men), Mary Poppins cleaning and taking care of the children, etc. Disney, like the rest of Western culture too believed women and men had certain roles they needed to perform. Even lately, the movie “Despicable Me” shows a man taking care of the children but he often has no idea what he is doing!

Note: the one female mouse tells the other male mice to “leave the sewing to the women.” Even the mice have gender roles established!

Gender roles are taught to us at a very young age through our family, society, as well as media playing a HUGE role.


One thought on “Disney Even looks at Gender Roles

  1. Monsters Inc did pretty well with Sully and Boo and Mike Wazowski… ??? Or maybe that’s Pixar? I thought they did a fabulous job though, they changed the terror to laughter- Reversed the whole thing in “Are you my mother” where when the baby saw the dad she looked scared.

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