Media Influencing Youth. The effects of Disney Productions shaping adolescent girls ideas of gender Media text analyzed: Mulan Ashley Edokpayi GWST 322. Major Themes of Paper.
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Media Influencing Youth
The effects of Disney Productions shaping adolescent girls ideas of gender
Media text analyzed: Mulan
PURPOSE: To introduce and analyze aspects of a film(Mulan) that speculate real-world issues within topics of femininity, ideologies, and masculinities in culture; how these speculations influence audiences(young girls).
Bring Great Honor to Us All: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4cryE6gl1k&feature=related
I’ll Make a Man Out of You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64
Traditional role of women in China is centered around the home, as they are expected to serve their families
“Yin Yang”-used to represent the union of a man and woman; woman being the “Yin”, defined as soft, passive, receptive, and reflective.
Woman’s duty to care for her father in her childhood, her husbands during marriage, and her son in their sons in their widowhood
20th century until present: Chinese women treated with greater respect from their male counterparts; entitled to educational and employment opportunities that didn’t exist in the past.
In Mulan,audiences are given a fair display of an Chinese culture, which adds to the authenticity of the film.
Mulan was one of the first Disney animations that portrayed an alternate, liberated view of the female main character, but at the same time had equal reminders of expected feminine roles in a society.
Disney princesses: extremely feminized, dependent on male
Early childhood is where ideas of gender are unconsciously instilled in children's minds without them being able to determine if these ideas are right or wrong. Disney films (more particularly their animated productions) geared towards young audiences; the ideas of gender portrayed in the movies play a role in shaping children’s mindsets and outlooks.
Not problematic for Disney, because with their admired characters they reel in major profits and are able to attain the cherished status they have held for so long.
Who is there to remind gullible children that everything they see in the movies isn’t always true? (referring to gender roles)
Mulan firmly exhibits concepts of feminine competency within traditional Chinese culture.
Producers of influential productions should offer further diverse representations of young women in their pieces, especially Disney, who created the idealized princess characters that all little girls cherish and desire to be like.
If more noticeable actions were potentially taken to show young girls a better variety of female roles, as done in Mulan, they could become more willing to participate in counter-hegemonic activities and lifestyles that could eliminate constant circulations of dominant femininity.