Gender Stereotypes In Movies

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Media has the capacity to capture an audience’s attention and influence someone’s thoughts and ideas. Due to their growing and innocent minds, media can be very influential to children, in some cases it can stick with them as they grow into adults. Recently, this idea has been more concerning because as the world and society changes, the messages these movies are portraying have not. Through their films, Disney uses gender to their advantage, to portray a false sense of what it means to be a man or woman. More so, in portraying princess characters in their films, Disney is affecting how young girls feel about themselves and how their life is going. In Sarah M. Coyne’s and et. al article, “Pretty as a Princess: Longitudinal Effects of Engagement with Disney Princesses on Gender Stereotypes, Body Esteem, and Prosocial Behavior in Children,” she is concerned that these films will influence younger girls’ behavior and attitude. Through her study, she found that “…engagement with Disney Princesses can be limiting, as young girls especially are more likely to embrace traditional female stereo-types both concurrently and longitudinally.” (1923) This shows that by watching these films, girls are only shown female leads in traditional settings, which can limit what they are cable of doing later on in life. Similar to Coyne’s article,…show more content…
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