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Gender Stereotypes Take Center Stage In Disney’s Frozen

BY Amanda de Cadenet

Are gender stereotypes alive and well? I’m afraid they are, and in spades. Sorry Disney, I really wanted to like FROZEN and support the film. I was hoping the two female characters would not be stereotypes, but alas… Here are my thoughts, I’d love to know what yours are. Share them on Twitter and Facebook with #ConversationFrozen.

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  • Nic Schwartz

    DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS REVIEW. All of Frozen is a beautiful breaking away from EVERYTHING she mentions in this. The movie promotes sisterly love rather than romantic love. Rather than having the classic princess tale where some evil female in some way harms a pretty princess who must then be saved by (sometimes a random) prince charming’s “true love’s” kiss, Frozen rejects it all.

    The movie presents elements throughout most of the film that would make the viewer believe that it was another classic princess story, spewing classic gender roles all around for boys and girls alike. However, in the end, it is sisterly love that saves Anna from her sisters ACCIDENTAL curse, not that of a man. She has the opportunity to get the saving kiss, but sacrifices herself for her sister, saving both Elsa and herself all in one perfect move. Elsa then learns to embrace who she is and that she should not let society’s expectations restrain her. The Prince Charming turns out to be evil, dispelling that as the acceptable norm. NO ONE gets married.
    I do not think I could have screamed any louder at the screen as I watched this. I was, in fact, in the middle of writing an ideological criticism paper on the film explaining these things when I saw this. This film, right now, is the ONLY princess film on the okay list to show my future children. I have been telling everyone how wonderful the film is. It is the perfect start to a hopefully bright future for many more films to come. -fingers crossed-

    I could go into much more detail on this film but I must continue writing my paper. I just felt it was necessary to remedy this.

  • ejh23

    though the stereotypes may appear slightly, for the most part, Frozen breaks most stereotypes, as we discussed in my film and media class. first, the position of power is given to the female roles rather than the male role. secondly, the prince has red hair and turns out to be the bad guy. both of these things are not typical in the animated world. princes tend to be the dark and handsome heroes. Ultimately it was sisterly love that saved Anna, again, making romantic love redundant. It breaks down class barriers as a princess is not usually partnered with a low class “unmanly blonde” character. It does unfortunately portray typical western ideals, but over all I think is a step forward in the world of Disney. Lets not forget it was also directed by a female, something fairly unusual in animation.

  • Katie

    You are a fat, stupid, brit. You literally did not understand the actual meaning of Frozen. You are so stupid it makes me want to throw up.

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