|Due By (Pacific Time)||11/20/2016 09:00 pm|
I need help with 2 responses to the 2 discussions I've posted below. The requirements and rubric are attached. (150-200 words each)
I've also included my original discussion to help correlate with your response to the discussions.
Gilliam, K. & Wooden, S. (2013). The New Man in Disney/ Pixar. Journal Of Popular Film And Television, Heldref Publications, 2-8.
Discussion 1: Before reading this article, I never quite realized how males are portrayed in almost every Disney movie that I ever grew up watching. From Cinderella, to Little Mermaid, to Sleeping Beauty, and even Beauty and the Beast, males are always portrayed as the prince charming. Where there is a Prince Charming, there is a woman who is desperate for his attention and love. I think these new portrayals of men in these types of Disney movies gives great examples of the different ways we can view males AND females. Males don't always have to be the dominate character that holds all of the power. Movies such as Toy Story, Cars, and The show how the males begin in the movie with a lot of power and hold dominance over everyone else in the movie, yet transform into a new male character that shows a different side to them. I think this article was wonderful to read. These movies showing less male-dominated behavior is a way to represent our society becoming gender equal. This way, our young viewers grow up watching movies that represent how our society is truly, not thinking that women are subordinated to men, and that males always hold the power. I think it's good for young female viewers to realize that they should not always look at males as if they will always be their Prince Charming and knight in shining , as it somewhat makes it seem like females aren't happy without a male (Prince Charming). I don't think the authors are making fun of the masculine protagonist; rather they are showing how strong a man can be even when he's not the most powerful, even when next to a female. I think it will always be apparent that males are more aggressive, and portray a sense of dominance in their behavior. However, it gives the younger boys watching these Disney movies the understanding that it's okay to not always be right, it's okay to be equal to women, and it's most definitely okay to be flawed at times. and Wooden explain that "
Discussion 2: Gillam and Wooden talk about the concept of the “New Man” to describe the trend that Disney is using in their films to show a more “real, human-like” side of men (2008). This is a man who is not afraid to show emotion, and has a woman who gives him the drive to be a better person. “The trend of the New Man seems neither insidious nor nefarious, nor is it out of step with the larger cultural movement. It is good, we believe, for our son to be aware of the many sides of human existence, regardless of traditional gender stereotypes” (Gillam and Wooden 2008:7). This, in turn, shows different genders that masculinity doesn’t have to be perfect and that showing emotion is a part of a healthy lifestyle in society today. In more recent Disney movies like, The Princess and the Frog, Mulan, and Brave, the female is the hero who saves the man or her family/country, which gives young girls empowerment to oversee their own destinies. In these films, the man and masculinity is weakened and the female must use her knowledge and wits to “save the day”. John Fiske’s audience power theory, says “we are not sheep but consumers capable of decoding and interpreting the media as we see and hear to suit our own unique needs and lives and then making decisions about whether that particular media is something in which we’d like to participate” (Ryle 2015:424). The “emasculation of the alpha-male” (Gillam and Wooden 2008:3) may not be taking away power from the male characters, but portraying the message to younger viewers, both male and female, that all men don’t have super powers and that they must work through things and solve problems with the help of the female counter parts to “save the day” as it can be in society today.
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