Project #155068 - Discussion Response

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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. 


Original Post: Female position in mainstream media has arguably been depicted negatively as they have been viewed as helpless damsels in lives and who always look down on male characters. In my thoughts, the gender problem in Disney addresses one pole gender range- femininity. The portrayal of masculinity has been evident in Disney but has received little attention. In other words, the Disney movies provide a wide range of masculinity representations. Their movies have served to make a point of punishing hypermasculine men like in the case of Jaffar and Gaston. The movies are also making traditional heroes less masculine like Nemo’s father or Sullay (Finding Nemo). There is, therefore, more in representation of male in Disney than what is seen at first glance. This is congruent with Gillian and Gillard’s idea as they record that the New Man trend does not seem nefarious or insidious as well as not one out of step cultural movement (2013). The Disney movies give the numerous sides of human existence, irrespective of the out-dated gender stereotypes. What is more, the Disney movies are a representative of how the community should be like in that the values of nurturing, sharing, and caring are demonstrated so that the values can be incorporated into the community.  The masculine protagonist is not being made of fun in Disney’s own movies. Some of the films such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella are all titled after female characters but it is the men who take the spotlight in these films. Male characters are thrust into the role of heroes even in films entitled after female characters. It is the male characters that somehow save the day. That being said, how can men or boys ever give up or even share a spotlight? Therefore, boys are not learning that masculinity is foolishness and flawed. Girls are not learning that women are more intelligent with their femininity since women are portrayed with questionable behaviour in Disney movies. Girls do not have a platform to learn that they are more intelligent than the males. Women are typically shown in the position of homemaker, queen, and princess. In most cases, female behaviour is portrayed as subservient to the male characters. 


References
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 Incredibles 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 armour, 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. Gillam and Wooden explain that "It is good, we believe, for our son to be aware of the many sides of human existence, regardless of traditional gender stereotypes" (2008). I think that women have struggled long and hard for gender equality in all aspects of life, therefore I don't think that girls are feeling like they are more intelligent than males in their femininity. I think they will always see femininity from a different lense than males, though. We experience it first hand and it's a lot easier for someone such as a male to think they understand it completely, however they don't. I think that this article helps the reader lean towards the position that both genders are becoming more acceptant to males showing emotion and weakness; it can actually portray them as being stronger when they show senses of weakness at times where it's hardest. 

 

Gillam, Ken and Shannon R. Wooden. 2008. "Post- Princess Models of Gender." Retrieved November 10,2016 (https://he213.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/gilliam202620wooden.pdf). 


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.

 

Gillam, Ken and Shannon Wooden. 2008. “Post-Princess Models of Gender: The New Man in Disney/Pixar.” JPF&T—Journal of Popular Film and Television :2-9.

Ryle, Robyn. 2015. Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.

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