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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

watch it: “Sexism, Strength and Dominance: Masculinity in Disney Films “


I think Sanjay Newton, the creator of this video analysis, misses the mark by quite a bit here. Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston, for instance, is clearly intended as a parody of the very stereotypical imagery of men that Newton says (correctly) is dangerous. Gaston is also the villain whom Belle is repeatedly shown to disdain, and of course he does not win Belle’s heart or hand in the end. He is right, however, about the violent physical battle between two male characters that is the ultimate climax of most Disney films. The Lion King may not, however, be the best example of that, since it is actually about lions, for whom this kind of battle is a part of their world.

I do find it highly intriguing, however, that someone is thinking about how men are depicted in Disney films…

(via Women and Hollywood)



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