Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sexism, Strength & Dominance: Masculinity in Disney Films.

This is a good short film about how boys and men are gendered in the Disney films a lot of us grew up on. Its scary that new generations of kids continue to absorb these images. The film also makes comparisons with how girls and women are portrayed.

Another short film, Reel Bad Arabs, deals with the Islamophobia and anti-Arab images in Disney and Hollywood, and also underscores how pervasive Islamophobia has become in US culture since 9/11. What blew my mind was some of the lyrics for the opening theme of Disney's "Alladin". I quote:

Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face/its barbaric/but hey, its home!


parami10 said...

check out "planet of the arabs" (inspired by reel bad arabs) at

Anonymous said...

I was super pissed that they added the unnecessary male love interest to Mulan. I mean, it already was dealing with gender stuff by Mulan cross dressing to protect her father, but then to take a it away by refusing to let her be the sole protagonist of the story?