Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Sociology and Rural Studies
Research has focused on the gender messages portrayed in television programs, cartoons, advertisements, literature, picture books, and fairy tales. One venue that has not received as much attention in the research is the Disney 1 full-length animated feature films. This is a qualitative study of the gender themes and portrayal of gender roles in full-length animated feature films by The Walt Disney Company. The findings in this research indicate there has been little change in the stereotyped portrayals of Disney characters from the release of the first full-length animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 to the release of Toy Story in 1995. Male characters continue to outnumber female characters. Women are portrayed as performing more in-home labor, less out-of-home employment, and hold little familial or societal power. Small changes are noted in the presentation of character traits for both male and female characters. Perspectives from the sociology of knowledge and the social construction of reality serve as a theoretical framework to explain Disney's continual stereotyped portrayal of gender roles. Within this framework this study demonstrates how the abstract processes of objectification and legitimation occur in the production of gender typifications in the Disney films. The study concludes with a discussion of emerging gender themes and suggestions for future research concerning Disney films.
Disney and The Walt Disney Company are registered trademarks of The Walt Disney Company.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Walt Disney Company Disney characters Sex role in motion pictures Women in motion pictures
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-163)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Wiersma, Beth A., "The Gendered World of Disney: A Content Analysis of Gender Themes in Full-length Animated Disney feature Films" (2000). Theses and Dissertations. 1906.