Thursday’s Thoughts on Gender: This video was introduced to me by a Gender Roles in STEM course I’m taking, and it really cuts down the traditional roles of gender that our kids are bombarded with — without pause. Yes, Disney movies are great and fun, but the lessons that come out of them, the lessons that our children acquire about their own gender and the roles they are supposed to play are limiting and untrue. The basic and archaic attributes of femininity and masculinity derived from the beloved Disney characters define not just the roles our children will play in life, but also their potential. We need to start rethinking gender, and who is going to teach our kids about it: us — their parents, or Disney and other stereotype perpetuating television shows and movies? And if it is up to us, then how are we going to model for them that boys and girls are not so different — that they are equal and that they all deserve equality, potential, and positive representation no matter their gender? Gender must not define how well kids do in school, in sports, or in life. And we need to help them learn this sans ridiculous and old-fashioned representations of the female and the male that were constructed for profit in the first place. They don’t care about our kids and their potential; we do.
What about you? How much influence do you think Disney and other television shows and movies have on our kids’ sense of their roles according to their gender?