The concept that women are fragile or weak is still present in today’s society. This idea can be commonly seen in children’s movies. These films ultimately end up showing the message that women and men are not equal to both young boys and girls.
The link above leads to a short snippet of one of Disney’s classics: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In this scene, Snow White is seen lying down presumed to be dead by those around her. The prince then comes and kisses the fallen damsel and moments later Snow White is brought back from her death-like state and calls for the prince to take her away so they can live their happy ending. This film and other Disney films like it portray women as damsels in distress and are in desperate need of a man to save them. This is a huge step back for the feminist movement seeing that in the early twentieth century women weren’t able to vote because of women’s “frailty, irrationality, and emotional excesses.”(Baynton 41) These films spread the message that women and men aren’t equal, when feminist activists have put so much effort to put an end to hegemonic masculinity.
How can the notion that women are frail and weak creatures be removed from society’s perspective? If Disney were to change the way it portrayed it’s princesses, can future generations see past the dominance of men in society? Will women forever be in the shadows of men?