Talking Points - Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us
Christensen argues that cartoons, Disney movies, and children's books have the most influence on a child's life, since these are the things that they do most often. Disney movies, such as Peter Pan, portray different kinds of stereotypes that children pick up on. I thought it was interesting when Christensen talked about certain characters in older movies or cartoons, such as the "evil" stepparents, servants were people "of color", and women were portrayed as very sexual human beings. Now that I think back on it, I remember all of the Disney Princesses being sexualized, and all of those stories are about the Princesses finding their true love in order to be happy. Christensen argues that it is not right to teach girls at a young age that a man is the only thing that will make a woman fully happy, and that the goal in life is to find someone to marry.
Christensen explains that children's cartoons, movies, and books portray an image of what society should be like, which gives children the thought that certain genders and races have specific roles that they should play in society. I thought that the author did a great job with teaching her audience more about what we are showing to children and how we can make them realize that what they see in the media is not reality.
- Jennifer Crandall