Masculinity in Disney Movies

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Masculinity in Disney Films
Krista Wilson
May 4, 2013

Turkey Theory
Dr. John P. Hill, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University pointed out that childhood socialization undoubtedly has a powerful effect on adults’ behavior. An exclusive emphasis on these forces reflects an acceptance of the “turkey theory.” The Turkey Theory is a belief that the adult behavioral process is parallel to the preparation of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey. The socialization emphasis assumes that we get “stuff: with characteristics when a person is young. Then, later as adults, we come out of the “oven” which is a complete “turkey.” People are “stuffed” with information and views one specific topics and do not even realized it. Parents instill religious views, political views and even how they are stereotypically what is appropriate for them to do as little boys and girls.
The history of Walt Disney movies includes some of the most groundbreaking animated films of the 20th century however Disney’s reputation has been tied with controversy throughout the years (Maughan). Many children grow up watching these controversial Disney movies. This is because Disney target market is primarily small children as their main audience for their animated movies. “When making an animated feature, Disney always has its target audience, children, in mind. In every cartoon, they are looking to create a world and characters that are simplified to the point that children can understand. At the same time, these environments and characters need to be something every age of viewer can enjoy.” (Hunter 2) In Disney Animated films, particularly in the 1990’s, they display many forms of controversial stereotypes of how men and women should act in society. References

Hunter, Erica. (22 April 2013). Controversies in Disney Movies. Retrieved from Maughan, Jennifer. (6 Aug 2011) History of...
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