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ERIC Number: ED407118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 13
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Media Portrayals of Love, Marriage & Sexuality for Child Audiences: A Select Content Analysis of Walt Disney Animated Family Films.
Junn, Ellen N.
This study examined the portrayal of love, marriage, and sexuality in 11 romantic and nonromantic Disney animated films. Results showed that four out of five of the nonromantic films had male leads, with males occupying significantly more screen time than females. Half of the romantic films had female leads, who occupied significantly more screen time than males. More lead characters suffered from mother absence than father absence, wherever parental presence could be determined. Females were more often depicted sexually and engaged in passive love-related roles than were males. Males engaged in active love-related, stereotyped roles and made more references to marriage and weddings than did females. Love-related and sexually-related portrayals have increased in recent romantic films of the 1990s, compared to films of the 1950s. A comparable number of or even fewer references to marriage were made in recent films than in films of the 1950s. The two lesser known films, "The Three Caballeros" and "Bongo," had themes involving sexual harassment and physical violence. Tables of screen time percentages and ratios for male and female leads and of statistical data of variants are included. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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