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ERIC Number: EJ1061536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"Nearly Everybody Gets Twitterpated": The Disney Version of Mothering
Fraustino, Lisa Rowe
Children's Literature in Education, v46 n2 p127-144 Jun 2015
This essay makes the case that during the American cold-war era, Disney's animated film classics worked in tandem with their True-Life Adventure series of nature documentaries to reproduce traditional mothering ideology under patriarchy. The animated films do this not by animating the realities of marriage, childbirth, and mothering work for girls to model after but instead by idealizing the dream of romance that leads to the making of the traditional patriarchal family. Through the use of anthropomorphism in the True-Life Adventures, scripts of manhood and motherhood are represented as natural and essential rather than socially constructed. Because of their continual promotion as "timeless masterpieces" and their widespread popularity, Disney animated films and documentaries produced before the second wave of feminism therefore continue to seduce girls toward their own erasure and disempowerment under patriarchy.
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Language: English
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