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Gender Stereotypes: Cinderella/High School Musical 3

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Eliana Jones

on 29 March 2014

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Transcript of Gender Stereotypes: Cinderella/High School Musical 3

Gender Stereotypes In Disney Films
Cinderella
Why?
Cinderella
&
High School Musical 3
There is a definite noticeable factor of gender stereotypes in both the film Cinderella and High School Musical 3. There are many stereotypical characters being displayed which parents do not regularly investigate before showing their children.
Cliques and "Sticking to the status quo"
In High School Musical, there is a song called " Stick To The Status Quo" the lyrics include:
"Stick to the stuff you know
If you wanna be cool follow one simple rule, don't mess with the flow no, no
Stick to the status quo"
This song promotes cliques and sticking with your group of friends without accepting or branching outwards to other peers. Sticking to the status quo might not be what you want to show your child.
Cinderella as a fairy tale

Gender Stereotypes

Fairy tales are supposed to be told to young children to teach them some type of moral lesson, as most things in life have that purpose. Cinderella is indeed a fairy tale that is supposed to teach children a lesson however is the lesson very moral? People can make the argument that Cinderella is just a source of entertainment for children however, many underestimate the amount of notions children are able to absorb. By watching Cinderella, young girls will come to the conclusion that in order to be genuinely happy, one must find a wealthy, handsome man to quickly fall in love with them or better yet; their beauty. Many can also make an argument stating that there is a good moral story about the step sisters and mother having traits of bad intentions and being cruel which led them to having nobody to fall in love with/not being "awarded" with anything however, it also shows that if one is unappealing, the kingdom will not give you the time of day and will not see past your appearance.
What is HSM 3 teaching children?
High School Musical characters does not show a diversity of body types or various types of beauty. Each character looks like the ideal human being in society's eyes and it shows children that there is no other way to be except that.
High school Musical portrays a misleading and stereotypical scenario of what should be expected from high school.

The original 1950s Cinderella film has a vast amount of gender stereotypes that may not be noticed by many or all parents. If one is unaware, Cinderella is a beautiful, soft spoken, admired girl who yearns for happiness in her life however she is surrounded by an unappealing, evil, ungrateful family. The tale of Cinderella is one of love. Cinderella's father passes away and leaves her with an evil step-mother and two evil step-sisters. Her new family is extremely jealous and spiteful not allowing Cinderella to achieve anything. One day, Cinderella meets Prince Charming and they more or less live happily ever after. Although this may seem like an innocent film that is great to show your children, once it is investigated in depth, one will pinpoint how stereotypical, narrow and simple minded this film genuinely is.
Cinderella is a typical girl who conforms to many stereotypes of female beauty and femininity. Cinderella is a blonde haired, blue eyed beauty who cleans, is very obedient, grateful of everything that comes her way and has her heart set on meeting the man of her dreams; Prince Charming. She is co-operative, domesticated and considered weak. Although her step mother and step sister do not conform to female stereotypes of beauty and femininity, this film is stereotypical of the hopes and dreams young girls should have growing up. Cinderella only finds true happiness when she is married to a man she meets twice and automatically marries. The film Cinderella represents the belief that if you are beautiful enough, you may be able to escape the tough living conditions by getting a wealthy and handsome man to fall in love with you. Is that the kind of goal you want your young child to be striving towards?
High School Musical 3
High School Musical 3: Senior year is a 2008 musical film
and the third and final installment of the High School
Musical trilogy. The film follows six high school students
throughout high school. This film, similar to Cinderella, has
gender stereotypes that are identifiable. It has come to my
attention that each of the six main characters Troy, Chad,
Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan and Taylor have the same noticeable characteristic; beauty. All main characters in this film conform to female and male stereotypes of beauty and all but one character conform to stereotypes of femininity and masculinity. Troy is a tall, handsome, talented jock who is dating the beautiful Gabriella who is a sweet, intelligent, talented girl. Chad is an African American athletic, tall, handsome boy who is dating Taylor who is a beautiful, African American, intelligent girl. Are you seeing the similarities? Sharpay is the beautiful, snobby, wealthy and talented typical girl who works alongside her brother who breaks the stereotypes of masculinity being attractive and talented however has qualities which might put him in a more feminine stereotype of being co-operative, powerless and stylish.
Chad, Taylor, Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay & Ryan (left to right)
Conclusion
Although parents may believe that the films or television shows they allow their child to watch will not have an affect on them in the long run, there are many hidden ideologies and stereotypes that a child can easily latch on to by watching these films or television shows.
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