Author

Alexa Blair

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Document Type

Essay

First Advisor

Newman, Amy

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of English

Abstract

This project argues that not all Disney heroines are feminists because not all of them discuss issues relevant to modern feminism, such as sexual violence and intersectionality. While researching for this paper, many articles on fourth-wave feminism and definitions for specific words found in the study of these films were found. A webpage logging recent merchandise updates from official Disney and Disney-affiliated sites was also consulted, in combination with a close analysis of each film discussed in the paper. This work was completed in attempts to ensure that future animators and story-writers for children’s films work harder to include a modern feminist perspective in everything they create, because the first films a child is introduced to are the most influential on their initial worldview. This study came to the conclusion that, because Disney’s merchandise for its heroines is so sparse and objectifying, the company does not value their feminist heroines as much as their Princesses, as they do not make the company as much money.

Extent

24 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type

Text

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