JCCC Honors Journal


Gender in Disney is defined differently through various forms of characterization. The study focuses around the messages Disney portrays about gender. Through gender messaging, Disney has left three common recurring themes (Notions of Romance, The Real Housewives of Disney, Is what’s on the outside what’s on the inside?). Disney also has undergone transitions within these themes throughout different time periods (labeled as Classical, Transitional, Contemporary). The changes that have occurred throughout these time periods have been recorded and are valuable in looking at the gender-related cultural scripts of the past. For Disney has changed its interpretation of gender only as much as society let it.