Disney Accused of Promoting Heteronormativity

Disney is in for it now. It’s been accused by academics of failing to promote sexual perversion in its movies for children:

Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that the love stories told in classic Disney and other G-rated children’s films — such as the Little Mermaid — are partially to blame for the pervasiveness of what they label “heteronormativity.”

“Despite the assumption that children’s media are free of sexual content, our analyses suggest that these media depict a rich and pervasive heterosexual landscape,” wrote researchers Emily Kazyak and Karin Martin, in a report published in the latest issue of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) publication Gender & Society.

Kazyak and Martin said they studied the role of heterosexual relationships in several of the highest-grossing G-rated films between 1990-2005.

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The results, say the researchers, illustrate two ways that the children’s films “construct heterosexuality”: through “depictions of hetero-romantic love as exceptional, powerful, transformative, and magical,” and “depictions of interactions between gendered bodies in which the sexiness of feminine characters is subjected to the gaze of masculine characters.”

“Characters in love are surrounded by music, flowers, candles, magic, fire, balloons, fancy dresses, dim lights, dancing and elaborate dinners,” the researchers observed. “Fireflies, butterflies, sunsets, wind and the beauty and power of nature often provide the setting for — and a link to the naturalness of — hetero-romantic love.”

Conclude the scholars:

These films provide powerful portraits of a multifaceted and pervasive heterosexuality that likely facilitates the reproduction of heteronormativity.

Just when you thought that Hopey Change put any sort of normativity behind us forever. Apparently the solution is to ply children with homoerotic propaganda.

By the way, University of Michigan is a state-funded school. Taxpayers are forced to finance the corrosive depravity that passes for research.

An academic, seen at top right, is enraged by Disney’s heteronormativity.

On a tip from BURNING HOT. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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