Disney & Gender Roles: Examples & Cultural Relevance


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Why is the concept of cultural norms so important?

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1. How can the portrayal of boys and men in Disney films be problematic for young males?

2. How is 'agency', or the attempt to change one's own destiny, related to the problems with Disney's portrayal of Cinderella?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Disney movies have been a staple of popular culture for decades. Questions in this quiz will focus on these movies and their evolution and adaptation to cultural norms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the following:

  • Cultural norms
  • Portrayal of boys and men
  • The role of agency
  • Heroic male characters

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - define important terms and concepts, such as agency and traditional hero tropes
  • Distinguishing differences - identify the character that breaks the traditional hero mold in Disney movies
  • Knowledge application - use information gleaned from the lesson to answer questions about gender roles in Disney movies

Additional Learning

To study this subject further, review the accompanying lesson entitled Disney & Gender Roles: Examples & Cultural Relevance. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Review the concept of tropes and the role they play in Disney movies
  • Explore the body types of characters in Aladdin and The Lion King
  • Discuss Cinderella's experiences and why they are problematic