Essentialized Females Animated: A Feminist Analysis of Visual Pleasure of two Disney Heroines

By Colleen Garside.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper utilizes Mulvey's theoretical perspectives of visual pleasure to analyze Disney's portrayal of "Snow White" and "Pocahontas". It argues that these animated heroines continue to be essentialized females.

Keywords: Mulvey's Theory of Visual Pleasure, Feminist, Essentialization of Women, Disney, Animation

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.772MB).

Dr. Colleen Garside

Colleen Garside (Ph.D. University of Utah, 2004) is an assistant professor of communication at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, USA. She has been teaching for 19 years, during which time she has been affiliated with the International Communication Association (ICA), the National Communication Association (NCA, The Western States Communication Association (WSCA) and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). She is currently a partner with the NCA service learning initiative, Communicating Common Ground. She was the chair of the instructional development division for WSCA and chair of the WSCA Master Teacher Selection Committee. At Weber State, Colleen is the basic course director and has been selected as a finalist for Master Teacher of the Year three times. Her research has been published in Communication Education. Her research interests include communication across the curriculum, service learning, feminist studies, instructional, interpersonal and intercultural communication.


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