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Language Investigation. This essay will show the evolvement of gender fairness in the language that the characters use over time in Disney movies.

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´╗┐Language investigation INTRODUCTION This essay will show the evolvement of gender fairness in the language that the characters use over time in Disney movies. The essay will explore three Disney films from 1992-2009. 1. Aladdin produced in 1992 2. Mulan produced in 1998 3. Princess and the Frog 2009 The 3 movies should give me an insight into the gender roles and how much each sex speaks in the films. This study also shows the evolvement of feminism and the [1]Equality movement. As the feminist movement had an underlying pinch point in the Disney industry. One of the socio historical elements that helped Disney to find its equality between the male and female language is third wave feminism. [2] The characteristics of 3rd wave feminism, which was coined in 1992, are ?[3]to challenge or avoid what it deems the 2nd wave?s essentialist definitions of femininity which often assumed a universal female identity and over-emphasized the experiences of upper-middle-class white women.? The 3rd wave feminism encouraged the Princess and the Frog, where the main character is black, and even Mulan where the protagonist is Chinese. The titles of the movies suggest the [4]Equality act, Aladdin ? 1992 (a male name), Mulan -1998 (a female name) and Princess and the Frog -2009 (a female and male names). This essay will examine the break through of women, and then eventually the equality through three of the language frameworks; Semantics, Lexis and Pragmatics. ...read more.

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but it highlights that the feminist roles of the past have taken lead, also the Equality act of 2006[8], has shone through slightly in that in Princess and the Frog (2009) has equal commands, and the lexis has changed towards women, connoting that a radical change . This also ties in with the dominance theory in that men will purposely try to overpower woman, by overpowering them they will command them to do different things. Clearly by looking at the graph one can see that over time the dominance theory has lost it?s meaning, they show that the females have become more commanding therefore overpowering the Dominance theory. INTERRUPTIONS A table to show the interruptions between men and women in the 3 Disney films The bar chart shows that the amount of interruptions in each Disney film, divided into men and women. The interruptions have leveled out over the 17 years. In Aladdin the male interruptions were higher whereas in Mulan and Princess and the Frog they were the same. This shows that between 1992 and 1998, something happened to change the way in which men and women spoke to one another in Disney films. This radical change was the 3rd wave of feminism, it allowed Disney to explore and instigate the interruptions into their films. This links closely with Zimmerman and West The graph is interesting because, Mulan and Aladdin have very similar commanding points, this is similar in both the male and the female sections. ...read more.

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The investigation, if done properly and done into more depth, the essay would have looked at more Disney films and would have gone into more depth with the investigation. The other thing I would do differently is look at a broader range of topics, rather than limiting myself to just politeness, commands and interruptions. I may include empty adjectives and count the different word classes (noun, verb, adjective), said by each sex and draw a better conclusion as to why 3rd wave feminism has become more widespread. Also, I would look at Frozen, where a girl saves a girl rather than a prince. The way in which Disney is going would be intriguing to look at, to see whether they will produce a feminist film, Frozen is half way there however, only one protagonist says [10]?you cant marry a man you just met?, and Anna wants to marry him, it will be interesting to look into how Disney portrays not just women, but other issues around the media such as obesity, sexuality and unemployment. In my opinion Disney should try to tackle these issues, as it would normalize these issues and allow people to discuss these issues. It would also normalize these things and make them not black-listed for the younger generations. ________________ [1] The Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third-wave_feminism [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third-wave_feminism#Purpose [4] The Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today [5] Fifty Key Literary Theorists (Routledge Key Guides) Lane, Richard J. [6] http://www.teachit.co.uk/armoore/lang/gender.htm [7] http://gwstclassblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/disneys-leading-ladies.html [8] http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/equality_act_2006.pdf [9] https://sites.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/all-about-linguistics-2013-release/branches/sociolinguistics/research-in-sociolinguistics/sociolinguistics-2013 [10] http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Elsa_the_Snow_Queen ...read more.

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