1) Brave and Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein
2) Connections – Christensen and Croteau
Orenstein opened up the book with the story of her daughter playing snow white, even though she had never told her daughter the story of snow white. Her daughter learned it anyway. This story shows how powerful media is and how children are learning from media, like Christensen says, when they may not even know it. “I do not question that little girls like to play princess: as a child, I certainly availed myself on my mom’s cast-off rhinestone tiara from time to time. But when you’re talking about 26,000 items (and that’s just Disney), it’s a little hard to say where “want” ends and “coercion” begins.” (p. 16) This quote illustrates the secret education that Christensen taught us about. When all these products and ideals are constantly around you, it’s just a matter of time before you are influenced by it. The surveys done on girls after watching stereotyped media also show the secret education or media as a form of education. From watching just two stereotyped ads, Orenstein says that the effects on girl’s ambitions were already apparent.
The chapter “Pinked!” relates to Croteau’s “Media and Ideology”. Orenstein shows how girls are gendered by the color pink and describes all the feminine toys and products out there. Like Croteau would say, this teaches girls to be one way and boys to be a different way. Even as children, young girls and young boys would probably not feel comfortable breaking the rules and going outside of the gender norms. Here's a picture showing all the pink products out there for young girls:
At the beginning of the movie Brave, you could see that the mother was definitely influenced by traditional gender roles and the way life was for her growing. She thought it wasn’t lady like for a girl to be doing archery. She felt strongly about being married to a man. She also had strict rules for what princesses do and don’t do. The mother thought that girls, and especially princesses, should be a certain way and that her daughter was rebellious for going outside of these norms.
3) For Class:
I was surprised that Disney made the movie Brave, since it was very different from the rest of their movies. I’m wondering if anybody else was surprised that Brave was a Disney movie and if they liked it.