So, first I want y’all to look at this post. Did you notice anything? Disney’s leading men have a variety of facial features and body types: noses, chins, musculature, etc.
Now, look at Disney’s leading women. They pretty much fall into one of two categories: the lithe angular babe or the lithe rounded sweetheart, sometimes with a little variation for ethnic distinction. But the one thing all Disney women have in common is that they’re conventionally attractive.
I mean, there are unattractive female characters, but they’re always the comedic relief or the villain. They’re drawn to be unattractive for a reason and that reason is to signify them as “not the heroine”, obviously.
And the male case? The unattractive guy can still be the hero; he’s generally heralded as an even bigger hero for accepting himself. But does that happen for women? Nope. Not at all. It’s too hard and they have to be pretty.
Except they don’t. At least, not in real life. And that’s going to affect how people view what it means to be the hero/heroine. You mean, I have to save the world and look good doing it? Nope. Not at all. It’s not too hard and you don’t have to be pretty.
Well, I actually started this post just to complain about how all Disney women look the same, pretty much, while the boys can look however they want and still be “leading men”. But typing all this stuff out helps me make sense of it. I’m pretty sure no one reads my posts anyways. I should develop these ideas further but I’m getting sleepy.
Oh, and if you got this far, I put those pictures together really quickly so the quality isn’t that good but the point is still quite clear.
I also noticed that most of the women are looking up while equal-ish numbers of the men are looking up or down. I don’t know if it’s because of the pictures chosen or if it’s some “I’m looking up at you because I’m more submissive” thing. Someone should look into that.