Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that the love stories told in classic Disney and other G-rated children's films - such as the Little Mermaid - are partially to blame for the pervasiveness of what they label "heteronormativity."
"Despite the assumption that children's media are free of sexual content, our analyses suggest that these media depict a rich and pervasive heterosexual landscape," wrote researchers Emily Kazyak and Karin Martin, in a report published in the latest issue of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) publication Gender & Society.The SWS press release on the research blamed what they called the "old ideals" of romantic relationships, specifically those found the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, which in many instances inspired the films' storylines, for "such heavily gendered depictions and glorified portrayals of heterosexual relationships."
And yet, what they fail to realize is that in every culture, there is a great love story whereby boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl ride off into the sunset together, or at least watch a setting sun from the balcony of a palace.
And that is because, like it or not, that is the norm.
The SWS press release concluded: "President Obama may have declared June to be Gay Pride Month, but entertainment for children therefore continues to perpetuate a less inclusive message, leaving those outside its confines with little to build their own dreams of happily ever after."
Oh mah dear Gawd . . . and people ask me why I am more inclined to help with tuition for truck driving school or encourage my children to take a job after high school. How much is the yearly tuition at U. of Michigan?