#4BWTF Frozen, gives women only 41% of the dialogue

Linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer have been analyzing all the dialogue from the Disney princess franchise. Because so many young girls watch these movies — often on constant repeat — it’s worth examining what the films are teaching about gender roles.

This is what they found.

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Aside from the heroine, the films offer few examples of women being powerful, respected, useful or comedic.

“There's one isolated princess trying to get someone to marry her, but there are no women doing any other things,” Fought says. “There are no women leading the townspeople to go against the Beast, no women bonding in the tavern together singing drinking songs, women giving each other directions, or women inventing things. Everybody who’s doing anything else, other than finding a husband in the movie, pretty much, is a male.”

Read more about it here.

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