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The Disney princess is one of the most important female characters many children and adults look up to, but what they don't see are the underlying messages about gender roles the films portray. Many scholars have touched upon the issue of diversity in the Disney Princess franchise, but few have ventured into studying gender role messages that are portrayed in films. This paper studied six films and recorded instances and representation of different aspects of gender role. The examples were separated into five different categories for both the animated and live action princesses. Each princess that was studied showed different characteristics of gender role stereotypes in both the animated and live-action version allowing for different interpretations of their stories.


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