Skip to comments.Team of Researchers Blames Children's Films for Perpetuating "Heteronormativity" (What?)
Posted on 06/29/2009 9:15:45 PM PDT by TaraP
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, June 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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.
Kazyak and Martin said they studied the role of heterosexual relationships in several of the highest-grossing G-rated films between 1990-2005.
The results, say the researchers, illustrate two ways that the children's films "construct heterosexuality": through "depictions of hetero-romantic love as exceptional, powerful, transformative, and magical," and "depictions of interactions between gendered bodies in which the sexiness of feminine characters is subjected to the gaze of masculine characters."
"Characters in love are surrounded by music, flowers, candles, magic, fire, balloons, fancy dresses, dim lights, dancing and elaborate dinners," the researchers observed. "Fireflies, butterflies, sunsets, wind and the beauty and power of nature often provide the setting for - and a link to the naturalness of - hetero-romantic love."
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."
The team says the results point to heterosexuality achieving a "taken-for-granted status" "because hetero-romance is depicted as powerful."
"Both ordinary and exceptional constructions of heterosexuality work to normalize its status because it becomes difficult to imagine anything other than this form of social relationship or anyone outside of these bonds," they concluded.
"These films provide powerful portraits of a multifaceted and pervasive heterosexuality that likely facilitates the reproduction of heteronormativity."
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."
Sexuality expert Dr. Judith Reisman told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) yesterday that the "politically correct" study reveals "the growing dominance of Heterophobia within academia and the spread of heterophobes among female professionals."
"Now, if the Ladies of the Sociology Society think pornography is becoming the heteronorm and that Disney is contributing to that form of what is really Heterophobia, they might have an argument," Reisman noted.
"However, the Ladies of the Sociology Society appear to favor Homoerotic child propaganda, as the current academic party line dictates."
Leave it to the liberals, huh?
They hate us because we’re normal.
I guess it’s no longer *Normal* to be heterosexual...
WOW...Hand Baskets get ready!!!! Going to H*ll shortly....
I thought we were all born heterosexual or homosexual. That’s what they have been telling us for years and now we find out that it’s really Mickey and Minnie’s fault !!!
Well, these people are quietly affirming what any student of history would see, that sexual preference can be rather fluid in the absence of societal taboos.
I’ve seen you post many threads with an overt Christian, religious theme, TaraP. Wouldn’t you say that the Bible portrays several such ancient societies, and accurately depicts the downward spiral they all go into, once “heteronormativity” is abandoned?
We’re living it now. Mankind never learns.
Not just normal-HETERO Normal.
Know what perpetuates “heteronormativity”? Normal human sex drive. Reproduction. Evolution. Perhaps God.
Damn you Mickey Mouse and Minnie for turning me straight!!
Concepts like “heteronormativity” are the results of academics getting paid to come up with ridiculous unsubstantiated claims instead of educating university students.
Writing about crap like this is how English professors get jobs, and sadly not how they lose them.
The apparently outrageous idea that heterosexual behavior is ‘normal’ and “what what? In the butt!” is not.
We’re approaching Sodom and Gomorrah territory with astonishing speed. Glad I have a metal roof. :-)
Yes I do....
The Destruction of GOD’s Morality and the Family has destroyed every known civilization on the planet..
We are spiraling down to that destruction....
>> What pseudo- intellectual bubble do these people inhabit?
Logic and reasoning are not the norm with this crowd. Feelings and bullshit, on the other hand...
Yeah, and their point?
(This is just beyond ridiculous.)
statisticly speaking...if gays are a small % of soceity >5%
doesnt that make hetro “normal” just based on numbers?
no wonder i dont respect these loons
Heterophobes are very disturbed people who should not be allowed to have any control or authority over others because of the psychological damage they would do to them.