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Are Disney's heroines all happy homemakers?
Does it matter?
Do his villains have racist overtones?

Learners get a chance to react to a feminist critique of Disney's animated movies.

This activity is based on the article, Women, race and culture in Disney's movies. It works best for learners who have seen at least one of Disney's full-length animated movies. (The movies discussed in the article are: Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan.)

Disney movies & characters - warm up

Any visual you have with a Disney movie character on it will be a good starting point for this warm-up.

Don't let this discussion go on for too long - learners will have plenty of time to discuss more, later.

What does the writer think? - reading on the web

* If your learners will find this difficult, you may want to key them in to the fact that the writer is taking a feminist perspective, before they start to read.

Learners' reactions - small group discussion

Learners do NOT have to try to agree about these things.

Our response - small group presentations

Learners form small groups and make a presentation to the rest of the class.
(Learners can form new groups, according to what they want to do.)
The presentation will need to be in a later class session, as learners will need time to prepare.

Give learners these options:

© Chris Doye 1999

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