So, with an ongoing debate about Disney challenging gender stereotypes and the female characters becoming more independent, heroic and multidimensional in comparison to previous passive princesses, the look still appears to be an issue.
Patrick Smith, a BuzzFeed reporter, supports this argument with a theory by Alex, who runs the Something Classy Tumblr. The topic grabbed her attention when she saw a picture for the new Pixar movie Inside Out.
She noticed that in the group of these cute creatures, girls (green, blue, and a glowing one) have strikingly similar faces.
After tracing the shapes, the point becomes quite clear. Guys have very distinctive shapes, while all three girls have basically the same round faces with small noses.
But, Alex didn't stop there. She took plenty of other Disney characters representing both sexes and did the same test.
The results almost perfectly mirror her first sample. There is an evident disparity in portraying male and female characters in terms of the looks of their faces. Men get more diversity than women.
Why is there such a disparity?
I guess this trend might reflect high expectations towards female body in our culture. I am not saying that male beauty standards are any less demanding, but I think Tina Fey made a quite accurate observation in her speech during this year Golden Globes:
Matthew McConaughey did amazing work this year. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he lost 45 pounds. Or what actresses call 'being in a movie.'
It seems as if men are still allowed more imperfections than women. And Disney is painfully proving this point with their female characters having microscopic noses. And we know why it's that way, because the big nose is appropriate only for a witch.
Why is this a problem?
I am really glad and truly appreciate the changes that have been made in recent years in Disney movies. I love the fact that female characters have become more independent, complex, and individualistic. But, if we only associate these awesome characteristics with pretty faces, as the face case shows, it does as much harm to children as the previous portrayals of submissive and naive princesses.
Associating good with pretty and bad with ugly, creates a totally disturbing vision of the world. Imagine what it does to the youngest of the audience. When a girl notices that she looks different than her friends with round faces and little noses, she will probably think she is ugly. And ugly means bad. This can cause some serious self-confidence issues and huge bills from a therapist.
So, Disney, please, show us some more female characters with bigger noses and varied faces, like we all have.
What do you think? Are all Disney female faces alike? Do you think this should change? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!