Two English professors at Missouri State University say that Pixar’s animated movies disenfranchise boys who do not fit “society’s definition of masculinity.”
The professors, Shannon Wooden and Ken Gillam, recently published a book about these concerns called Pixar’s Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Post Modern Age.
For example, the professors say portraying Sid Phillips in Toy Story and Toy Story 3 as a bully for taking apart his toys discourages creativity.
“He’s a rambunctious, but probably really bright, kid and he’s not doing anything wrong per se,” Prof. Gillam said.
The professors also take issue with Monsters University. In the film, Mike Wazowski is bullied for being small, but accepts his limitations and stereotypes by the end of the film. The professors think the film doesn’t encourage kids to fight back against cultural stereotypes.
Wooden sees the moral of the story to be “If you have the misfortune to not be born in the right kind of male body, you may as well get used to life as a loser,” not recognizing and working with strengths and weaknesses.
Wooden and Gillam think Pixar should use its influence to eliminate negative masculine stereotypes.
H/T: Campus Reform