ISSN: 20555695
First published in 2016
3 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2017
What’s so funny about a snowman in a tiara? Exploring gender identity and gender nonconformity in children’s animated films
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Authors:  G Patterson And  Leland G. Spencer 
DOI: 10.1386/qsmpc.2.1.73_1

gender identity,transgender,gender nonconformity,children’s films,animated films,masculinity,femininity,genderqueer

The year 2014 has been dubbed the ‘trans tipping point’, a new era of acceptance towards trans and gender-nonconforming identities. In addition, in recent years, children’s animated film has seen an influx of characters and storylines that appear to celebrate gender diversity. Using inductive and deductive thematic analysis, we examine the gendered messages in top-grossing children’s animated films from 2012 to 2015. Drawing from our analysis, we argue that such alleged gender diversity applies only to a narrow subset of characters in children’s animated film – and these same characters also often function to reinforce oppressive ideas about gender, race and sexuality. Ultimately, despite the visibility of gender diverse characters in and outside children’s film, we caution against premature celebrations that would regard such visibility as progress.
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